PALM COAST, Fla. – The US Men’s National Team will play a three game send-off series before heading off to the World Cup in Brazil, with the final game being hosted at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
The three game series will feature games against Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria.
The opening match of the tour will be on May 27th against Azerbaijan at Candlestick park in San Francisco, CA (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2). This team is by no stretch of the imagination as talented as the teams that the US will play in Brazil, like Germany and Portugal, but it’ll be a good match for the team to boost their confidence heading into the World Cup.
A few days later, the US will head across the country to Harrison, New York on June 1th at Red Bull Arena (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2) where they’ll play Turkey in a game, while more difficult than Azerbaijan, that the US should be able to handle.
The last time the US played at Red Bull Arena was on October 11th, 2011 in Jurgen Klinsmann’s fifth match as U.S. manager when the Americans lost to Ecuador, 1-0.
The final World Cup tune-up game will be almost a week later on June 7th (7 p.m. ET ESPN) in Jacksonville against Nigeria, who will also be heading to Brazil after the match, in their toughest game of the tour. This game will serve as a true test for Klinsmann’s to see where they stand before heading into pool play of the World Cup, in which they’ll have to take on Germany, Portugal, and Ghana.
The last time the Americans played in Jacksonville, they took care of Scotland, 5-1, on May 26th, 2012. If your looking for a great match to watch and happen to be free that weekend, I’d highly recommend seeing the team in action one last time before they leave the country.
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