The USA males’s nationwide staff will open their 2024 schedule in opposition to Slovenia on Jan. 20, U.S. Soccer stated on Monday.
The match in opposition to the Euro 2024 qualifiers is about to be held at Toyota Stadium in San Antonio, Texas, and can fall outdoors a FIFA worldwide window, which means the roster will doubtless have a heavy MLS presence.
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The 2024 calendar is anticipated to be crowded for the USMNT.
As such, the match is a chance for younger gamers to make their mark and stake their declare to an elevated function at worldwide degree.
“With the World Cup coming to the US in 2026, we’ve positioned an enormous precedence on getting as many gamers as attainable expertise in vital competitions,” U.S. supervisor Gregg Berhalter stated.
“Between the Olympics, Concacaf Nations League and Copa América, the possibilities are there for gamers to make an announcement, and for a lot of of them the sport in San Antonio might be an vital first step.”
Whereas the annual January camp is often shorn of first-team gamers, it has previously served as a springboard for younger performers to start their worldwide careers.
9 gamers that made the squad on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar earned both their first or second cap at a January camp.
That group consists of Tyler Adams, ahead Brenden Aaronson, defenders Walker Zimmerman and Tim Ream and beginning goalkeeper Matt Turner. Particulars on the precise date and placement of the camp are nonetheless to be decided.
This would be the USMNT’s third go to to San Antonio, having final performed there in 2015, when targets from Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo noticed the U.S. prevail 2-0 over rivals Mexico.
The venue, the house of 2022 USL Championship winners San Antonio FC, marks the second time U.S. Soccer will host a match within the house stadium of a membership at the moment enjoying within the USL in the course of the trendy period.
U.S. Soccer views the sport as a chance to attach with followers who reside in cities that do not typically host USMNT matches.
“We’re excited to return to San Antonio for the primary time since 2015. As a part of our core mission to develop the sport, we predict it is vital to deliver the Nationwide Groups to totally different markets throughout the US in addition to showcase the good work being completed in any respect ranges of the game,” U.S. Soccer chief industrial officer Dave Wright stated.
“San Antonio definitely deserves that recognition.”
Slovenia’s latest qualification marketing campaign for Euro 2024 noticed it end tied on factors with Group H winners Denmark.
The U.S. and Slovenia have met twice in worldwide competitors, together with the dramatic 2-2 draw in the course of the group section of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, a match that noticed the U.S. come again from two targets down, and have an obvious game-winner by Maurice Edu controversially waived off by the referee.
In 2011, a purpose and help by Clint Dempsey and a game-winning penalty conversion by Jozy Altidore noticed the U.S. declare a 3-2 victory in Ljubljana.
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