U.S. to play Denmark in first game since World Cup

November 15, 2006

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. soccer team will play Denmark in an exhibition game on Jan. 20 at the Home Depot Center here, the first game for the Americans since they were eliminated in the first round of the World Cup.

The game figures to be the debut of the successor to Bruce Arena as national team coach. Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann is considered by most to be the favorite to succeed Arena, who held the job from late 1998 until July, when he was told his contract wouldn't be renewed.

The United States also has discussed playing Mexico in an exhibition game on Feb. 7 in the Phoenix area. The Americans are preparing to defend their title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean, to be played in the United States from June 6-24. They also have accepted an invitation to compete in the Copa America, the championship of South America, scheduled for June 26-July 15 in Venezuela.


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