CHICAGO – The U.S. men’s national team will face El Salvador in an international friendly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET., it was announced Sunday.
The match will be broadcast live on an ESPN Network, UniMás and TUDN.
The staging of the camp and the match will fall under the U.S. Soccer Return to Play Protocols. Due to the evolving conditions related to the global pandemic, capacity for the event will be limited to 2,500 fans.
“Playing against El Salvador gives us an opportunity to face a Concacaf opponent that we haven’t seen yet and will be a valuable experience,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “We want to build on this year’s work while continuing to evaluate the player pool as we head into a busy 2021.”
The U.S. team and staff will operate inside a controlled environment in a hotel. 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.
The last match the year is a prelude to three significant competitions in 2021 for both the senior team and the Under-23 MNT. The Concacaf U-23 championship is expected to be held in March and will determine the confederation’s representatives at the Olympic Games in Tokyo that summer.
In the meantime, the USMNT kicks off the summer with the Concacaf Nations League final four. As the winners of League A’s Group A, the USMNT takes on Honduras in one semifinal, while Mexico and Costa Rica will square off in the other, with the winners competing for the inaugural Nations League title. The matches are scheduled for the FIFA window in the first week of June, with the venues and times still to be determined.
The following month, the U.S. will compete in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup in search of its seventh confederation championship title. The USMNT has been drawn into Group A with Canada, Martinique and a third team to be determined through a qualifying tournament. The United States last lifted the trophy in 2017, when Jordan Morris netted the game-winner against Jamaica in the 2-1 victory.
Those games serve as prelude to the start of 2022 World Cup qualifying, which will feature an eight-team final round and commence in September 2021.