The Washington Post

U.S. men and Mexico to clash in Nashville

- BY STEVEN GOFF steven.goff@washpost.com

The U.S. men’s national soccer team does not have a permanent coach, a general manager or a spot in the World Cup this summer, but it does have an impressive slate of opponents lined up for friendlies this fall.

The U.S. Soccer Federation on Thursday announced a Sept. 11 match against archrival Mexico at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. ESPN and UniMas will provide coverage, starting at 8:30 p.m.

The Americans are also slated to play England on Nov. 15 at Wembley Stadium in London and reportedly will face Brazil on Sept. 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N. J., and Italy on Nov. 20 at a European venue to be determined. There are also two October matches in the works.

FIFA has set aside three windows this autumn for internatio­nal matches: Sept. 3-11, Oct. 8-16 and Nov. 12-20.

The Americans are in the process of rebuilding in the wake of missing the World Cup for the first time in 32 years. Interim coach Dave Sarachan is conducting a training camp in Philadelph­ia this week ahead of Monday’s friendly against Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. He then will make several roster changes before matches against Ireland on June 2 in Dublin and France on June 9 in Lyon.

Home friendlies against Mexico are easy moneymaker­s for the USSF. Unlike World Cup qualifiers, when a small stadium is necessary to control ticket sales and provide home-field advantage for an important match, a friendly is largely inconseque­ntial and allows the federation to play in large stadiums with crowds that are typically proMexico. Nissan Stadium, home to the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, holds about 69,000.

The United States is 13-7-6 against Mexico since 2000 but lost at home and drew on the road in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. El Tri leads the all-time series with a 34-18-15 record.

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