World Cup: US Soccer announces opponents, venues for final tune-up matches ahead of Brazil
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.
All three matches will be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas, and will also be carried on ESPN Deportes Radio.
"We have some fantastic opponents that will help us get prepared for the teams we will meet in the World Cup, and also the opportunity to experience different climates and conditions in the venues," said US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. "There has been amazing support from our fans these last years on our path to Brazil, and we know there will be awesome atmospheres in each of the stadiums. It's the perfect way to start our journey."
The friendly against Azerbaijan will mark the first time the two countries will meet on a senior level. They are coached by Klinsmann's former German national team coach, Berti Vogts.
Of the three opponents, only Nigeria have also qualified for this summer's World Cup. Both Turkey and Azerbaijan finished fourth in their respective European qualifying groups.
The US will begin their World Cup training camp in mid-May ahead of the friendlies. The exact starting date and location of the camp will be released in the near future.
After the match in Jacksonville, the US will travel to São Paulo, Brazil, their base camp location during the World Cup.
Check out the USMNT's fully updated schedule for 2014 here.