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.”