The United States Men’s National Team will face Puerto Rico in the first warm-up game for the 2016 Copa America, it has been revealed.
The match will take place at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, at 12 p.m. ET on May 22 and this will be the first ever meeting between the two national teams.
Considering that all Puerto Ricans born in the United States are given American citizenship, all the players representing Puerto Rico in the match against USMNT had been eligible to represent Jurgen Klinsmann’s side at one point in time.
The US soccer team will begin their preparations for the 2016 Copa America Centenario on May 16 in Miami, although the MLS players are set to join a week later and are unlikely to take part in the first friendly game.
After the Puerto Rico clash, USA will play Ecuador at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on May 25 and Bolivia at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City on May 28.
While players plying their trade in Mexico and Europe will be with Jurgen Klinsmann from the start of the training camp, the MLS stars will join in the build up to the Ecuador game.
The under-fire coach has until May 20 to submit his final roster for the 2016 Copa Centenario tournament, where USMNT will face Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in Group A.