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US to host Bolivia in Memorial Day friendly at Talen Energy Stadium

The US men’s national team will kick off their summer schedule at Talen Energy Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Union, with a friendly vs. Bolivia on Memorial Day (May 28), US Soccer announced on Thursday.

Set for 7 pm ET (broadcast live on FS1, UniMás and UDN), the match is the first of three friendlies in a two-week span, with the US set to visit Ireland in Dublin on June 2 and France in Lyon on June 9. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 22.

“With the addition of the Bolivia game, we have a great set of experiences on the table for our young players this summer,” USMNT head coach Dave Sarachan said in a federation release. “Bolivia presents different challenges than Ireland and France. We’re thrilled to be starting the tour in Philadelphia, one of the great soccer communities in the United States and a fan base that has always supported the national team.”

The Memorial Day clash marks the USMNT’s third visit to the riverside venue in Chester, Pennsylvania, and their eighth all-time meeting with Bolivia. Four of those previous matches ended in draws, while the South Americans have won two and the US have won one.

Their most recent matchup was a pre-Copa América Centenario friendly in Kansas City in 2016, a 4-0 US win highlighted by Christian Pulisic’s first goal with the senior national team. Currently sitting 47th in the FIFA World Rankings, Bolivia – like the USMNT – missed out on the 2018 World Cup, finishing second-to-last in the CONMEBOL qualifying process.

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