La gara si disputerà a Sarajevo, capitale e città simbolo delle afflizioni che negli anni novanta accompagnarano il cammino per l'indipendenza nel più ampio contesto della guerra civile originata dalla frammentazione dell'ex Jugoslavia.
La gara che sarà la "prima" assoluta tra le due rappresentative si giocherà all'Asim "Hase" Ferhatović Stadium (Hase è stato il legendario capitano dell'FK Sarajevo ritiratosi nel 1967 e poi morto venti anni dopo per un infarto, ed a cui venne intitolato nel luglio del 2004), ovvero l'impianto un tempo noto anche come Kosevo (sorge nell'omonimo quartiere) o Olimpico, per aver ospitato le cerimonie in occasione dei Giochi invernali ospitati nella città nel 1984.
Kickoff at Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium is set for 8:30 p.m. local (3:30 p.m. ET). The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
"As we head into the huge World Cup Qualifiers in September, this is a great opportunity to get our players together and continue to build on the progress we have made,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “We still have a lot of work to do, and we want to constantly measure ourselves against the top teams in the world. Bosnia-Herzegovina are on an amazing run right now, and the game will be a good challenge for us."
This match will mark the first meeting between the two countries.
Bosnia-Herzegovina is currently ranked No. 15 in the world, its best-ever ranking in its history, which is due to their impressive performance in European qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After six matches, Bosnia-Herzegovina leads Group G with five wins and a draw, and holds a three point lead over Greece. Overall, the Dragons are on an undefeated run of nine matches.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will gather beginning July 1 in San Diego in preparation for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. has been drawn into Group C of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup along with Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica.
The U.S. will face CONCACAF rival Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego in the team’s only tune-up before the start of the 2013 Gold Cup (TICKETS). Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is set for 8 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can follow live ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
After the friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, the U.S. will resume qualifying for the FIFA 2014 World Cup with a match in Costa Rica on Sept. 6, before returning home to face Mexico on Sept. 10 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
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