U.S. men to play South Africa in November

Sep 21, 2007 - 1:21 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- The United States men's national soccer team will take on the 2010 FIFA World Cup host, South Africa, on November 17 in Johannesburg as part of the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup.

The U.S. team has made only two trips to Africa in its history, suffering losses to the Morocco national team in 1992 and 1999.

The Americans routed South Africa, 4-0, in the two teams only other meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2000.

"It is a great honor to be invited to participate in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup," said coach Bob Bradley on the U.S. Soccer web site. "South Africa has always had a talented team, and the match represents an excellent opportunity for our players to travel and play in South Africa."

Bradley, who led the Americans to a 2007 Gold Cup Championship, has posted a 10-5-1 record since taking over for Bruce Arena in December 2006.

The Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, an annual one-match event, began in 1994 and has seen South Africa square off with such nations as Brazil, Argentina and Holland.

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