KENYA BROWN - Monday, June 25, 2018
The US national team will take on six of the world's top teams in a set of friendlies starting in September, US Soccer announced on Monday.
The "Kickoff Series" is scheduled to start on Sept. 7 when the United States face five-time World Cup champions Brazil at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They will then head to Nashiville, Tennessee, to challenge regional rivals Mexico at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 11.
The games in October have not been set, but previous reports have listed Argentina and Colombia as potential opponents.
In November, the national team will head across the pond, where they will first play a friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on Nov. 15. They will then close out the series five days later with a game against Italy.
"We are at the beginning phase of building our identity. These games are obviously huge challenges, and for young players it's an opportunity to see the benchmark of some of the top teams in the world. We can use these experiences to learn about ourselves and take the next steps towards developing into the team we want to become," said US national team general manager Earnie Stewart in a statement on the US Soccer website.
It is unknown whether the team will have a permanent coach in place by the time the series starts.