The USMNT will play a Send-Off Series of pre-World Cup friendlies in San Francisco, New Jersey, and Jacksonville prior to departing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The series opens against Azerbaijan at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on May 27th at 10pm ET on ESPN2. Next up is a June 1st game against Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ at 2pm ET on ESPN2. The Send-Off Series concludes against Nigeria at Jacksonville's EverBank Field on June 7th at 6pm ET on ESPN.
"We are absolutely thrilled with the schedule we have put together for the Send-Off Series," USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "We have some fantastic opponents that will help us get prepared for the teams we will meet in the World Cup, and also the opportunity to experience different climates and conditions in the venues. There has been amazing support from our fans these last years on our path to Brazil, and we know there will be awesome atmospheres in each of the stadiums. It's the perfect way to start our journey."
The USMNT will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, using Sao Paulo FC's training site. The USMNT spent time there during the January training camp.
In the 2010 Send-Off Series, the USMNT lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic in East Hartford, CT on May 25 and beat Turkey 2-1 in Philadelphia on May 29. The USMNT played a final warm-up game in South Africa, beating Australia 3-1 in Roodeport. The 2006 Send-Off Series visited Nashville with a 1-0 loss to Morocco on May 23, Cleveland with a 2-0 win over Venezuela on May 26, and a 1-0 win over Latvia in East Hartford on May 28.