International calendar taking shape for U.S. men's national team

International calendar taking shape for U.S. men's national team

U.S. Men's National Team

International calendar taking shape for U.S. men's national team

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With Thursday night's official announcement that the U.S. men's national team will be taking on Canada in a pre-World Cup qualifying friendly at BMO Field in Toronto on June 3, another piece to the team's 2012 puzzle is in place.

It is shaping up to be a year filled not just with World Cup qualifiers but with intriguing friendlies as well. Next up on the docket for the national team is a meeting with Italy in Genoa on Feb. 29, the first time the U.S. men and Italy will have faced off since the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

While the U.S. Under-23s take center stage in March and early April for Olympic qualifying, things will pick up for the senior team starting in May. Rumors of a late-May friendly against Brazil in Washington, D.C., and another one on U.S. soil against Scotland have yet to be fully substantiated, but both matches appear to be in the works based on numerous reports from those two countries.

Those friendlies and the Canada match — the first USA-Canada bout on Canadian soil since 1997 — will lead into World Cup qualifying in June, when the United States kicks off its quest for Brazil 2014 with a home match against Antigua and Barbuda at a site to be determined and an away match at Guatemala.

What do you make of the upcoming months for the U.S. national team? Think the confirmed and rumored friendlies are against proper competition? Excited for the year ahead?

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