South Africa's Steven Pienaar and US' Heath Pearce battle for possesion during the 2007 Nelson Mandela Challenge.
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US to take on South Africa on Nov. 17

Just five months after reaching the round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa, the US National Team will be returning to the country that hosted their thrilling, heart-stopping displays.

Bob Bradley & Co. will play South Africa’s national team on Nov. 17 at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town as part of the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavisión at a time yet to be announced.

“We are honored to once again be invited to participate in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup,” said Bradley in a statement. “The experiences in South Africa the past three years were a critical component of our team preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and we will use this opportunity as part of the process of building for the next four year cycle.”

Fans will recall Green Point Stadium as the venue that housed Germany's 4-0 bashing of Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals, and the exciting semifinal match that saw the Netherlands top Uruguay.

The match, the US’ 11th on South African soil, will mark the Yanks’ second participation in the Nelson Mandela Challenge. The Americans defeated Bafana Bafana three years ago with a goal from Steve Cherundolo.

The two sides also met in Washington on June 3, 2000, with Cobi Jones leading the US’ 4-0 victory with a brace.

The game against South Africa follows a pair of friendlies the US will play in October. First, the Red, White and Blue take on Poland on Oct. 9 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavisión. [Click here for tickets]

On Oct. 12, the US will face Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff for that match will be at 8 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN2 and Galavisión. [Click here for tickets]

Fans can also follow those matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and through twitter.com/ussoccer.


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