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U.S. national team to play friendly vs. South Africa on Nov. 17 in Cape Town

The Insider tipped you off to the possibility last week, and now a deal in principle has been reached for the U.S. national team to play South Africa in a Nov. 17 friendly in Cape Town. UPDATE: Negotiations have been finalized, the match is set.

Billed as the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup, proceeds will benefit charities. It will be the Americans' 12th game in South Africa in recent years, joining a 2007 friendly vs. Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg, five matches in the 2009 Confederations Cup, a World Cup tuneup against Australia in June, and four World Cup matches later that month.

Many teams around the world are already scheduled to play on the Nov. 17 international fixture date. The Americans are also set to play Poland on Oct. 9 in Chicago and Colombia three days later in Chester, Pa.

Whether Bob Bradley will take a full roster to South Africa is unclear. Two MLS teams will be preparing for MLS Cup that week, two others will have just played in conference finals, and other candidates will have been inactive for one to three weeks. Some European-based players might be reluctant to make the long journey to Cape Town in a tight travel window before returning to their clubs for league matches. Yes, clubs are obligated to release players for fixture dates, but sometimes logistics, travel and form are prevailing factors.

By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2010; 3:36 PM ET
Categories:  South Africa , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: U.S. national team  
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"Whether Bob Bradley would have a full roster for the South Africa match is unclear. Two MLS teams will be preparing for MLS Cup that week...."

No biggie -- it's not like Bradley played Buddle in South Africa the last time....and we could do without Findley.

I think Bradley should use the game as a chance to get playing time for all those "not in the 18" players...

It would be a tremendous honor to win the Nelson Mandela Cup, but none of the players are fit to carry the great man's jock....

Posted by: fischy | September 17, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Call up Najar! I know it won't cap tie him, but it'll get the ball rolling in that direction!


Posted by: DadRyan | September 17, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Najar is not a US citizen and cannot play for the US team until he is one.

Posted by: GregDC | September 17, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Call up Yura Movsisyan!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 17, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fischy

It would be a tremendous honor to win the Nelson Mandela Cup, but none of the players are fit to carry the great man's jock....


No players on the planet would be if compaired to the man himself.

Posted by: francisco_11 | September 17, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

So greg, are you saying....

Posted by: DadRyan | September 18, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

@I-270: you look good in that Maryland Renaissance Festival ad...


Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 18, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

You do know that the ads you see are tailored to your browsing preferences, don't you?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 18, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Let's also call up Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Posted by: stancollins | September 18, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

If that's the case, I-270, the computer advertising gurus have some work to do. Molly Hatchet concert tickets? Yep, that ad would make sense. John Deere tractor sale? Yeah, that one too.

But the Renaissance Fair? If I want to dress up and act like something I'm not, I'll run for Congress.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 18, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: TinyJordan | September 18, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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