[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
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."
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
Honduras vs. Israel June 3 in Chester, Pa.
Greece vs. Nigeria June 3 in
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
Greece vs. Bolivia June 7 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
England-Honduras June 7 in
Spain vs. El Salvador June 10 in East Rutherford, N.J.