U.S. Men's National Team

Report: Red Bull Arena to host USMNT pre-World Cup friendly

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The U.S. Men’s National Team’s send-off series will apparently include a stop at Red Bull Arena.

SI.com reported on Wednesday that one of the U.S.’s three friendlies prior to the 2014 World Cup will take place at the home of the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J. The match would likely take place on May 27 or June 1 against an opponent that has yet to be identified, and would mark the Americans’ second trip to Red Bull Arena. The U.S. lost to Ecuador, 1-0, in their previous visit back in 2011.

The Americans’ send-off series has traditionally been based on the east coast. In 2010, the U.S. held its pre-World Cup camp in Princeton, N.J. before playing in friendlies against the Czech Republic in Hartford, Conn. and Turkey in Philadelphia. The U.S. also previously played a send-off series in the New York/New Jersey area, taking on Jamaica back in 2002 before the World Cup in South Korea/Japan.

Additionally, SI.com reported that the U.S. is looking to play its final friendly in Florida on June 7 before departing for Sao Paulo, Brazil the next day.

A Red Bulls spokesman declined to comment on the potential friendly when contacted by SBI.


What do you think of the USMNT possibly returning to Red Bull Arena for a friendly? Who would you like to see them play? Where else are you hoping they stop before heading to Brazil?

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