USA will face El Salvador in a friendly international on 24 February in a match featuring 2010 FIFA World Cup™ participants, the US Soccer Federation announced on Thursday.
The United States will meet the Salvadorans, their North American regional rivals, at Tampa, Florida, which is among 18 cities included this week in the USA bid for the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cups. The match will be the penultimate outing for the Americans before they name their roster for South Africa 2010, the last being a 3 March meeting against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. The USA will announce their FIFA World Cup roster in early May.
"El Salvador proved to be a strong team in the final round of qualifying, and will pose a good test for this group," USA coach Bob Bradley said. "This game will be an important part of our preparations, providing us with one of the last opportunities to evaluate the players being considered for the World Cup roster."
The Americans are 14-1 with five matches drawn in all-time meetings with the Salvadorans, the only loss coming in a 1992 friendly at San Salvador. The USA beat El Salvador 2-1 last September in a qualifier in their most recent meeting, with El Salvador edging Costa Rica for the last CONCACAF FIFA World Cup slot.