Nippert Stadium, home to MLS expansion side FC Cincinnati. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO – Making its first visit to Cincinnati, the U.S. men’s national team will face Venezuela in its final preparation match for the Concacaf Gold Cup at Nippert Stadium June 9 at 2 p.m.
The match will be broadcast on FOX and UniMás.
The game comes at a critical time for the United States, only nine days before the opening of its Gold Cup title defense in the first major competition under new MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter. La Vinotinto is coming off a 3-1 upset over two-time World Cup champions Argentina in Madrid last month.
“We are looking forward to having this opportunity heading into the Gold Cup,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “Venezuela is in a period of emerging talent with their national teams. This generation of players reached the 2017 U-20 World Cup final and has already produced an impressive result at the senior level by beating Argentina. Like us, they have been testing themselves against different types of opposition. When you add in the support that FC Cincinnati has developed and we expect to see, you couldn’t ask for a better preparation match.”
The American men will begin their quest for a record-tying seventh confederation title when they face Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama in Group D of the Gold Cup, taking place in the United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica June 15-July 7.
The USMNT opens the 15th edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup with its first trip to Minnesota, facing Guyana Tuesday, June 18 at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn., a venue that has already set the fastest record for a sell-out in tournament history.
The U.S. moves east to face Trinidad & Tobago Saturday, June 22 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland before closing group play against Panama Wednesday, June 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.