U.S. U-23s to face Brazil in two friendlies

The U.S. U-23 national team, which faces Colombia in March in a home-and-away playoff for a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games, will play two friendlies against Brazil, Nov. 11 in Recife and Nov. 15 in Belem.

The Andi Herzog-coached team missed a chance to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games when it fell, 2-0, to Honduras at the 2015 Concacaf U-23 Championship semifinal in Utah. A 2-0 win over Canada in the third-place game earned the Americans the playoff with Colombia.

“For our under-23 Olympic team it is vital now - because they face Colombia in March in the playoffs for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro -- that they get games in," said U.S. Soccer Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann in a release. "We were able to arrange two friendly games with Brazil’s Under-23 team in the November fixture window, which is huge.

"It gives our players not only a chance to play against one of the best under-23 teams in the world, but also to be in Brazil and get a little bit of a smell of what it could be then next summer at the Olympics. So this is a wonderful opportunity. We want to thank the Brazilian Federation for that invitation, and for Andi Herzog and his team it’s a great opportunity to measure themselves.”

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