Thursday, July 05, 2007

USA vs. South Africa: November 17th, 2007?

According to, the USMNT will travel to South Africa to take on the 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

"After a three-month tour Bafana Bafana will then return home for the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge against the USA on November 17. No venue has been confirmed for this match as yet." - has yet to report/confirm this match up.

Assuming that this match up is scheduled, I like it. It adds to the already very well scheduled tail end of the year with the Sweden match on 8/22 in Sweden, the 10/14 match against Catalonia in Barcelona and the 10/17 match against Switzerland. If at all possible, it would be equally as good to schedule a second match either in South Africa or in an other African nation. FIFA does have November 21st set aside for official matches, so why not use it as well?

We should expect to see a Euro based squad for this/these matches as the MLS Cup takes place on the 18th. I guess the USSF could call up players who have already been eliminated, so Donovan can put his name in the hat right now!

How much does a flight to Jo-Burg cost?

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