USA vs. Germany in Washington?

November 14, 2012

RFK Stadium is under serious consideration to host a friendly between the U.S. and German men’s national teams in June as part of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s 100th anniversary events, multiple sources told the Insider.

No deal has been struck and other venues have been contacted, the sources cautioned, but the USSF has had talks with local organizers and placed Washington at the top of its list. FedEx Field, the suburban D.C. venue that staged a U.S.-Brazil friendly last May, could also enter the mix.

The German federation said on its Web site the national team is planning for two friendlies on U.S. soil, May 29 and June 2, but didn’t offer further specifics. The second match, sources said, would be against the U.S. squad.

The Germany friendly would serve as the U.S. team’s final tuneup before World Cup qualifiers at Jamaica on June 7 and against Panama at home four days later. Germany’s May 29 opponent is unclear, although a Latin American country is the most likely choice. The venue has not been selected.

The U.S. team is coached by Juergen Klinsmann, a former German superstar who guided his country’s 2006 World Cup effort.

The USSF turns 100 in April but won’t be able to celebrate the milestone with a major friendly until the European seasons end in May. A match in Washington would coincide with the federation’s annual general meeting in D.C., May 31-June 2.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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