By IVES GALARCEP
The U.S. Men’s National Team will take on CONCACAF rival Guatemala on July 5th in San Diego in their final tune-up before the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The match, first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune three weeks ago, will mark the U.S. team’s first visit to San Diego since tying Canada, 0-0, at Torero Stadium in 2006, and the national team’s first game at Qualcomm Stadium since beating Mexico there in 1999.
The match is the ninth match scheduled for the USMNT this summer to date, not including the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. is also expected to play a friendly in mid-August, with Bosnia-Herzegovina reportedly the opponent.
The match could be Landon Donovan’s first with the national team in 2013 after Donovan was named to the 35-player provisional USMNT roster for the Gold Cup. The match could also be a showcase for San Diego-based Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo, who play for nearby Club Tijuana.
The match will mark the first meeting between the Americans and Guatemala since the U.S. defeated the ‘Chapines’ last October at Sporting Park in Kansas City to secure their place in the Hexagonal Round of World Cup Qualifying.
The match will take place four days before the U.S. team’s Gold Cup opener vs. Belize in Portland on July 9th.
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