BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, December 1, 2011
US Soccer today announced the first two games for the US national team in 2012.

On January 21 the US national team will host Venezuela at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Four days later on January 25, the US national team will travel to Panama City to take on Panama in a rare friendly on the road against a CONCACAF opponent.

Both matches will mark the end of the annual January camp that is held primarily for players in MLS and Scandinavian leagues that play during a winter schedule.

The games do not fall on an international date so clubs are not required to release players.

The first international date of 2012 will be on February 29