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United States to face Korea Republic on Feb. 1; January camp dates also revealed

Dec 2, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

USA soccer team manager Jurgen Klinsmann is pictured on the pitch following his team's international friendly match against Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington Reuters

We know more today about the United States’ national team’s important January camp, which will conclude with a match against fellow World Cup qualifier Korea Republic on Feb. 1 at the StubHub Center outside Los Angeles.

Details on the match are here from U.S. Soccer, which made the announcement early Monday afternoon.

The national team’s annual January camp, once again for mostly MLS players and a scattering still playing in Scandinavian leagues, always concludes with a match or two. In this case, the United States and Korea (South Korea) are meeting for the first time since they faced in the 2002 World Cup group stage.

The announcement from U.S. Soccer does not include the full camp details – but we have them here.

Klinsmann will begin his third January camp on Jan. 6; as usual, the camp will be held at the national team’s training site at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Players and staff travel into Brazil on Jan. 12 for almost two weeks of training at the team’s Sao Paulo base, the U.S. training site for World Cup 2014. Obviously, Klinsmann is using the time (Jan. 12-25) as a dry run and a chance to get as many players and staff as possible familiar and comfortable with the surroundings.

The team travels back to California on Jan. 26 for a few more days of training ahead of the Korea encounter.

  1. talgrath - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    That is certainly an interesting choice, if Korea brings its best players it is definitely a good chance to get a final evaluation of players on the fringe. It’s also a match against someone who has qualified for the World Cup and a group from another region, which can help to remind the players that the games won’t play out like CONCACAF games from here on out (unless a CONCACAF team and the USMNT both make it far enough in the tournament).

    • dws110 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Seeing as Korea is qualified, I can’t imagine they’d leave their potential starters at home. Everyone is going to be doing fine-tuning and team building during the run up. Should be a good game.

      • bostonredsoccer - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Except their top players will be in season in January, so you would only expect to see Korean domestic league players and those in leagues that are out of season.

  2. dws110 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I like that Klinsmann is taking the camp to Sao Paulo. The more comfortable and familiar they guys are with the Brazil base, the better. Plus, there’s the chance to iron out any little bugs prior to the big show, before little inconveniences become big problems.

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