U.S. Soccer has clearly noticed the impressive fan support shown to FC Cincinnati, and months after bringing the U.S. Women’s National Team to town, the U.S. Men’s National Team are coming as well.
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U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT will host Venezuela on June 9 at Nippert Stadium, in what will be the USMNT’s final friendly match before the start of the Gold Cup. The USMNT will face Jamaica five days prior in Washington D.C., and then head to St. Paul, Minnesota and the sparkling new Allianz Field to prepare for its Gold Cup opener against Guyana.
“We are looking forward to having this opportunity heading into the Gold Cup,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “Venezuela is in a period of emerging talent with their national teams. This generation of players reached the 2017 U-20 World Cup Final and has already produced an impressive result at the senior level by beating Argentina. Like us, they have been testing themselves against different types of opposition. When you add in the support that FC Cincinnati has developed and we expect to see, you couldn’t ask for a better preparation match.”
Despite it’s political issues and famous national affinity for baseball, the Vinotino has made great strides in the past couple of years. Venezuela’s Under-20 side in 2017 made it to the final of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and a handful of players have already graduated to the senior team.
FIFA ranked Venezuela 27th in the world in their last world rankings, and the Vinotino recently beat Lionel Messi and Argentina in a friendly match.