U.S. vs. Germany: RFK or FedEx?

January 9, 2013

The proposed men’s friendly between the United States and Germany on June 2 would almost certainly take place at RFK Stadium or FedEx Field, several sources have told the Insider.

The U.S. Soccer Federation is finalizing the match as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations and has focused on the Washington area so it could coincide with the organization’s annual general meeting in the nation’s capital in late May or early June.

RFK is available because D.C. United plays at Chicago that day. The friendly would serve as final preparation for the U.S. team before World Cup qualifiers at Jamaica on June 7 and home against Panama on June 11 and Honduras on June 18.

Both RFK and FedEx can make a strong case to host the game:

RFK PROS

History of staging major soccer events

Short walk from the Metro station

Large enough for a substantial crowd (45,000), but small enough to provide festive atmosphere

Minimal issues with the field conditions

No issues with the field dimensions (110 x 75)

Easy access for those staying in the city for the annual general meeting

Klinsmann scored twice at RFK in the 1993 U.S. Cup as Germany came back from a three-goal deficit in the second half to draw with Brazil, 3-3

RFK CONS

It’s 52 years old — and looks, feels and smells like it

Seating capacity substantially limits ticket revenue

No luxury boxes or amenities for high-end sales and VIPs

Not a proper venue to showcase a major international friendly beamed around the world and possibly drawing soccer dignitaries

RFK raccoon says he has a scheduling conflict

FEDEX PROS

Potential for an enormous crowd/ticket revenue (capacity is 82,000)

Modern facility

Ample private boxes and amenities

Close to the Beltway

Who doesn’t like visiting Raljon?

FEDEX CONS

Too big for a friendly, unless a Latin team is the opponent

Possible higher ticket prices to help offset expenses

Narrow field dimensions (110 x 70)

Notorious parking and traffic problems

Long walk from the Metro station

Kenny Chesney concert a week earlier could impact field conditions

Rumor has it in these parts, groundskeeping is substandard (Artificial turf on the way?)

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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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Steven Goff · January 9, 2013