Report: USMNT to face Venezuela, Ghana in summer friendlies

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The U.S. Men’s National Team calendar will be packed this summer between CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and Gold Cup, and Bruce Arena’s side has reportedly added two more matches to the fold.

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According to ESPN FC, the USMNT will meet Venezuela and Ghana in June and July, respectively, as the team prepares for its busy summer schedule.

While Ghana has become a World Cup powerhouse over the last several international cycles, Venezuela has already been eliminated from reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia out of the CONMEBOL region.

The U.S. will take on the South American side on June 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah before meeting Ghana on July 1 at Rentschler Field in East Harford, Connecticut.

Arena’s squad will resume WCQ just five days after the Venezuela match when the USMNT hosts Trinidad & Tobago in Denver, Colorado. The U.S. will then travel to the Azteca Stadium to face Mexico on June 11.

The USMNT currently sits in fourth place in the Hexagonal on four points. The top three nations from CONCACAF automatically qualify for the World Cup at the conclusion of qualifying, while the fourth-place side will compete in a playoff against the fifth-place nation from Asia.