It will not be an easy start to the 2022 World Cup cycle for the US men's national team. The US will face Brazil at MetLife Stadium on September 7 and after being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup, Brazil is bringing all their stars to New Jersey.
Brazil announced their squad and it includes the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Casemiro, Thiago Silva and more.
A LISTA COMPLETA! Estão aí os 24 jogadores que vestirão a Amarelinha nos próximos amistosos. #SeleçãoBrasileira encara EUA e El Salvador, nos dias 7 e 11 de setembro. #GigantesPorNatureza pic.twitter.com/uNK1VOaBSf— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) August 17, 2018
Of the players selected, 13 were on Brazil's World Cup roster.
The match against Brazil is the first of the US' Kickoff Series, intended to prepare the US for the next cycle of World Cup qualifiers. After Brazil, USA will play Mexico on Sept. 11, in Nashville, Tennessee. They then face Colombia on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as well as another opponent during October that has yet to be determined. After that, it's a match against England at Wembley Stadium in London on Thursday, Nov. 15. before visiting Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at a venue still to be determined.
The United States are yet to announce their roster for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Mexico. All friendlies will take place during FIFA international windows, meaning that the technical staff could call upon their first-choice group of players.