A look at this summer’s international soccer in the USA

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By DAN KARELL

The big Kahuna will be taking place this summer in Brazil, but that doesn’t mean the United States will be devoid of international soccer action.

Teams such as England, the Ivory Coast, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and of course the U.S. Men’s National Team will be spending at least a few days if not a few weeks in the U.S. this summer, playing friendly matches ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Starting on Monday and extending through June 10, two days before the start of the World Cup, teams will be playing games from as far west as San Francisco to Boston, New Jersey, and Miami out east.

Teams will be bringing full squads and playing their best players in these final World Cup tune-ups, giving fans a great chance to see their idols that they can maybe only see on TV or on their computers.

Some of the key matches to keep an eye on are Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Ivory Coast, Mexico against Portugal, and the USMNT vs. Nigeria.

Here’s a full list of this summer’s international soccer in the USA.

May 26 – Serbia vs. Jamaica – Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.

May 27 – USA vs. Azerbaijan – Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif.

May 29 – Turkey vs. Honduras – RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.

May 30 – Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Ivory Coast – Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Mo.

May 31 – Mexico vs. Ecuador – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

May 31 – Panama vs. Serbia – Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

June 1 – USA vs. Turkey – Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.

June 1 – Honduras vs. Israel – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston

June 2 – Japan vs. Costa Rica – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 3 – Mexico vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina – Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.

June 3 – Greece vs. Nigeria – PPL Park, Chester, Pa.

June 4 – Ecuador vs. England – Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

June 4 – Ivory Coast vs. El Salvador – Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

June 6 – Mexico vs. Portugal – Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

June 6 – Greece vs. Bolivia – Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.

June 6 – Costa Rica vs. Republic of Ireland – PPL Park, Chester, Pa.

June 6 – Japan vs. Zambia – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

June 7 – USA vs. Nigeria – EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.

June 7 – Spain vs. El Salvador – FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

June 7 – England vs. Honduras – Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.

June 9 – Ghana vs. South Korea – Miami, Fla.

June 10 – Portugal vs. Republic of Ireland – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

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32 Responses to A look at this summer’s international soccer in the USA

  1. Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

    I can’t decide if the “Winner’s Medal” motif on the Spain shirts is arrogant or awesome. Seems kind of weird honestly. I’d like it more on Zlatan.

  2. argh says:

    No offense but get over it. No Donovan.

    Evans, Parkhurst, Goodson. Keep quiet. State what you have to say when the World Cup is over. Our 23 need to focus and no distractions. If any of those 3 thought they’d be starting in the WC, then they’re delusional. The coach picked his squad. Be gracious.

    I get it. You’re upset. But be a professional and wish your teammates well.

    Mike Magee, yes you’re funny buy you never had a shot with the NT. Ireland doesn’t even want you. why would we?

    Our guys need to remained focus. Beat Ghana. Beat Portugal. Draw with Germany. Next round please

    • downintexas says:

      I think you are in the wrong area? Who are you talking to?

    • Dan Daminko says:

      keep quiet…move along.. don’t question… Support the motherland. Nice toothbrush moustache.

    • Ali Dia says:

      Are you kidding me?. Threadjacking an article with zero relevant content to say “get over it” is a standout performance, even in this fiasco discussion.

      Having said that, I agree with your points. I was hoping SBI would be a good companion site for watching the games this summer, but I feel like it’s becoming the “I told you so” Hall of Fame. It’s not like I won’t be here anyway, but I will be bringing a vomit bucket

      What is wrong with people? I do not know how people are letting a personnel decision ruin the excitement and anticipation of this thing that comes once every four years. Give it a rest— it’s not like this topic is not going to come back as soon as the tournament ends (well, yeah it’s not actually going anywhere… wishful thinking). Be excited. Be positive.

      I actually saw a comment earlier from some guy claiming that JK had “ruined the World Cup for him and his kids”. Breathtaking really.

  3. 247 says:

    why no games in LA?

    • Dinho says:

      My thoughts exactly. All these games and ONE in California….and it’s in Nor Cal. WTF!?!?!?

    • Ali Dia says:

      From now until eternity, we are looking at January Camp games and (maybe) a Gold Cup game.

      Yup. Two words. Tony Beltran.

    • Tom K says:

      My guess is time zones. These teams are playing here on their way to Brazil for the World Cup. The Euro teams came across 5 or 6 time zones for their final friendlies. The eastern time zone is actually one time zone too far from where most of the World Cup matches will be played. But Cali is 4 hours off from most of the Brazil stadiums. The idea is to adjust the body before first round matches and going that far west to come back east for 1st round matches doesn’t make sense.

  4. FRANK says:

    WHAT TIMES WHAT CHANNELS ARE THGAMES ON

  5. Maykol says:

    Ooh apparently Michael Seaton scored for Jamaica

  6. gabe says:

    Is there a TV schedule for the US Games?

    • Micronesia Justin says:

      I believe they are all on ESPN or ESPN2. Azerbaijan 10 PM EST; Turkey 1 PM (?); Nigeria 7 PM

  7. Lu says:

    Going to the Portugal Mexico game in Boston

  8. Ru says:

    If u are in the St Louis metro area, come out 4 the Bosnia & Ivory Coast game AFTER PARTY @ Exo – 3146 Locust St, 63103. 10PM MAY 30TH. Come meet the Soccer Stars for a night of fun, photo shoot, food, (african and Caribbean cuisine) and music.

    • Ali Dia says:

      Probably the most kick@ss post in a week. The mere fact that there is an after party for the Bosnia-Ivory Coast game is pure varsity awesome. I don’t live in St. Louis, though. Maybe I should move.

  9. Matt says:

    I want a ticket to Harrison for Sunday’s match. Anyone with a ticket they can’t use?

  10. blokhin says:

    so sick of seeing Mexico games in Chicago… if I wanted to see a fringe Hex team, I’d go see Panama in Bridgeview

  11. milbo says:

    Only one game -tonights- on the West Coast