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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Money On Line For U.S.

LONDON -- The English Football Association has offered the United States soccer team a $25,000 reward for beating England in their friendly match at Wembley on Sept. 7.

The unprecedented move Monday came as the FA said it wanted to ensure a competitive match as England begins its preparations for the 1996 European Championships.

Alexi Lalas, one of the forces behind the Americans' drive into the second round of the World Cup this summer, said he does not think a cash incentive is needed, but insisted his team can take the money and run.

"We've beaten England before and we can do it again," Lalas said. "Wembley will make it tougher but all the sweeter if we succeed."

The defender, now playing for Italian first-division club Padova, scored in the Americans' 2-0 win over England in the U.S. Cup in Boston last year. The loss was one of the most embarrassing results in English soccer's long history.

"We have no competitive matches for the next two years and this was the FA's idea to put a bit of an edge to the game," FA's David Bloomfield said.