Without the World Cup to bring us any joy or reason for existing, U.S. Soccer is piling friendlies onto their summer schedule like I pile on a few extra pancakes while trying to eat the pain away.
In addition to playing future Ireland (June 2) and future 2018 World Cup Champions France (June 9), U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that the men will now play Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA on May 28. The match will kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET and be televised on FS1.
“With the addition of the Bolivia game, we have a great set of experiences on the table for our young players this summer,” U.S. head coach Dave Sarachan told ussoccer.com. “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.”
If you remember, the last time the U.S. played Bolivia was the final preparation match for the 2016 Copa America Centenario. In which a certain 17-year-old phenom by the name of Christian Pulisic scored his first-ever international goal. It was a lovely goal, set up by the sweet feet of Darlington Nagbe.
This now makes it three friendlies for whoever is in charge (Sarachan sure sounds like he believes it’ll still be him) of the team to evaluate players in the summer. Will we see anymore or is three the magic number?