US Hits Florida For Friendlies and World Cup Qualifying

US Hits Florida For Friendlies and World Cup Qualifying

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 15, 2012
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Features, Friendlies, Scotland

US fans will flock Florida for World Cup qualifying and a friendly. (Getty Images)

The US Men’s National Team will be heading back to Florida this year for a round of games, a couple that are critical to getting into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The U.S. will face Scotland on May 26 in Jacksonville, Fla. Kickoff at EverBank Field is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network in the channel’s debut broadcast of a Men’s National Team game.

The United States will kick off the effort to qualify for its seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup when they host Antigua and Barbuda on June 8 at Raymond James Stadium, marking the first World Cup qualifier in the state of Florida since 1980 when the US defeated Mexico in Ft. Lauderdale.

The U.S. has played Scotland six times in its history, holding a lifetime record of 1-3-2 in a series dating back to 1949. The teams last met on U.S. soil in the USA’s final preparation match before the 1998 FIFA World Cup, playing to a scoreless draw on May 30, 1998, in Washington, D.C.

Scotland should be a good test for the US team before qualifying starts. Having the game in Jacksonville is an interesting choice by the USSF but one that should work out pretty nicely (East coast city that is near a major international airport for many of the European-based players to come in and out of ).

I am a little surprised at picking Tampa as the venue for the two WCQ games. A large venue to host two very small teams. I really think the USSF could have done better at picking a smaller venue for those two games. But hey, that could just be me.