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U.S. soccer team friendlies against Brazil, Scotland close to being finalized

The U.S. Soccer Federation is close to finalizing men’s national team friendlies in May against Brazil at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., and Scotland at a venue to be determined, the Insider has learned.

The USSF would also like to schedule a third match before World Cup qualifying begins in early June, with an away friendly being suggested. No details have surfaced concerning that location.

The Americans are planning to open training camp around May 15 and, if all goes according to plan, host Scotland on May 26-27 and Brazil on May 30. The proposed third match would take place in early June, prior to semifinal-round qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda on June 8 at a U.S. site to be determined and June 12 at Guatemala.

An announcement about the friendlies and the venue for the Antigua match is expected within 10 days.


The USSF won’t discuss friendlies until contracts are signed. However, the USSF budget, obtained by the Insider last month, indicates a home friendly around June 1 with attendance projected to exceed 55,000, generating $3.7 million in gross revenue (minus event and team expenses). The budget also shows a June away friendly.

The Brazilian federation announced recently that the national team would play three friendlies in the United States, including one in Washington or Boston. However, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough has apparently faded from consideration, leaving 83,000-seat FedEx Field as the favorite.

The U.S. team has played in Washington regularly the past 20 years but never at FedEx, which opened in 1997.

The Washington Redskins, who own the stadium, have been aggressively pursuing major soccer events to fill open periods during the summer months. Two years ago D.C. United played Real Madrid and last year Manchester United collided with Barcelona at FedEx.

A Redskins spokesman said he couldn’t comment.

The qualifier against Antigua seems certain to land at a medium-sized stadium; the USSF budget projects 15,000 spectators.

The U.S. team is also scheduled to play an away friendlies in August and November, which fall on either side of four World Cup qualifiers in September and October.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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