U.S.-El Salvador friendly to be played in Tampa

U.S.-El Salvador friendly to be played in Tampa

U.S. Men's National Team

U.S.-El Salvador friendly to be played in Tampa

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By AVI CREDITOR

The U.S. men's national team will play CONCACAF foe El Salvador in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 24 in a pre-World-Cup friendly (7pm, ESPN Classic/Telefutura), U.S. Soccer announced today.

“El Salvador proved to be a strong team in the final round of qualifying, and will pose a good test for this group,” U.S. head coach Bob Bradley said in a press release. “This game will be an important part of our preparations, providing us with one of the last opportunities to evaluate the players being considered for the World Cup roster. We are excited about the chance to return to Tampa, a community which has a long tradition of supporting soccer.”

Tampa, one of the 18 cities to make the final cut for the USA's bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, last played host to a U.S. game in March, 2007, when the Americans beat Ecuador 3-1 at Raymond James Stadium.

In September, the last time the U.S. and El Salvador met, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore scored to lift the Americans to a 2-1 victory in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Tickets for next month's match go on sale to the public at on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.

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