Posted on June 23, 2009
Days after a shock qualification for the Confederations Cup semifinals, the USA Men’s National Team is readying themselves to face a super Spain side which is currently ranked #1 in the world.
Spain has been on an runaway train of an international record 15-consecutive victories and tying Brazil’s international record with 35 games unbeaten.
The matchup at Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein will be aired live on Wednesday, June 24, on ESPN and Univision at 2:25 p.m. ET.
The U.S. last faced the current European champions just before the 2008 European Championship in a 1-0 loss in Santander, Spain, on June 4, 2008.
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra has missed the first three games game with a hamstring strain. His status for Sunday is still questionable.
Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Bradley, Oguchi Onyewu and Jonathan Spector are carrying yellow cards into the Spain match. If either is cautioned, they would miss the placement match on Sunday.
The other semifinal will be played on Thursday, June 25 with Brazil taking on the hosts, South Africa. The finalists will meet on Sunday, June 28, at 2:25 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and Univision, while the runners-up will face off at 8:55 a.m. ET the same day in the third-place match live on ESPN2 and Univision.
This is the second trip to the Confederations Cup semifinals for the U.S., the U.S. falling to Mexico in the 1999 semifinals before topping Saudi Arabia in the third-place match. The U.S. also finished third in 1992 in Saudi Arabia when the event included only four teams.