U.S. friendly vs. Germany at RFK is official

The U.S. men’s national soccer team will play Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium, a friendly commemorating the U.S. Soccer Federation’s 100th anniversary.

The match, announced Thursday by the USSF, will pit U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann against his native country for the first time and serve as a tune-up for the Americans’ three World Cup qualifiers in June.

Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will provide coverage. Tickets go on sale April 2.

The United States hasn’t played Germany, a three-time World Cup and three-time European Championship winner, since a 2006 friendly in Dortmund, Germany. The sides have not faced one another at a U.S. venue since a 1999 friendly in Jacksonville, Fla.

The USSF targeted a Washington area venue this time because its annual general meeting, which draws officials from around the country, will take place in the city, May 31-June 2. FedEx Field, which hosted a U.S.-Brazil friendly last year, was also considered while Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium was a back-up option.

The U.S. squad last appeared at RFK for the 2011 Gold Cup quarterfinals and is 13-3-4 since 1991 at that venue.

The federation also set the venues for the last four World Cup qualifiers:

June 11: CenturyLink Field in Seattle (vs. Panama), 9:30 p.m. ET. Temporary grass will be placed over the stadium’s artificial turf field. With the Seattle Mariners playing next door at almost the same time, organizers have capped soccer ticket sales at 42,000 to ease traffic and parking issues.

June 18: Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah near Salt Lake City (vs. Honduras), 9 p.m. ET

Sept. 10: Crew Stadium in Columbus (vs. Mexico), 8 p.m. ET

Oct. 11: Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. (vs. Jamaica), time tba

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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