USA will open against Azerbaijan at 'Stick

[DATEBOOK: Send-Off Series] The USA will open the first of three games in its 2014 World Cup send-off series May 27 against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Matches will follow against Turkey on June 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and against Nigeria six days later at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

All three games will be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. The USA will open its World Cup training camp in mid-May. The exact starting date and location have not been released.

Send-Off Series:
May 27 in San Francisco, Calif.
USA vs. Azerbaijan, 7 pm PT
June 1 in Harrison, N.J.
USA vs. Turkey, 2 pm ET
June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.
USA vs. Nigeria, 6 p.m. ET

"We are absolutely thrilled with the schedule we have put together for the Send-Off Series," said U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. "We have some fantastic opponents that will help us get prepared for the teams we will meet in the World Cup, and also the opportunity to experience different climates and conditions in the venues. There has been amazing support from our fans these last years on our path to Brazil, and we know there will be awesome atmospheres in each of the stadiums. It's the perfect way to start our journey."

The Nigeria game will be the last before the USA will travel to Sao Paulo, its Brazilian base camp during the World Cup, to prepare for the opener against Ghana on June 16.



PRE-WORLD CUP, Other U.S. Matches:
May 29 in Washington, D.C.
Turkey vs. Honduras
May 30 at site TBD
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Ivory Coast
May 31 in Arlington, Texas
Mexico vs. Ecuador
June 1 in Houston
Honduras vs. Israel
June 3 in Chester, Pa.
Greece vs. Nigeria
June 3 in Chicago
Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 4 in Frisco, Texas
Ivory Coast vs. El Salvador
June 4 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England-Ecuador
June 6 in Foxboro, Mass.
Portugal-Mexico
June 6 in Harrison, Calif.
Greece vs. Bolivia
June 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England-Honduras
June 7 in Landover, Md.
Spain vs. El Salvador
June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.
Portugal-Ireland
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