By FRANCO PANIZO
The Under-23 U.S. Men’s National Team hopes to be competing in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, and is continuing its preparations for that tournament with an October visit to the South American country.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday that the U-23s will be taking advantage of the upcoming international FIFA fixture date by gathering for a four-day camp in Brasilia that ends with a friendly against the U-23 Brazil team. The camp begins on Oct. 10.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the invitation from the Brazilian Federation to play against their U-23 national team,” said U.S. technical director Jurgen Klinsmann. “We have emphasized the need for this group to be together as much as possible, and to play against one of the best teams in the world will be a great benchmark for our players.
“They also get a chance to play in Brasilia, which is one of the host venues for the 2016 Olympics, and for many it will be a first taste of what the environment would be like for the tournament. We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”
The U.S. roster for this trip to Brazil should be named soon. The coaching staff will consist of U.S. youth technical director and U-20 head coach Tab Ramos, U-18 head coach Javier Perez, scout Matthias Hamann, and Rob Vartughian as the goalkeeper coach.
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