CHICAGO – The U.S. men’s national team will open its 2019 schedule with a friendly against Panama at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Sunday, Jan. 27.
The game also will serve as new head coach Gregg Berhalter’s first game at the helm of the USMNT (ESPN2 and Univision Networks at 8 p.m. ET).
Already set to face Costa Rica Friday, Feb. 2 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., the match will open the USMNT’s two-game slate during its annual January camp as the USA begins its preparation for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup this summer and Concacaf Nations League play in the fall. The camp will begin Jan. 7 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
The match will be the USMNT’s fifth at State Farm Stadium, where it holds a 2-1-1 record. The stadium has hosted two USA-Mexico rivalry clashes, with the U.S. earning a 2-0 win over El Trí on Feb. 7, 2007, before playing to a 2-2 draw April 2, 2014. The USA’s last appearance in the venue came against Colombia in the Third-Place Match of the Copa America Centenario when it fell 1-0 June 25, 2016.
The match will mark the 20th meeting between the United States and Panama, with the Americans holding a 12-1-6 all-time advantage in the series. In the most recent meeting, the USA defeated Los Canaleros 4-0 in the final round of World Cup qualifying in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 6, 2017.