USMNT to play Brazil in friendly match this September


U.S. Soccer has confirmed that the USMNT will face Brazil in a friendly on Sept. 8.

Reports had previously been rife that the game would take place and now the U.S. has confirmed the friendly against Dunga’s side.

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The match will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, as Neymar and Co. will roll into town. The Selecao were meant to be playing a friendly against Argentina on U.S. soil a few days earlier but that has been called off due to the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal which has close connections to both CONMEBOL and CONCACAF. The last time the U.S. played Brazil was in a friendly match back in 2012 when they lost 4-1 at FedEx Field in Maryland.

As for the U.S., they already have another September friendly penciled in as they will play Peru at RFK Stadium on Sept. 4.

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Given their Gold Cup exit at the semifinal stage to Jamaica, the USMNT will now face a one-off Confederations Cup playoff match against either Jamaica or Mexico in October to decide who will represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederation Cup in Russia.

That means these two friendlies against Peru and Brazil will be crucial preparation as Jurgen Klinsmann aims to get his side in tip-top shape ahead of that playoff, and there’s also the prospect of  handful of his youngsters from these squads representing the U.S. U-23 team in their Olympic qualifiers which also take place in October.