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USMNT to host Jamaica in June friendly at Audi Field

The U.S. Men’s National Team will be traveling to Audi Field this June, prior to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.

U.S. Soccer announced that Gregg Berhalter’s side will face Jamaica on June 5th in D.C. It will be the first meeting between the sides since the 2017 final, which the USMNT won.

“As we prepare for the start of the Gold Cup, this is the perfect opportunity in terms of opponent and venue,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “Playing against Jamaica we get exposure to another different style of play, and one that we may see later in the tournament.”

“For us, there’s always something special about playing in the nation’s capital. There have been so many memorable games for the National Team in Washington, D.C., and now we look forward to beginning another chapter in the new stadium.”

It will be the first match for the USMNT following the submission of the final 23-player roster. Berhalter will have to submit his roster to Concacaf by June 3rd.

The USMNT are scheduled to play Venezuela four days later in Cincinnati, but the rematch has yet to be made official.

Following that, the USMNT will kick off group stage play in the Gold Cup against Guyana on June 18th.


  1. Good idea. Now play the combo you know they are going to roll out. Bradley and Trapp. See how the speed of Jamaica looks BEFORE the Gold Cup against “slow before he got old” Bradley.

  2. The Cincinnati friendly is in jeopardy because the players association representing the MNT has REFUSED to play the match on sod rolled on top of astroturf.

    The federation needs to reschedule the match on a grass field.

  3. Can GGG bring in more than 23 to camp and make cuts before the deadline for final roster selection

    • From Concacaf’s rules for GC, we can provisionally roster as many as 40 players 30 days ahead and then have to give them a list of 23 players 10 days out. There will be no swapping after group rounds, and if a player from the final 23 gets hurt before the tournament, they can be swapped only from the 40 man list. 24 hours before the first game the rosters freeze for good. My sense of the timing is the scheduled friendlies will be after the 23 has to be picked. So it would make sense to have 30+ in camp trying out, but by the time even the friendlies start we will have cuts already. I also like the idea of a long camp with cuts because it makes sense as a concrete tool to get fit then assess the players, as opposed to pre-judging them based on club playing time. To me if we can whip Green, Wood, Sargent, and Weah into shape in a long senior camp, and they would be better than the others head to head, why am I leaving them of for club playing time? I mean in theory they could be in camp for weeks getting the rust off, then 2 friendlies, group games, etc. Unlike an international date everyone doesn’t have to show up ready, and you can cut people who show too much rust.

      • I doubt we’ll see more than 26-28 during pre-GC. Some might depend on how early MLS releases players.

    • actually i don’t quite have that right, friendlies would be more than 10 days out so they could be used to evaluate cuts

  4. Don’t you mean Home Depot? Depending how much the taxpayers toss in I think there should be a local name or place identifier as at least part of the name (a) to recognize our contribution and (b) to place something permanent in there with a stadium sponsor name that may term out or go away for bankruptcy.

  5. It’s just a minor thing, but with so many teams coming into the league and/or building new stadiums, I can’t keep track of the names of all the fields. Heck, I’m still getting used to the Galaxy’s field being renamed from StubHub to Dignity Health, whatever that is. So, in the future, please write a headline like D.C. Audi Field so I don’t have to read almost the whole article before I find out what city that is.

    • AGREED. I have had season tickets for 10 years now, going to the Sounders-LAFC game and not exactly positive I know the name of the stadium.


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