Football: South Korea to visit USA for World Cup tune-up

CHICAGO (AFP) - South Korea will visit the United States (US) for a February 1 international friendly, their first meeting since 2002 coming in an early tune-up for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

The US Soccer Federation announced on Monday that the match would be staged at the suburban home of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA in the 2014 kick-off to American matches ahead of the global football showdown in Brazil.

It will be the first meeting for the South Koreans and Americans since they played to a 1-1 draw in Daegu, South Korea during the 2002 World Cup and it will come after a US training camp in January.

"As a team that has qualified for Brazil, the Korea Republic will be another great benchmark for us," US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

"They bring a different style of play than we have seen in the last two years and that gives us a chance to grow. With only two or three games left before May, this will be an important opportunity for the players who will be finishing off the January camp. The message will be the same one we start with every time we get together - we are here to win."

South Korea lead the US 3-1 with two drawn in their overall rivalry.

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