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

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

  1. Josh D. says:

    What time does it start? ESPN 2?

  2. RedStateJIm says:

    Fantastic…my first Nats game i will be able to attend!!

  3. kfly says:

    Meh. Why, might I ask, are we scheduling so many teams that we’ve been playing in qualification? The likelihood that we’ll meet even one of them is not good.

    The Holland match is a spectacular, but I was hoping for some better friendlies. Remember what happened in ’06? We played Venezuela (worst in their continent), Morocco (I didn’t realize they played soccer there), and Latvia (Latvia?), and we were promptly destroyed by the Czechs in the first game of the tournament. We regrouped for a great effort against Italy, but Ghana wasn’t so pretty, regardless of the awful officiating.

    I attribute a portion of the blame to poor tuneup friendlies. We came in with an undeserved sense of accomplishment, and were greeted with a swift kick in the butts and a bad of assorted candies for participation.

  4. wilyboy says:

    Is it wrong to root for a certain Salvadoran to score another one against the US? DC UNITED!!

  5. kptx says:

    These are not FIFA dates, so it’s pretty tough to get any really good teams (3/3 against the Dutch is the only FIFA date before SA).

    Even if we got a big-name team, our best players and theirs wouldn’t be released by their clubs. These matches are just for the MLS and Scandinavian guys to make their claim.

  6. Katatonia says:

    mls draft had a commercial for it. pretty sure its on espn classic.

  7. patrick says:


  8. MattC Tampa (6miles from Ray Jay) says:

    Can’t wait. Already thinking of the MacDinton’s Pub pre-party. Maybe we can turn it into a charity event like we did a couple of years ago.

    Bring it! Maybe Tiffany the pitch-invasion girl will make another appearance.

  9. Isaac says:

    Good friendly. El Salvador got us on their quick counter attacks, combination plays and creativity, and you’d better believe that’s what Algeria and Slovenia will be boasting against us in the World Cup. We have to learn to cope with teams that are considerably more talented than us, but just like those teams, we have to learn to cope with teams that are less favored to us.

  10. CSD says:

    Matt C thanks for the reminder:

    Oh yes the memories. Patriotism Tampa style:

    link to soccerbyives.net

  11. CSD says:

    Have fun this year will probably be the first in at least 20 years I won’t make it to Tampa.

  12. Brian says:

    probably espn360 too

  13. Brian says:

    We’re gonna hold you to that! Lol

  14. Brian says:

    I’m assuming just MLS based guys? Will Team Scandinavia (Goodson, Feilhaber, Tracy, Parkhurst) even be able to attend? When does their season start?

  15. sarahsilky2006 says:

    yawn. pity cap for mls players

  16. Mingjai says:

    Hope you get your first cap…

  17. inkedAG says:

    Between this friendly and Honduras, I am underwhelmed with our choices. Holland is a better strength test.

  18. kflyknowsbetter says:


    The other team has to agree to play us. Has it ever occurred to you that such short notice scheduling can be very difficult?

    Right now, everyone is scrambling to come up with opponents. Why don’t you offer your services as a booking agent since the USSF is so obviously asleep on the job?

  19. Micah King says:

    Does anyone think Bob will call up the A or B team ? I want to buy the expensive tickets, but not to only meet the B team. I want to meet the A team :).

  20. John says:

    It is unAmurken

  21. Dylan says:

    It’s only one week before the Holland game which will have almost everyone in our A squad, so I think chances of seeing a mostly A team in Tampa are pretty good, and I’m really hoping Gooch will be that camp.

  22. HoneyHell says:

    Expect the B (Backups & Fring Players) & C (2014 WC Prospects) team to play against El Salvador. None of the A team will be released from their European Club teams in time to train for a Non-FIFA data.

  23. Joamiq says:

    Avi Creditor? If you’re a new addition to SBI, I hope you can meet the high standards we’ve come to expect here…

  24. Dustin says:

    Yes, very un-American…

  25. Dustin says:

    Tickets are $21 through the American Outlaws, on sale now.