Though soccer has yet to enjoy the widespread popularity in the United States that it does throughout the rest of the world, the sport has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. Thanks to some dynamic players and an impressive performance in the 2010 World Cup, soccer is as big in the United States as it has ever been, and there are a number of 2012 International Soccer Matches in the U.S. slated for the coming months.
AS Roma vs. Zaglebie Lubin, July 22 at Wrigley Field
Not all high profile games in the United States feature American teams, and this is a perfect example. Soccer will be played at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1984, and organizers certainly picked two big-name teams for the occasion.
The game has been dubbed Friendly and the Confines, and welcomes two of the most popular teams in Europe. Italy's AS Roma has been playing soccer for more than 84 years, yet the club has never played Poland's Zaglebie Lubin, which has been around since 1945. Even the most casual soccer fan can appreciate the historic match-up between these two clubs.
Three days later, AS Roma will be back in action at Boston's Fenway Park when it takes on Liverpool before wrapping up its United States tour in New York.
U.S. Men's National Team vs. Jamaica, September 11 at Columbus Crew Stadium
While many international matches are friendly exhibitions, such is not the case with this crucial late summer match-up. Jamaica comes to Columbus, Ohio, for a semifinal round qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup, which is slated to be held in Brazil.
Aside from being the next step in qualifying for the World Cup, there is a great deal at stake during this match and it has enough compelling story lines to attract casual fans. Perhaps most significantly, the U.S Men's National team has never lost a match in Columbus, nor have they ever lost to Jamaica.
U.S. Women's National Team vs. Canada, June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium
The men aren't the only team in action this summer. Just weeks before the Summer Olympics kicks off in London, the women's team will be hitting the pitch in Utah to play our neighbors to the north.
Although a friendly match, it should give U.S. fans a chance to get a feeling for the women's team's chances at taking home the gold from London.
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