USMNT friendly against Wales set for Nov. 12 in Swansea

The U.S. men’s national team will play its first game in more than 10 months when it faces Wales on Nov. 12 in Swansea.

The game will be the first in almost a year that the USA has had all its European-based players available. They are expected to comprise all or the bulk of head coach Gregg Berhalter's team.

The will be played on a Thursday during the expanded European window. UEFA added an extra day, pushing the second UEFA Nations League games back to the second Wednesday in the window, allowing federations a chance to schedule a third (friendly) game that helps make up for the loss of games earlier in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Soccer has hoped to schedule a second friendly, against a non-European opponent, later in the November window. Those plans became more problematic when both Australia and New Zealand canceled plans to play friendlies in Britain because of the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic.

The game at Liberty Stadium will be played without fans. The announcement of the friendly came as the Welsh government ordered a 17-day lockdown that took effect at 6 p.m. on Friday. (It ends on Nov. 9.) Sports are still allowed (behind closed doors). The stated goal of the lockdown is to bring down case levels so citizens can enjoy Christmas.

The only game the USA played in 2020 was a 1-0 shutout win over Costa Rica on Feb. 1 in Carson, California. The USA ended the Concacaf Nations League in November with wins over Canada (4-1) and Cuba (4-0).
1 comment about "USMNT friendly against Wales set for Nov. 12 in Swansea".
  1. Ben Myers, October 24, 2020 at 7:49 p.m.

    This will be the first time Berhalter will see our cohort of European-based players in action.  Win, lose or draw, I expect them to make a good impression with their speed, youth, panache, technique and tactical sense.  Wales is no pushover.  

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