Kaiserslautern may host U.S.-Poland soccer match
January 12, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The U.S. men’s national soccer team may play the Polish national squad March 1 in Kaiserslautern, a spokesman with the U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday.
Discussions are taking place to play the game at Kaiserslautern’s Fritz Walter Stadion, and officials are expecting to finalize the agreement any day, said Jim Moorhouse, spokesman for the U.S. Soccer Federation.
“We’re trying to schedule the game, but we’re not confirming it 100 percent yet,” he said.
If the game takes place, it would be a precursor to the U.S. national team’s World Cup match in Kaiserslautern against Italy on June 17.
Tickets to the March 1 game, which would be on a Wednesday, likely would be easier to come by than World Cup tickets. Because the game is unconfirmed, details on ticket purchase were not available.
When asked Wednesday if the U.S. would play March 1 in Kaiserslautern, a German at the stadium’s ticket office said, “that is not right.” However, the Polish team’s Web site is reporting the game will take place.
The March 1 game would be an international friendly match. The game would be the only one the U.S. team would play with its full roster prior to the World Cup.
Historically, a match against Poland would be the first time the U.S. team has played a friendly match in a neutral stadium as a stand-alone game in its 90-year history, Moorhouse said.
The World Cup, the world’s premier soccer tournament, will take place in 12 cities across Germany this year, beginning June 9 in Munich and ending July 9 in Berlin. The U.S. team begins World Cup play June 12 when it takes on Czech Republic in Gelsenkirchen.