USMNT to play in KC, Frisco, Jacksonville
CHICAGO -- The U.S. men's national team announced Tuesday two Copa America preparation matches and the site of a World Cup qualifier.
The USA's warm-up matches will be against Ecuador at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 25, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas; and vs. Bolivia at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, May 28 (FS1 and Univision), at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
After Copa America Centenario, the U.S. will play its final match of the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
The U.S., which has played three of six games in the semifinal round, host Guatemala Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, in a qualifier.
The USA drew with Trinidad & Tobago, 0-0, on Nov. 17, 2015 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad in the second game of semifinal round. The U.S. is 16-2-4 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago, holding an 11-0-1 mark in home matches. The U.S. also holds an 11-1-3 edge over the Soca Warriors in World Cup Qualifying, going 7-0-1 in home matches. The USA is 4-0-0 at EverBank Field, winning friendly matches against Israel in 1997 (2-1), Germany in 1999 (3-0), Scotland in 2012 (5-1) and Nigeria in 2014 (2-1).
Toyota Stadium has proved to be favorable for the USA, which has a 2-0-1 record in Frisco dating to 2006. The stadium hosted the first two matches of Group A during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, including a 2-1 victory for the USA against Honduras as Texas native Clint Dempsey scored twice.
Ecuador, 13th in the FIFA rankings and atop the South American World Cup Qualifying standings, was drawn into Group B for the Copa America and will face Brazil, Haiti and Peru. The USA first played in Copa America in 1993, falling 2-0 to host Ecuador in the group stage. The USA holds a 2-5-5 record against Ecuador in a series that dates back to 1984. The teams last played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut, which was the farewell match for USA all-time goal scoring leader Landon Donovan.
The USA has played at Children's Mercy Park (formerly Sporting Park) four times and is 3-0-1 in those games, earning wins in World Cup qualifiers in 2012 and 2013 against Guatemala and Jamaica, respectively, and a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Guadeloupe in 2011. Currently 77th in the FIFA rankings, Bolivia was drawn into Group D at this summer's Copa America along with Argentina, Chile and Panama. The USA has not faced Bolivia since 1999, a 0-0 draw in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The teams have not met on U.S. soil since June 12, 1996, a 2-0 loss for the USA in Washington, D.C. during the U.S. Cup. The USA and Bolivia met in the 1995 Copa America, a 1-0 loss for the USA in Paysandu, Uruguay. The USA has an 0-2-4 all-time record against Bolivia.