By Grant Wahl
March 11, 2005

U.S. Soccer confirmed to on Friday that the U.S. will meet a close-to-full-strength England team in an exhibition on May 28 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The showdown will mark the first game between the two countries since England beat the U.S. 2-0 in an exhibition match at London's Wembley Stadium in 1994.

The friendly likely will not include England's Spain-based players (David Beckham and Michael Owen), considering La Liga has games scheduled for that weekend. But it is expected that England's domestic-based stars will make the trip.

Coincidentally, The Game of Their Lives -- a feature film about the U.S.'s legendary 1-0 win over England in the 1950 World Cup -- is set to open in theaters next month. The same director-writer team that did Hoosiers, David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo, collaborated on the film, which has been plagued by negative buzz and word of wholesale re-shoots for months.

Two sources familiar with the negotiations said that England also will meet Colombia in a friendly at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., as part of the same trip.

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