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Poland is added to schedule of games before World Cup.

(Wednesday, December 21, 2005) -- The United States men will face Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany, March 1 as part of preparations for both nations for the 2006 World Cup, the Soccer Association of Poland said.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has listed March 1 as a date for a game in Europe, but has yet to announce the opponent.

Fritz Walter Stadion in Kaiserslautern will also be the site of the U.S.'s second World Cup Group E match June 17. The game against Poland will one of two dates on which the Americans will likely have its European-based players available to prepare for their fifth consecutive trip to the Cup. The other is a trip to play Germany March 22 at Westfalenstadion in Dortmund.

Germany 2006 runs from June 9 to July 9. In the opening round, the U.S. first faces the Czech Republic June 12 at the World Cup Stadium in Gelsenkirchen. After taking on Italy June 17 in Kaiserslautern, Ghana is the June 22 opponent at Frankenstadion in Nürnberg.

Poland's first-round opposition is Ecuador, Germany and Costa Rica.

The U.S. opens the 2006 schedule by hosting Canada January 22 at Torero Stadium in San Diego. On January 29, the Americans will take on Norway at Home Depot Center.

The U.S. will play Japan for only the second time ever February 10 at SBC Park in San Francisco. A domestic friendly is planned for February 19.

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