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US-Egypt Friendly Announced for February

Dec 13, 2010 – 6:00 PM
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USA EgyptThe U.S. men's national team will begin preparing for the 2011 Gold Cup in earnest Feb. 9, when it will travel to Cairo for a friendly against Egypt, the three-time defending African Cup of Nations champion.

The match is set on a FIFA international fixture date, thus allowing coach Bob Bradley to choose from his full pool of players. He will be looking to test personnel and formations ahead of next summer's Gold Cup, at which a place in the 2013 Confederations Cup will be at stake.

The United States is also scheduled to play Jan. 22 (a non-FIFA date) against Chile at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and working to schedule a March friendly at home against Argentina.

Despite failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup after losing a playoff against Algeria, Egypt is currently ranked No. 10 in the world by FIFA.

The game will be a rematch of one of the most memorable victories in American soccer history, a 3-0 triumph in the group stage finale of the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Entering the match with an 0-2 record, the United States needed to defeat Egypt and overcome a six-goal deficit in the differential tiebreaker to advance ahead of Italy. Goals from Charlie Davies, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, combined with Brad Guzan's shutout and Italy's simultaneous 3-0 loss to Brazil, put the Americans through to the semifinals, where they shocked the world with a 2-0 upset of Spain.

The only other meeting between the two nations was a 3-1 U.S. win in 1987, played in Seoul, South Korea.
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