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World Cup: US Soccer announces opponents, venues for final tune-up matches ahead of Brazil

USMNT to play Azerbaijan, Turkey, Nigeria before heading to Brazil
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The US national team now knows its schedule for its final tune-up matches ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and will face off against a brand new opponent.

US Soccer announced Thursday that the team will play three games in its Send-Off Series, in San Francisco against Azerbaijan on May 27 at Candlestick Park, followed by a match against Turkey at Red Bull Arena on June 1, and concluding the series with a friendly against Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. on June 7.

2014-06-01-USA-v-TUR

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Dom, 06/01/2014 - 2:00pm
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Red Bull Arena
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2014-05-27-USA-v-AZE

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USA
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Mar, 05/27/2014 - 10:00pm
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Candlestick Park
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2014-06-07-USA-v-NGR

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USA
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Sáb, 06/07/2014 - 6:00pm
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EverBank Field
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World Cup: Ukraine's wing wizardry gives USMNT painful preview of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo

Ukraine wing wizards give US painful preview of Ronaldo's Portugal
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LARNACA, Cyprus – On the face of it, there appeared to be few positives to take from the US men’s national team’s 2-0 defeat to Ukraine on Wednesday.

However, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes the experience will help his side prepare for one specific opponent it will face at the World Cup.

2014-03-05-UKR-v-USA

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USA
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Mié, 03/05/2014 - 2:00pm
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Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium
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World Cup: After Sunderland snub, Jozy Altidore says USMNT is where he feels most comfortable

After Sunderland snub, Altidore admits USMNT is where he feels most at ease
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LARNACA, Cyprus – Jozy Altidore has earned his place as one of Jurgen Klinsmann’s favorites. Netting eight goals in 2013, he finished the year as the US national team’s top scorer, so despite his poor club form for Sunderland, the 24-year-old was trusted with leading the line in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Ukraine.

World Cup: Mexico off the pace, but hang on for 0-0 draw vs. Nigeria in Atlanta

El Tri off the pace, but hang on for 0-0 draw vs. Nigeria
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Guillermo Ochoa in action for Mexico

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Guillermo Ochoa had to be on point. Luckily for Mexico, he was.

The veteran netminder produced a man of the match performance in salvaging a scoreless draw against Nigeria in front of 68,212 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

2014-03-05-MEX-v-NGR

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Mié, 03/05/2014 - 8:30pm
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Georgia Dome
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743879
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World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann says USMNT "definitely" missed MLS players in loss to Ukraine

Klinsmann: US "definitely" miss MLS players in loss to Ukraine
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LARNACA, Cyprus – Jurgen Klinsmann has come to rely on his MLS-based players in his two-and-a-half years as the US national team head coach.

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