Jurgen Klinsmann continues to schedule high profile friendly match-ups in order to prepare his squad for World Cup qualifying. With a friendly against Italy already set for February 29th it is widely believed that the US will also take on Brazil and Mexico in 2012.
The Brazilian Federation (CBF) has announced that Brazil will face the US on May 30th or 31st. It has been rumored that the match will take place on US soil with Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. and FedEx Field in the DC area being the most likely destinations. This friendly would take place only a week before the US' World Cup qualifying opener vs. Antigua and Barbuda on June 8th.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klinsmann has made it clear that he US will face Mexico at Azteca Stadium in August. The deal has not been finalized but rumors are that most of the leg work has already been done.
Kudos to Klinsmann. It's about time the US step up and routinely face the best teams in the world. Frankly, the Yanks will never improve if they don't measure themselves against the Brazil's and Italy's of the world and there is no better way to gauge your progress then to play against these types of teams.
Yes, friendly matches are tough to evaluate at times when star players are missing and with the game's lack of real importance but there is enough on the line that these matches are valuable, especially to a team that needs to grow like the US. I can't wait for both of these games but especially the Mexico match in Azteca, as I'm already fired up for that rivalry clash.
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