The U.S. Men’s National Team is reportedly set to take on a pair of South American sides in the buildup to this summer’s Copa America Centenario.
According to Sports Illustrated, the USMNT is likely to face off with Ecuador and Bolivia before this summer’s tournament. Paperwork has yet to be finalized, but SI says that the USMNT will face Ecuador on May 25 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco before facing off with Bolivia on May 28 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
Historically, the U.S. is 2-5-5 against Ecuador with the most recent meeting being a 1-1 draw in Landon Donovan’s final USMNT game in 2014. The USMNT is 0-2-5 against Bolivia, which the team hasn’t played since 2001.
Ecuador is currently unblemished in World Cup qualifying and is set to play in Group B alongside Brazil, Haiti and Peru. Bolivia has picked up three points through four qualifying games and will feature in this summer’s tournament against Argentina, Chile and Panama in Group D.
The two matches come roughly a week before the USMNT takes the field for the tournament-opening game against Colombia on June 3 in Santa Clara, California.
Before the U.S. can focus on this summer’s competition, the team will face off with Guatemala for a pair of World Cup qualifiers on March 25 and 29.
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