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USA to face Portugal in soccer friendly

Chicago (AFP) – The United States will face Portugal next month in the team’s first game since their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation announced Monday.

A statement said the USA, who were sensationally dumped out of World Cup contention last week following a loss to Trinidad & Tobago, will face Portugal on November 14 in Faro.

US soccer is in a state of upheaval following last week’s seismic World Cup shock, with coach Bruce Arena announcing his resignation on Friday.

USSF president Sunil Gulati has also faced calls to resign following the World Cup flop.

The USSF statement on Monday said a coach to oversee the squad following Arena’s departure would be determined in “the coming days”.

It is the seventh meeting between the two nations since 1978. The most recent meeting between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw during the 2014 World Cup, when the USA helped eliminate Portugal from the “Group of Death”.

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  1. Jesus_007

    November 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Indeed, knowing that USA was knocked out from the next Russia World Cup was a complete shock for me… USA always used to take place in all World Cups since the early 90’s… The defeat against Trinidad and Tobago was a full surprise for everyone I guess… I´m Portuguese and of course that I wanna see my National Team taking the victory at the final whistle of this friendly meeting but to be honest, a World Cup Tournment is not the same thing without US and Netherlands… Look forward to see US resurgeance as soon as possible ´cause I think soccer really misses it to become an even more interesting sport! Cheers from Portugal!

  2. Efrain

    October 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Stupid I know, but what’s the point with the next WC five years away. Who really cares at this point. Maybe find a good coach first. It’ll only serve as a reminder of what just happened and piss me off more. I won’t be watching any USA matches until I have time to heal.

  3. David

    October 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I wouldn’t bring in anyone over 25 except for Geoff Cameron.

  4. R.O

    October 16, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Chance to bring in all the young new players. I won’t call in: Altidore, Beasler, Bedoya, Besler, Bradley, O-Gonzalez, Zusi, none of the 3 GK and a few others.

    Invite: Acosta, Cameron, Dempsey, F. Johnson, Villafana, Wood, Pulisic, Lichaj, Hedges, Yedlin, McKennie, Miazga, Carter-Vickers, J. Green, Howarth, Hyndman, Hamid, J. Wright.

    If if the US lose this game 3 or 4 nothing, doesn’t matter. 1st step to see what these players can do and play vs. Int’l team.

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