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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 02/09/2012

United States to play Brazil in soccer friendly at FedEx Field

The U.S. men’s national soccer team will play Brazil in a May 30 friendly at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., the five-time world champion’s first visit to Washington since 1998 and the Americans’ debut at the Redskins stadium.

Kickoff for the Wednesday night fixture is 8 p.m., with TV coverage on ESPN2 and Univision. Tickets, ranging from $40 to $135, will go on sale next Friday via Ticketmaster and ussoccer.com. D.C. United’s full season ticket holders will receive advanced access.

The United States has defeated Brazil once in 16 all-time meetings, the victory coming in a 1998 Gold Cup match in Los Angeles.

The game falls between U.S. friendlies against Scotland at home in late May and at Canada on June 3 in Toronto.

The Americans will then begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with the first two of six semifinal-round games: Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 at home and Guatemala four days later in Guatemala City.

The venues for the Scotland and Antigua matches will be revealed next week.

Training camp is scheduled to open around May 15. With the European club seasons complete and the qualifiers approaching, U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann will assemble his strongest roster since accepting the job last summer.

“When you talk about Brazil, you are speaking of one of the most gifted football playing nations in the world,” Klinsmann said. “It is our goal to be able to match up against teams like Brazil on a consistent basis, so this is an amazing opportunity.”

The teams last met in August 2010, a 2-0 Brazil victory at the Meadowlands.

For Brazil, host of the next World Cup, the Washington visit is part of a four-game slate that is also expected to include Denmark on May 26 in Hamburg, Germany; Mexico on June 3 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex.; and Argentina on June 9 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Brazil’s previous stop in Washington was in October 1998 for a 5-1 friendly victory over Ecuador at RFK Stadium. In 1993, in a dress rehearsal for the U.S.-hosted World Cup the next year, the Brazilians drew with Germany, 3-3, and England, 1-1, both at RFK.

The U.S. team has been a frequent visitor to the nation’s capital but has never played at FedEx Field, the 83,000-seat home to the NFL’s Redskins. Since 1991, the Americans are 13-3-4 at RFK Stadium, including six victories and a draw in the past seven dates. Last summer they defeated Jamaica, 2-0, in a Gold Cup quarterfinal.

FedEx Field was among the venues for the 1999 Women’s World Cup and has hosted three high-profile matches in recent years — D.C. United vs. Chelsea, United vs. Real Madrid, and Barcelona vs. Manchester United.

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Tags:  U.S. national team, Brazil, FedEx Field, Juergen Klinsmann

 
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