Croatia announces November friendly match against United States
The Croatian Football Federation announced that it will play a November friendly match against the United States in London.
U.S. Soccer has not confirmed the match yet, but did confirm to The Washington Post last week they were in discussions with Croatia about scheduling a friendly. Croatia announced the friendly will be played on Nov. 12 at Fulham's Craven Cottage. The U.S. has already scheduled a friendly against Ireland for Nov. 18 at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.
Croatia's first ever match came against the U.S. in 1990 following the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. CFF president Davor Suker referenced the landmark match while announcing the upcoming friendly.
"I am extremely glad to have reached an agreement with my colleagues from US Soccer," Suker said. "We are all aware what the 1990 match signified for Croatia and Croatian football. Nearly a quarter of a century later, USA has an excellent squad, their football is expanding and this encounter will promote both U.S. and Croatian football."
It will be a matchup of teams ranked in the top 20 of the FIFA World Ranking, as the U.S. is 17th and Croatia is 19th.
The U.S. played Ecuador to a 1-1 draw last Friday in Landon Donovan's final match with the national team. The national team plays Honduras on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla.
- Paul Palladino