CHICAGO – For the first time in more than eight months, the U.S. men’s national team will return to action next month.
The Americans will face Wales in Swansea Nov. 12 at 2:45 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on FS1, UniMás and TUDN.
Due to the current conditions related to the global pandemic, the match will be conducted under the UEFA Return to Play Protocol and be played without fans in the stadium. U.S. Soccer is continuing the effort to secure a second match in Europe during the window.
The match against Wales will be the first for the USMNT on a FIFA fixture date since Nov. 19, 2019, a 4-0 vicotry over Cuba that lifted the USA to a first-place finish in Group A of the Concacaf Nations League and a spot in the final four to be played in June next year.
This will be only the second contest this year, following a 1-0 shutout of Costa Rica on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.
With the match falling on a fixture date, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter will have the opportunity to call in players based domestically and abroad.
“First and foremost, we are looking forward to getting the group together after such a challenging year,” Berhalter said in a statement. “Wales is a quality opponent with high-level players, so it’s a good opportunity to test ourselves. We appreciate all the work by the Football Association of Wales and here at U.S. Soccer to provide this opportunity to compete.”
This will be the USA’s first visit to Wales, which is ranked No. 20 in the FIFA World Rankings. The Dragons will be the fourth team in the Top 20 to play the United States during Berhalter’s tenure and the 10th overall the last two years.
Wales, oached by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and led by four-time UEFA Champions League winner Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey – a teammate of USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie at Juventus – are leading Group 5 in League B of the UEFA Nations League and preparing for matches against the Republic of Ireland (Nov. 15) and Finland (Nov. 18).
The staging of the camp and the match will fall under the comprehensive U.S. Soccer Return to Play Protocols and Guidelines and in line with the UEFA Return to Play Protocols, with stringent oversight by the Football Association of Wales.
The U.S. team and staff will operate inside a controlled environment in a hotel near Cardiff. Everyone entering the controlled environment will undergo multiple COVID-19 tests in advance of traveling, and then will be tested upon arrival and at least every two days during camp. There will be no full team training until the results of all arrival tests are confirmed.