The U.S. men’s national team announced plans for a send-off series before this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Here is the schedule:
|May 27||Azerbaijan||7 p.m.||ESPN2||Candlestick Park; San Francisco (Calif.)|
|June 1||Turkey||11 a.m.||ESPN2||Red Bull Arena; Harrison (N.J.)|
|June 7||Nigeria||3 p.m.||ESPN||EverBank Field; Jacksonville (Fla.)|
Three games in 12 days is similar to what the U.S. will experience in Group G action against Ghana, Portugal and Germany — by no accident. Training camp will begin in mid-May.
After the Nigeria game, the USMNT will travel to its base camp in Brazil, located in Sao Paulo, for its final preparations.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the schedule we have put together for the Send-Off Series,” said coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a news release. “We have some fantastic opponents that will help us get prepared for the teams we will meet in the World Cup, and also the opportunity to experience different climates and conditions in the venues. There has been amazing support from our fans these last years on our path to Brazil, and we know there will be awesome atmospheres in each of the stadiums. It’s the perfect way to start our journey.”
Camp starting in mid-May means the U.S. internationals like Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans could stand to miss around seven games, depending on how far the team advances:
May 17 vs. San Jose
May 24 at Vancouver
May 31 vs. Real Salt Lake
June 7 at Chicago
June 28 at D.C. United
July 5 at Vancouver
July 13 vs. Portland
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