Previous
Ajax Amsterdam
Manchester United
0
2
FT
Game Details
South Africa U20
Italy U20
0
2
FT
Game Details
Zambia U20
Iran U20
4
2
FT
Game Details
Costa Rica U20
Portugal U20
1
1
FT
Game Details
Uruguay U20
Japan U20
2
0
FT
Game Details
Shanghai SIPG
Jiangsu Suning
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Palmeiras
Atlético Tucumán
1
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
2
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Next
By ESPN Staff

Arena: U.S. ready for World Cup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bruce Arena thinks the U.S. soccer team is on equal footing with some of the world's top teams as the Americans prepare for the World Cup.

"Are we ready yet to win a World Cup? I don't think so, but I think we're ready to compete with the best countries in the world. We've demonstrated that," the U.S. coach said Wednesday. "My expectations are very similar to 2002. Our goals are to advance. If we can do that and get to the round of 16, anything can happen."

The United States rose to an all-time high fourth Wednesday in the FIFA world rankings, trailing only Brazil, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Arena coached the Americans to the quarterfinals of the 2002 tournament, where they lost to Germany 1-0. He spoke at a news conference promoting his team's next game, a May 23 exhibition against Morocco.

When The Coliseum was built in the late 1990s, planners did so with FIFA events in mind, making it one of the few NFL venues that can fit a regulation soccer field. Approximately 7,500 tickets have been sold for the game.

"We're hoping that ticket sales continue to go along very, very well, because if we're successful, hopefully, we'll be one of the top candidates for a World Cup qualifier down the road," Titans executive vice president Don MacLachlan said.

After meeting Morocco, the Americans play Venezuela on May 26 at Cleveland and then face Latvia on May 28 at East Hartford, Conn.

At the World Cup in Germany, they open against the Czech Republic on June 12, play Italy five days later and then finish the first round against Ghana on June 17.