USMNT: No games before November

The U.S. men's national team, which has not played since early February, won't be gathering in October.

“After extensive conversations about holding a men’s national team camp in October, we ultimately determined the unique challenges created by COVID-19 as it relates to hosting international opponents and getting our players together wouldn’t allow us to move forward,” said men's general manager Brian McBride in a federation statement. “We appreciate the incredible amount of work our staff did and the discussions we had with Major League Soccer to try and address concerns and find solutions. While we won’t have the team together in this upcoming window, we are making considerable progress for November.”

The announcement came shortly before MLS released the remainder of its 2020 regular-season schedule, which calls for games to played through Decision Day on Nov. 8, the last day of the regular season.

Teams will play nine games for the final 37 days of the season. Excluding games during the October FIFA window (Oct. 5-13) would have added to what has been a  very tight MLS schedule.

Just how difficult it is to play in the current environment was revealed later on Tuesday when the first Concacaf international match since the pandemic hit in March was called off.

Costa Rica was supposed to travel to Mexico for a game on Sept. 30, but it was canceled because the Costa Rican government banned the Ticos from traveling to Mexico. El Tri is still scheduled to play at the Netherlands in a friendly on Oct. 7.

At least one U.S. friendly in November with a European-based team is expected.

The USA's 2021 schedule has already been disrupted. It was supposed to start World Cup 2022 qualifying in June with four games, but they have been called off because the start of group stage of the Concacaf preliminary round (four games over two windows in October and November) was postponed.

The USA will play the Concacaf Nations League final four in June and start 2022 World Cup qualifying in September.
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