Christian Pulisic and the USMNT will meet Morocco in Cincinnati on June 1. (Keith Furman/FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

CHICAGO – In its first preparation match for the World Cup, the U.S. men’s national team will face 24th-ranked Morocco on June 1 at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kickoff time and broadcast information will be available soon.

The USMNT will play Iran in the World Cup in Qatar and obviously wants to play a team with similar qualities.

After going unbeaten in CAF World Cup qualifying (7-0-1) while scoring 25 goals and surrendering only three, Morocco was drawn into Group F at the World Cup along with Belgium, Canada and Croatia.

The USMNT has never beaten the Atlas Lions, posting a 0-3-0 record all time.

Morocco will be the first African team to face the United States since head coach Gregg Berhalter has been in charge.

The USMNT returns to TQL Stadium for the second time, following the 2-0 – dos a cero – win over archrival Mexico in WCQ on Nov. 12, 2021, before a sellout crowd of 26,000. Christian Pulisic scored minutes after entering the match and midfielder Weston McKennie netted another in the 85th minute.

“We’re excited to face a fellow World Cup finalist and provide our team with a different challenge,” Berhalter said in a statement. “With only six international games before the World Cup, this is a critical period for our team preparation. Combining the magnificent training facilities, the world-class stadium and the amazing atmosphere, Cincinnati ticked all the boxes to give us a great start to these summer matches.”

The Morocco match is the first of four game for the USMNT during the double window in June. Following another friendly on June 5, the USA will open its Concacaf Nations League title defense on June 10 at home against Grenada. Four days later, the USA travels to face El Salvador. The Usa captured the inaugural CNL championship last summer in a thrilling 3-2 win over Mexico in extra time.

 

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