The United States will begin preparations for the 2026 World Cup with friendlies against Serbia and Colombia in the Los Angeles area in January.
The United States will play Serbia on Jan. 25 at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles and will face Colombia three days later in Carson, California, the US Soccer Association said on Wednesday.
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Matches will not be played on international FIFA dates, meaning most European-based players will not be available. The US roster will include players from Major League Soccer teams preparing for the season.
The Europe-based players will return to Grenada for CONCACAF Nations League games on March 24 and at home to El Salvador three days later. Next year’s biggest event is the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins on June 26 and ends on July 16 in Inglewood, California.
After hosting the 1994 World Cup, the United States is co-hosting the 2026 tournament with Canada and Mexico.
The USA open this year’s World Cup in Qatar on November 21 against Wales, play England four days later in a Black Friday matchup and then Iran on November 29.
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