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USMNT to prepare for Copa America Centenario with friendlies vs. Ecuador and Bolivia

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Warming up against similar competition could be helpful for the USA

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Ahead of this Summer's Copa America Centenario, the United States will take on two fellow tournament competitors to get in the best mindset to perform to the best of their abilities. The USMNT will reportedly play Ecuador and Bolivia in two pre-tournament friendlies to acclimate to the South American style before the special one-off tournament kicks off in the beginning of June.

According the Sports Illustrated, the USA will play begin their preparations with a friendly against Ecuador on May 25th in Frisco, TX at FC Dallas' Toyota Stadium. Then, three days later, they'll travel North to Kansas City to take on Bolivia to wrap up the two-game warmup stage in Sporting KC's newly-renamed Children's Mercy Park.

It seems to be the trend for non-group opponents to schedule friendlies against each other to prepare for Copa America. Mexico just recently announced a friendly with USMNT group opponent Paraguay. It makes sense for Jurgen Klinsmann's side to play as many South American teams as they can as their recent track record against them isn't the best.

While scheduling these teams is smart, the risk of stumbling against them in the build up to Copa America and hurting the team's confidence is always a possibility. Then again it could be argued that pre-tournament friendly results are pointless. Before last year's Gold Cup, the USA defeated the Netherlands and Germany away from home and spanked Guatemala at home. We all know how that tournament turned out.

What do you think of these two pre-Copa opponents? Will it hurt or help? Does it even matter?