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U.S. to play South Korea in World Cup tune-up in Carson

December 02, 2013|By Kevin Baxter
  • U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann, right, looks on at his squad during a team training session in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 14.
U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann, right, looks on at his squad during a team… (Scott Heppell / Associated…)

The U.S. national team will meet South Korea in an international friendly at the StubHub Center in Carson on Feb. 1 as part of both teams' preparations for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The U.S. and South Korea last met in the group phase of the 2002 World Cup, playing to a 1-1 draw.

The match is the only currently scheduled game for the U.S. during its winter training camp, part of which will also be held in Carson. Korea will play its first match of the new year against Mexico on Jan. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

"As a team that has qualified for Brazil, the Korea Republic will be another great benchmark for us," U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann said in a release. "They bring a different style of play than we have seen in the last two years and that gives us a chance to grow. With only two or three games left before May this will be an important opportunity for the players who will be finishing off the January camp."

The match will be the seventh for the U.S. national team at the StubHub Center, where the Americans are 3-1-2.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by calling (888) 929-7849, or at the StubHub Center ticket office.

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