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USMNT to face Puerto Rico for first time ever

Guatemala v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifer

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 29: Gyasi Zardes #9 of the United States Men’s National Team gets control of the ball around Rafael Morales #14 of Guatemala and Moises Hernandez #5 of Guatemala in the first half to assist on Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States Men’s National Team’s goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier on March 29, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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The United States men’s national team will ease into its pre-Copa America Centenario friendlies with a first ever matchup with Puerto Rico.

May 22 is the date for the match, which will be played in Bayamon at the home of future NASL team Puerto Rico FC.

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The Yanks will then face Ecuador on May 25 in Frisco, Texas, before hosting Bolivia at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City on May 28.


“We are thrilled to be playing Puerto Rico in our first preparation game for the Copa America Centenario,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “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 USMNT’s group matches for the Copa America Centenario are June 3 against Colombia, June 7 vs. Costa Rica, and June 11 when they meet Paraguay.

PR is the 152nd ranked team in the world, with its most notable players being New York City FC’s Jason Hernandez and CD Aguila forward Hector Ramos.

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