It’s is a big year for the United States men’s national team. With new coach Gregg Berhalter leading the way, the team will play friendlies, the 2019 Gold Cup this summer and also the CONCACAF Nations League in the second half of the year.
The MNT will open the tournament against Gold Cup debutantes Guyana at the already sold-out Allianz Field on June 18 in Saint Paul, Minn.
“I think we have a great and challenging group,” U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you prepare yourself to get through a difficult group like this, it sets you up for good things to come. We’re excited to get into camp at the end of May, then develop the team and be able compete in the Gold Cup, which is a fantastic tournament.”
The most anticipated match of the group phase is likely to be the USA’s middle game against the Soca Warriors, who will meet the MNT for the first time since their 2-1 win on Oct. 10, 2017 eliminated the USA from 2018 FIFA World Cup contention on the last day of qualifying.
“I think that will always be there,” he said said when asked about the potential for extra motivation against Trinidad & Tobago. “That’s always going to be an element to that game. For us it’s about taking that emotion out of the game and then performing. We know when we play Trinidad in the second match that we’re going to have an opportunity to put ourselves in a position to advance. It’s going to be an important game — a positional game — and we want to win it.”
Wednesday June 5: USA vs. Jamaica – Washington DC