U.S. men’s national team to host Paraguay, visit Ireland and France
The U.S. men’s national team will proceed the rebuilding course of with a March 27 pleasant in opposition to Paraguay at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, N.C.
The U.S. Soccer Federation on Monday introduced the Paraguay match (7 p.m. kickoff) and confirmed European friendlies that the house groups had already made public: June 2 in opposition to Ireland in Dublin and June 9 in opposition to France in Lyon. TV particulars haven’t been finalized.
The federation can also be engaged on a potential residence pleasant in late May and a number of matches in opposition to high-profile opponents within the fall.
Like the United States, Paraguay failed to qualify for this summer season’s World Cup: Los Guaranies completed seventh in South American competitors, three factors off an automated berth and two in need of a potential playoff spot. The match falls inside a FIFA fixture window, permitting either side to summon any gamers.
The Americans had been looking for to play two friendlies in Europe in opposition to World Cup-bound groups within the March 19-27 window, however failure to qualify for Russia broken their probabilities. Switzerland was one risk. The Swiss, nevertheless, opted to play visiting Panama on March 27 in Lucerne.
Playing on the East Coast will make it simpler for European-based gamers to report to U.S. coaching camp forward of the pleasant. The USSF had additionally thought-about Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., residence to MLS’s Philadelphia Union.
Sahlen’s Stadium — which is a part of WakeMed Soccer Park close to Raleigh and seats 10,000 — hosts two professional groups: USL’s North Carolina FC and NWSL’s North Carolina Courage. The USSF would have most well-liked to play on Saturday as a substitute of Tuesday, however the weekend is put aside for the Courage. (The NWSL has but to announce the 2018 schedule.)
The European leagues will break in the course of the FIFA window; MLS scheduled six matches on March 24 and none between March 25 and 29.
Dave Sarachan, who has served as interim coach since Bruce Arena’s resignation final fall, appears seemingly to oversee the squad in opposition to Paraguay. His contract runs by the top of March, with the flexibleness to pursue different alternatives.
Ireland additionally failed to qualify for the World Cup, dropping a two-leg playoff to Denmark. The U.S. pleasant will happen at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium (51,700). Every week later, the Americans will function France’s final tune-up earlier than the World Cup with a match at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium (59,000).