United States men
Arena returns to patrol RFK sideline in friendly match against Argentina.WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, April 27, 1999) -- Bruce Arena has been a frequent visitor to RFK Stadium since quitting as head coach of its resident D.C. United and taking over the United States national team.
On June 13, Arena will return to the RFK sideline for the first time June 13 when the U.S. will take on Argentina in an international friendly at 1 p.m. (ET) in a match that will be televised live on ABC.
The two nations will also meet in Buenos Aires at a later date to be determined.
Arena will essentially be returning home because his residence is in suburban Fairfax, Va. He guided D.C. United to two Major League Soccer championship, one U.S. Open Cup crown, a CONCACAF Champions Cup title and tothe prestigious InterAmerican Cup.
Argentina is expected to bring nearly its full complement of international superstars to Washington, including Gabriel Batistuta, Diego Simeone, Ariel Ortega and Javier Zanetti in preparation for the Copa America which will be played June 29-July 18 in Paraguay. Led by head coach Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentines recently played The Netherlands to a 1-1 draw March 31 in Amsterdam.
The U.S. is getting ready for the Confederations Cup with opening-round Group B matches against New Zealand (July 24), Brazil (July 28) and Germany (July 30) at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Arena previously led a U.S. team against Argentina in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Birmingham, Ala., with Argentina spotting the U.S. a first-minute goal by Claudio Reyna before winning 3-1 before 83,183 at Legion Field. Several members of that Argentine side are now with the full national team.
The match also marks the third South American opponent the U.S. will have faced thus far in 1999, after playing Bolivia to a scoreless tie and downing Chile 2-1. Argentina is currently ranked seventh in the rankings of world governing body FIFA; the U.S. is 24th.
The last time the U.S. full national team played Argentina National resulted in a shocking 3-0 American victory in the 1995 Copa America. Argentina leads the series 5-1-1.
The June 13 date at RFK Stadium was originally held for a U.S. meeting with Iran, but that match has been tentatively moved to January at a West Coast site, if itís played at all.