US Soccer adds Guatemala to summer friendly list days before Gold Cup

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In a final tune-up before the 2015 Gold Cup, the United States will host Guatemala in a friendly at Nashville’s LP Field on Friday, July 3, US Soccer announced Monday.

The game takes place just four days before the beginning of the Gold Cup for the USMNT in Foxborough against Honduras, while Guatemala will have a six-day rest before beginning tournament play against Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago. The July 4th weekend will surely make things extra special for the home side as well on the banks of the Cumberland River.

The two teams also met days before the 2013 Gold Cup – the last time these two teams faced off – and the United States went on to win that tournament. The US won that friendly 6-0.

Earlier in the summer, the US will travel to Europe to take on the Netherlands on June 5 before traveling to Germany for a friendly five days later.

‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play a team like Guatemala before the Gold Cup,” USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann said of the announcement. “They are similar to our opponents in the group stage, so we couldn’t ask for better preparation. Our goal is to win the tournament, and this will be an important first step. Nashville has always been a great home to the National Team, and we look forward to having a fantastic crowd at LP Field.”

The US has 14 wins in 20 matches all-time against Guatemala. Klinsmann will then have to face Honduras, Panama, and Haiti in the Gold Cup group stage.