FOOTBALL Preview: U.S. men warm up for Gold Cup with friendlies vs. Jamaica and Venezuela

Remember the U.S. men’s National Team? The one with the new coach, Gregg Berhalter?

They’ve been invisible since their 1-1 tie against Chile on 26 March, but the men are back in action for two games this week before the CONCACAF Gold Cup begins in the middle of the monthly:

5 June: U.S. vs. Jamaica in Washington, D.C.: 7 p.m. Eastern on FS1/UniMas/UDN
9 June: U.S. vs. Venezuela in Cincinnati, Ohio: 2 p.m. Eastern time on Fox/UniMas

This will be the 26th meeting between the U.S. and Jamaica man, with the Americans holding a 15-2-8 lead in the series. However, the two sides have not played since the final of the 2017 Gold Cup, where the U.S. managed a 2-1 win on goals by Jozy Altidorre and Jordan Morris.

The U.S. is 3-0-1 under Berhalter in 2019. The Gold Cup rosters are due on Wednesday; the players selected for Wednesday’s friendly include familiar faces like midfielder Michael Bradley (145 caps) and Altidore – back on the squad for the first time in two years – with 110 appearances and defender Omar Gonzalez (49). But there is also a lot of youth, with 20 of the 29 players having less than 10 appearances for the national team.

Some of the young players who have already impressed in their short time for the U.S. include midfielders Sebastian Lletget and Wes McKinnie, defender Walker Zimmerman and striker Josh Sargent.

The U.S. will open Gold Cup play on 18 June, facing Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama in Group D; games will be played in the United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

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