The United States Men’s National Team will finish their June Nations League action with a friendly match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Today, U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT will take on Costa Rica on June 9. Kickoff time isn’t out yet, but the game will be broadcast on ESPN2, UniMás and TUDN.
Playing four games in a tight window of time is meant to help prepare players to what World Cup Qualifying windows will look like, beginning in September. The USMNT and Costa Rica are both in the final four of the Nations League, so it could be their second meeting in a very short amount of time. The US faces Honduras in the semifinals, while Costa Rica faces Mexico.
“Costa Rica is a competitive Concacaf team and we are looking forward to this opportunity,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “Combined with the ability to mimic the cadence of matches we will encounter in September and October, this is an important step in our preparation for the start of World Cup Qualifying.”
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