The U.S. Men’s National Team’s first game of 2008 will be a Jan. 19 rematch against Sweden at Carson’s Home Depot Center, Coach Bob Bradley announced – or perhaps let slip – today at the annual Honda Symposium in Los Angeles.
The symposium at the Biltmore Hotel downtown precedes Friday’s Honda Player of the Year announcement.
The game will coincide with what’s becoming a traditional January camp for the U.S. men at the National Training Center.
The U.S. lost to Sweden 1-0 in August.
“In the second half of that game we didn’t seem to believe in what we were doing,” Bradley said. “We lost our focus a bit.”
That game, played in Sweden, featured mainly European-based players. The return game will see Bradley use mainly MLS players, since the European season will still be going on.
Bradley described the U.S. team, which begins World Cup qualifying next year, as “a work in progress.”
I’ll have more on the symposium, which also featured Galaxy GM and President Alexi Lalas, a little later this afternoon, but that nugget was the only real news to come out of the event.