The U.S. World Cup team never got to Brasilia, falling in the round of 16 one game before it was set to travel to the Brazilian capital. But the U.S.
under-23 national team will head there for a mid-October camp highlighted by a match against Brazil’s U-23 national team -- the 2016 Olympic host -- on Oct. 13.
emphasized the need for this group to be together as much as possible," said U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann
, who also serves as U.S. Soccer technical
director, "and to play against one of the best teams in the world will be a great benchmark for our players. They also get a chance to play in Brasilia, which is one of the host venues for the 2016
Olympics, and for many it will be a first taste of what the environment would be like for the tournament. We couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”
The match will take place
during the October fixture window. The coaching staff will include U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and U-20 head coach Tab Ramos
, U-18 head coach Javier Perez
and national team scout Matthias Hamann
. Rob Vartughian
will be the
goalkeeper coach during the trip.
The first match for the upcoming U.S. U-23 team took place in August. It downed Bahamas senior national team, 5-1, in Nassau.