CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – There will be a different kind of football played at FirstEnergy Stadium in May.
The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday that Cleveland will host an international soccer match between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Belgium on Wednesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
“We are extremely excited that FirstEnergy Stadium was selected as the site for an event which will have a tremendous amount of national and international interest,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said. “The opportunity to host a match like this will give soccer fans who make the trip to Cleveland a chance to see all of the great things that our city has to offer.”
This will mark the third time that the city of Cleveland has hosted a U.S. Men’s National Team match and the first since May 26, 2006. In that contest, which was also held at FirstEnergy Stadium, the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Venezuela, 2-0, in the second stage of the Send-Off Series for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The team’s first match in Cleveland came on May 21, 1994, as they were defeated by Bayern Munich, 3-2, at ld Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
This year’s contest marks the fifth meeting between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Belgium, with each of the previous four taking place on foreign soil. Belgium holds a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series, including a 1-0 victory on September 6, 2011, in their last meeting.
The match against Belgium kicks off a packed summer for the National Team, which will play in three FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.