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USMNT to play Italy in Belgium November 20th

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It’s the last match of the Kickoff Series.

Credit: Joshua Ganzermiller, Supporters Eye Photography

U.S. Soccer formally announced yesterday that the United States Men’s National Team have agreed to play Italy on November 20th (2:45pm ET, FS1/UniMas/UDN) as the last match in their fall Kickoff Series. The match will be played at a neutral site: Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home of KRC Genk in the Belgian First Division A. Its capacity for UEFA matches is 21,500 spectators.

The match will be five days after the USMNT faces England at Wembley Stadium in London. It will round out a Kickoff Series that have seen the team face 5 teams that competed in the 2018 World Cup. The United States have already completed 4 of the 6 total matches in the series, amassing a 1-2-1 record with a win against Mexico, losses against Brazil and Colombia, and last night’s draw against Peru.

While the USMNT has a 1-7-3 all-time record against Italy, the last time we faced them was when the lone win occurred. That victory, a 1-0 result in Genoa, came with a Clint Dempsey goal to beat the Azzuri.

It’s unclear whether American interim manager Dave Sarachan will lead the team against England or Italy, but we can expect the youth movement to continue with regards to the roster. We will see if they can pass one final test next month.