USA set to face South Africa in Cape Town in November

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The U.S. men's national team has an agreement in principle to face South Africa on Nov. 17th in Cape Town in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, U.S. Soccer announced on Friday.

U.S. Soccer is still finalizing the deal, but once completed, it will mark the United States' fourth trip to the African nation in the past three years (twice to play South Africa, once for the 2009 Confederations Cup and most recently for the 2010 World Cup).

What do you think of this match? Excited to see the United States return to South Africa? Were you hoping for a European opponent? Planning to make the trip to lovely Cape Town?

Share your thoughts below.

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70 Responses to USA set to face South Africa in Cape Town in November

  1. Ed Ho says:

    Why would we fly all the players that far for a not very good opponent. I say bad move. Playing either South America teams to prep for Brazil 2014 or play better opponents in Europe would be better calls.

  2. AdamTheRed says:


    We just played in South Africa, why not a more captivating opponent ie a Croatia, Russia etc.

    Rubbish team and too much travel for our boys.

  3. Second City says:

    According to Christopher Walken’s Twitter account, in response to hearing this development, he simply said: ” I got a fever. And the only prescription is more vuvuzelas. ”

    Thanks Christopher.

  4. john godfrey says:


    I would rather play Mexico. Or Ireland. Or France. Or just about anybody.

  5. Bob says:

    I hear Togo has a real good team!

  6. yo daddy says:

    Ya the USA should send fake players with Freddy Adu as captain.

  7. ACarpenter says:

    Several teams, but none real good.

  8. USA_A_OK says:

    After spending 2 weeks in Cape Town during the world cup I can’t blame the team for wanting to go back. Absolutely gorgeous city.

  9. CACuzcatlan says:

    Croatia, Russia? Good on football terms, but imagine the abuse our black (and possibly Latino) players would receive in those countries.

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  12. Brian says:

    Ugghhhh why? It’s right in the middle of the MLS Cup Playoffs and I doubt many of our European based players are going to want to have to travel down to South Africa. Anyone know how much of an international break it will be? A whole week? Just a few days?

  13. NateinSF says:

    Two words: Pay Day

  14. agnigrin says:

    This is a stroke game everybody so we get one of the World Cups… kabiche?

  15. Get The Bid says:

    How many votes does that region get when it comes to the World Cup bids that are about to be cast? I think there may be some politicing going on….

  16. Jimmy says:

    Don’t you think this might have something to do with winning favor for a key World Cup vote or two before December?

  17. Oranje Mike says:

    We always get our hopes up because we look good against mediocre teams. I want us to play good/great sides and in some place where the local support will rattle cages. Toughen our boys up a bit.

    What’s next? Another winter friendly in LA against Sweden?

  18. dman says:

    we’ll play mexico in Feb look at friendly history…it repeats itself

  19. fubar says:

    Here’s the team:

    Adu – MF

    Cooper – S

    Arguez – MF

    Bornstein – D

    Cerci – GK

    Convey – MF

    DeMerit – D

    Grella – S

    Clark – MF

    Wynne – D

    Onyewu – D

    Some Subs:



    Oh, don’t forget John O’Brien!

    Please add to the list at your own disgression…

  20. Rob says:

    It is pert obvious why we would play a less then great opponent…. It is to field a team of new comers. At least that’s what I hope happens.

  21. r.benjamin says:

    Politics aside. I would rather have them travel to South America. Maybe Chile?

  22. Raul says:

    very good point.

  23. yikes says:

    It’s not bad. I’d love for us to have a friendly against Ghana and South Africa during that timespan. It would be nice to play more and more African opponents. Plus it would stoke the growing rivalry we have with Ghana. And we share a lot of things with SA, let’s do it.

  24. yikes says:

    i’d say we have a rivalry with Brazil considering how many times we’ve played them in the last decade or so but we’ve lost so many ­čśŤ

  25. John P says:

    hahahahaha +1 yo. quality

  26. JSmiley says:

    Most European teams are playing Euro 2012 qualifiers.

    Playing across the Atlantic makes it easier for European-based players since they don’t have to change time zones.

    MLS Cup final is Nov. 21, can’t count on having any particular MLS player available.

  27. smokedgouda says:

    The only thing good about this is they’ll get some use out of that beautiful new stadium in Cape Town.

  28. A.S. says:


    I think it is important to play against African teams – sub-Saharan African teams, to be precise. Twice in a row we’ve lost to a sub-Saharan African team in the WC. And it is pretty clear that we don’t fare particulary well against that style. Indeed, I think it was a major error for Bob Bradley not to have played a sub-Saharan African team in the run up to the 2010 World Cup, given our experience in the 2006 Cup.

    But South Africa is not the team I’d want to play. I’d prefer a better test. Give me Ivory Coast or Nigeria or Cameroon or even Ghana again.

  29. TH says:

    Less change in time zone, an away game against OK competition, relatively safe place… not a bad call at all. If you want to go someplace else in Africa, where would you send our players? OK, Egypt, but beyond that? Has to be safe/easy to manage + decent competition + near European time zones.

  30. bottlcaps says:

    It’s good to see the US play an African team. As South Africa is presumed the safest and has arguably the best facilities, it seems like a good choice. I would like to see the US play Ivory Coast, Nigeria and even a grudge match against Ghana, but playing those countries at home would cause a presumed security risk.

