USMNT announce June friendly vs. Brazil ahead of 2024 Copa América

The United States men’s national team will play a friendly vs. Brazil on June 12 ahead of the highly anticipated 2024 Copa América being held in the U.S. The USMNT vs Brazil friendly will be played in Orlando, Florida, at the 60,219-seat Camping World Stadium.

The announcement for the friendly came Tuesday night on NBA on TNT, one of the channels showing this summer’s game. 

USMNT vs Brazil friendly

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a U.S. Soccer statement that a test against a team like Brazil is exactly what his side needs.

“When you talk about wanting to challenge ourselves against the best teams in the world, you can’t ask for much better than Brazil. With their extremely talented player pool and rich history of success on the world stage this will certainly be a great preparation game for Copa America,” Berhalter said. 

“The fan support in Orlando has always been outstanding, and when you play against the five-time World Cup champions at Camping World Stadium it should be even more electric.”

June’s friendly is part of the new “Continental Clásico” series the USMNT is trying where once a year they play a friendly against one of the top teams in North or South America. The first edition came last year when the USMNT drew Mexico 1-1.

Last year’s edition was a relative snooze fest as the friendly was in April outside of the international window and fans didn’t see the “A-teams” of either nation. This year’s Continental Clásico should have all the big names.

The USMNT have faced Brazil 18 times in history, winning just once back in 1998. Brazil have won the other 17 games. The last time these two faced off was a friendly in 2018 which saw Brazil win 2-0.

Brazil won’t be the only friendly on the USMNT’s summer schedule as the Stars and Stripes will host Colombia on June 8 at FedEx Field near Washington D.C.

These friendlies will be ideal ahead of the USMNT’s Copa América group which features Bolivia, Panama and Uruguay. The USA’s opening game for the tournament is on June 23 vs. Bolivia at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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