US Lacrosse announced that the U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Team Canada in a Sept. 8, 2012, exhibition game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., featuring the top two lacrosse teams in the world. The game will take place at 7 p.m. Mountain time.
The “Duel in Denver” is a rematch of the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship gold-medal game, in which Team USA defeated Canada, 12-10, in Manchester, England, and it serves as a prelude to the 2014 FIL World Championships, which will be hosted by US Lacrosse in Denver. The U.S. and Canada have met in the championship game of the last four FIL World Championships.
“This game is a great opportunity for the people of Denver to experience the excitement of international lacrosse, as the two best teams in the world face off against each other for the first time outside of a world championship in nearly 25 years,” said Bill Schoonmaker, chief operating officer of US Lacrosse. “We will be launching our ticket sales for the 2014 FIL World Championship in conjunction with this game.”
The event will feature many of the top U.S. and Canadian players from the 2010 FIL World Championship and will also serve as a launch point for the selection of the training team that will eventually comprise the 2014 U.S. men’s national team. The game will be the first for the U.S. national team program under the direction of new head coach Richie Meade.