PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20: Goalkeeper Tim Howard (C) Jozy Altidore (R) and Clint Dempsey of US national football team leave the tent after a press conference at Irene Farm on June 20, 2010 in Irene near Pretoria, South Africa. The USA will play their next World Cup Group C match against Algeria at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, on Wednesday June, 23, 2010, (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

United States Will Open 2014 World Cup Qualifying In Florida

The U.S. also finalizes friendly schedule, announcing game against Scotland will also be played in Florida.

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United States Will Begin 2014 World Cup Qualifying In Florida

It looks like the United States men's national team will be getting to know Florida well. On Wednesday, it was announced that they will play Scotland on May 26 in a friendly at Jacksonville's EverBank Field and open 2014 World Cup qualifying with their first-ever match against Antigua and Barbuda on June 8 at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.

These announcements seem to finalize the United States' plans through early June. Here's how it's now shaping up:

  • Feb. 29: at Italy in Genoa
  • May 26: vs. Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • May 30: vs. Brazil in Landover, Md.
  • June 3: at Canada in Toronto
  • June 8: vs. Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Fla

Antigua and Barbuda went 5-0-1 with a +21 goal-difference during the previous round of qualifying to advance to this stage. The vast majority of their players have some ties to Antigua Barracuda FC, which played in the USL-Pro last season and went 9-13-2.

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United States Will Host Brazil On May 30 In Maryland

The United States men's national team will host five-time World Cup champion Brazil on May 30 at Maryland's FedEx Field, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday. This will be the first time a U.S. Soccer match has been played at the new home of the NFL's Washington Redskins and just the third time the USMNT has visited Maryland. It will be broadcast on ESPN2.

"When you talk about Brazil, you are speaking of one of the most gifted football playing nations in the world," U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in the announcement. "It is our goal to be able to match up against teams like Brazil on a consistent basis, so this is an amazing opportunity. FedExField is an awesome facility for soccer as we have seen from the games they have hosted, so we are excited to play our first game in the stadium."

This will be the fourth encounter between the United States and Brazil in as many years. The last time they played was on Aug. 10, 2011 in front of more than 77,000 fans at New Meadowlands Stadium.

This announcement leaves the rumored match against Scotland on May 26 as the only pre-World Cup qualifying friendly without a firm schedule. The United States will play at Italy on Feb. 29 and at Canada on June 3. The United States plays their first World Cup qualifier on June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda.

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United States Will Visit Canada On June 3

The United States men's national team will pay a visit to Canada for a friendly at Toronto's BMO Field on June 3, just before the team's start the next round of World Cup qualifying. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. The game is part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Centenary celebration.

"First of all, we are honored to be chosen to be part of Canada’s Centenary Celebration," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a U.S. Soccer release. "This is exactly the type of challenge we are looking for as we grow the team and get ready for the start of World Cup qualifying. There is a great history in the rivalry, and Canada is a team we could see in the final round of qualifying. It’s a win-win for everybody."

The U.S. has a 3-6-1 record in Canada, but has not played there since 1997 during 1998 World Cup qualifying. The U.S. won that game 3-0.

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