USMNT to play Copa America tuneup against Puerto Rico

USMNT to play Copa America tuneup against Puerto Rico

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USMNT to play Copa America tuneup against Puerto Rico

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Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports

Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports

Before the U.S. Men’s National Team plays two important friendlies against CONMEBOL competition in May, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men will play a CONCACAF minnow.

The USMNT will play a tuneup against Puerto Rico on May 22 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (12 p.m., Fox Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes), using mainly European- and Mexican-based players. MLS-based players are expected to arrive to camp after league games on May 21 and 22.

“We are thrilled to be playing Puerto Rico in our first preparation game for the Copa America Centenario,” Klinsmann said in the official release.  “This will be an important opportunity for our players to stay sharp and keep progressing towards our opener against Colombia, and we appreciate all the efforts by the Puerto Rican Football Federation to help organize the match.”

The Americans take on Ecuador on May 25 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, before playing Bolivia at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, three days later.

Following the team’s two friendlies, the USMNT will head to Santa Clara, California, where Klinsmann and company will play Colombia in the first group stage game of the Copa America Centenario. They will then play Costa Rica in Chicago, Illinois, on June 7 before facing off against Paraguay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 11.

The official 23-man roster for the Copa America competition is expected to be released on May 20.

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