DaMarcus Beasley was in the United States line-up when it met Korea Republic at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO -- The United States and fellow 2014 FIFA World Cup participant Korea Republic will meet in a friendly on February 1 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, it was announced on Monday.
It will be the first meeting between the sides since a 1-1 draw in a 2002 World Cup group stage match.
“As a team that has qualified for Brazil, the Korea Republic will be another great benchmark for us,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “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 message will be the same one we start with every time we get together: we are here to win.”
Overall, the U.S. has one win and two draws in six games against the Koreans, who will be making an eighth World Cup appearance. Prior to the 2002 World Cup, they faced off in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup as Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley scored in a 2-1 win. Six months later, a Clint Mathis goal helped the Americans earn a share of the points in Daegu, Korea.