The U.S. men's national team has officially announced the scheduling of its long-rumored friendly against Poland, set for Oct. 9th at Soldier Field in Chicago (8pm, Fox Soccer Channel/Univision).
The match will be the first played by the United States since its 2-0 loss to Brazil last week, and could mark the first chance for German-born midfielder Jermaine Jones to make his U.S. national team debut.
The United States is expected to schedule a second friendly for on Oct. 13th (a FIFA fixture date), with Colombia considered a possible opponent and the New York market a potential home for the match.
It remains unclear whether U.S. coach Bob Bradley will still be the team's head coach, but with Bradley slated to meet with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati in the coming days, his future with the team stands a good chance of being determined before the October 9th friendly.
(UPDATED)- The match is likely to feature a team heavy on European players given the fact that 14 MLS teams are on action on the same day, the day before or the day after the friendly. While the match is on an international fixture date, U.S. Soccer has a track record of avoiding calling up MLS players for friendlies that will force them to miss MLS matches. It seems even less likely in October, which will be during the heart of the playoff race.
The only two teams that aren't playing in close proximity to the October 9th match date are Los Angeles and Philadelphia, which play each other on October 7th. That could give players such as Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and Omar Gonzalez time to join the national team in Chicago. (END OF UPDATE)
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