CHICAGO – The U.S. men’s national team will continue preparations for a significant year when it returns to action against Jamaica at Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Wiener Neustadt, Austria March 25.
Kickoff in the rematch of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinal is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, UniMás and TUDN.
Three days later, the U.S. meets Northern Ireland for the first time in more than 70 years. The National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast hosts the contest, set for noon ET with coverage on FOX, UniMás and TUDN.
A busy 2021 includes the Concacaf Nations League Final Four in June, the Gold Cup in July and the start of 2022 World Cup qualifying.
The staging of the camp and the match will fall under the comprehensive U.S. Soccer Return to Play Protocols and Guidelines and will be played without fans in the stadium.
With much of the world competing in World Cup qualifying during the March window, U.S. Soccer secured the opportunity to play against the third-highest ranking Concacaf team behind Mexico and the United States.
The match falls on a FIFA fixture date, giving USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter the opportunity to call in players based domestically and abroad.
The U.S. team and staff will operate inside a controlled environment. 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.
Since the series began in 1988, the teams have met 26 times with the USMNT holding a 16-3-8 record. This will be the first encounter in a neutral venue and the first friendly since Jamaica secured a 1-0 win on June 5, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Nearly a month later, two goals from Christian Pulisic added to Weston McKennie’s opener as the USA raced to a 3-1 win in the semifinal of the 2019 Gold Cup.