CHICAGO – The U.S. men’s national team will close out the year with its final Kickoff Series match against four-time World Cup champion Italy at Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Live coverage of USA-Italy will be broadcast on FS1, UniMas and UDN at 2:45 p.m. ET.
The game will be Dave Sarachan’s final match as interim coach.
The game will round out the USMNT’s Kickoff Series, a six-game slate of matches against top 25 ranked FIFA opponents scheduled to present a challenge to the developing team at the start of the new World Cup cycle. By the time the match against Italy rolls around, the U.S. will have faced Brazil, Colombia, England, Mexico and Peru this fall, as well as playing France in their last match before heading to Russia to win the 2018 World Cup.
The USA holds a 1-7-3 record against the Azzuri. The two sides drew 1-1 during the group stage of the 2006 World Cup, with Italy going on to win its fourth title. The Americans earned their lone win in the most recent meeting, using a Clint Dempsey strike to take a 1-0 victory in Genoa on Feb. 29, 2012.