  31. Mar Mar says:

    Russians don’t like foreigners period trust me they hate alot of people their especialy latinos,blacks,asians, and yes the jews. Don’t like us americanos either.

  32. RLW2020 says:

    Findley and Wynne might be unavaiable if they are still in MLS the playoffs..

    replace with Alston and Braun.

  33. RLW2020 says:

    another US-Ghana game would be great! Red Bull Arena maybe or else where on the East Coast. or even in Ghana…

  34. MensreaJim says:

    I LOVE Moscow in November!

  35. This is not a bad move, if and only if, Bradley uses the opportunity to use some young untested players along with a few players who were bubble players. I would bring Gooch, Guzan and maybe Dempsey to lead the team, a few MLS players and some U-20/U-23 players. Get some young blood into the mix.

  36. Marching Lions says:

    USSF doesn’t want this team to get better do they, all we play are clown teams who are ranked lower than us, we should be playing the best national teams to keep are squad sharp and competitive as well as giving them some experience. If you ask me we should be playing freindlies against teams like Portugal, Ivory Coast, Germany, and Japan to sharpen our skills against quality opponents not mediocre ones to make us look good and then get massacred by real competition. Mexico is playing quality competition to keep their players sharp, why don’t we? Gulati and co. need to wake up and get working, we should have an approval rating poll for our Federation.

  37. Peter Daniel says:

    Three Words : For the USSF, so they market how good we are against little teams, c’mon they can play someone else like Italy or something.

  38. Jose says:

    What I want to know is whenbob is going to name the roster for poland colombia games. As for this game no complaining lets show mexico how to beat south africa.

  39. Jose says:

    What I want to know is whenbob is going to name the roster for poland colombia games. As for this game no complaining lets show mexico how to beat south africa.

  40. pdid says:

    As a fan has traveled to US friendlies overseas…I’d much prefer we played somewhere in Europe that was easier to get to from the East Coast. It would be nice if the Federation took into account overseas destinations its fans might want to travel to, in order to keep the momentum of US traveling fans. South Africa more than once in the same year is too much…we’re in a recession people!!

  41. Johnbo says:

    Who said Italy wanted to play us? We just played Brazil what the heck more do you want?

  42. bryan says:

    eh. would have much rather play a better team if they are traveling that far.

  43. Aaron in StL says:

    Don’t forget Lletget, Gyau, Renken, and anyone else we need to get capped soon..

  44. MensreaJim says:

    I agree with the tinofoil set, this is a back being scratched and is good for 2022. We wouldn’t go there again for no reason, as nice as South Africa is.

    Too lazy to check, is there the possibility of playing 2 games whilst we are there?

  45. einar says:

    y dont they have a game in antartica for global awarming while they r at it

  46. JFC says:

    $20 says findley and redcardo clark get the call.

  47. sucram89 says:

    True, but this may help the US Bid which is decided in December.

  48. Eurosnob says:

    Dude, chill out. There are quite a few blacks and latinos playing in Russia’s top soccer league.

  49. Kevin says:

    i dont see how playing in countries like Ivory Coast or Ghana can be dangerous.Nigeria, maybe but the other two are pretty safe countries. Ghana has one of the best economies in West Africa. I kinda see playing in those countries sorta like playing in Central America like Guatemala or Honduras.

  50. jig says:

    south africa werent any worse than nigeria or cameroon this past summer.

  51. jig says:

    we just played brazil. mexico last played ecuador and colombia. their next game is against venezuela who are worse than south africa. dont be an idiot.

  52. dman says:

    you’re on

  53. Roman says:

    ya, but we will never play an international friendly in central american countries. Ever.

  54. Nick says:

    I’m glad the first comment voiced exactly what I was thinking…this seems really stupid

  55. Nick says:

    It can’t be a rivalry when only one team wins…

  56. Frank says:

    Are you stupid Venezuela is way better than South Africa.

  57. Jason says:

    This isn’t a vacation.

  58. Tim M. says:

    lol, racism’s everywhere. nothing compares to playing in azteca

  59. Tim M. says:

    Horrible! I would’ve preferred Honduras or Costa Rica. Preferably though i would’ve preferred paraguay, uruguay, chile, venezuela, or any quality european team that isn’t participating in euro 2012

  60. mbm says:

    european countries will be playing qualifiers at that time, won’t they?

  61. SP says:

    i don’t know man, that would require thought. it seems like knee-jerk reactions are more called for here.

    seriously though, thanks for pointing that out, even though most people will ignore it.

  62. SP says:

    it’s a friendly.

  63. Be Reasonable says:

    Such as? What quality European team isn’t participating in Euro 2012 qualifying that day? Some people just NEVER stop complaining.

  64. Danno says:

    You think it’s as simple as calling up Spain,Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay and saying how about next month?


  65. Danno says:

    Too much travel? What do you think happens during international tournaments?

  66. Homer says:

    By your logic, the US should play all their games on the east coast to accomodate you.

    Sounds like a great idea.

  67. BrooklynFC says:

    If we are going to play a south American team, I would rather it be Uruguay….. so we can see what could have been had we beat Ghana

  68. BrooklynFC says:

    Well the yanks did beat the sox for many years but that is still one of the better rivalries in sports