Croatia announces November friendly vs. USMNT

Croatia announces November friendly vs. USMNT

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Croatia announces November friendly vs. USMNT

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

Croatia’s national team played its inaugural game against the U.S. in 1990. Next month, the two sides appear set to meet again for the first time since.

The Croatian Football Federation announced Saturday it had scheduled a friendly against the U.S. Men’s National Team on Nov. 12 at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in London.

U.S. Soccer has not confirmed the friendly, though a source tells SBI the match is in the works, but not finalized. The friendly fits with the team’s announced schedule so far. On Nov. 18, the USMNT will face Ireland in Dublin.

“I am extremely glad to have reached an agreement with my colleagues from U.S. Soccer,” said Croatian Football Federation president Davor Šuker in a statement. “We are all aware what the 1990 match signified for Croatia and Croatian football. Nearly a quarter of century later, USA has an excellent squad, their football is expanding, and this encounter will promote both U.S. and Croatian football.”

Croatia sits at No. 19 in FIFA’s worldwide ranking, two spots below the Americans.

The USMNT faces Honduras on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Florida.

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