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USMNT kicks off preparations for 2019 Gold Cup at Audi Field

Audi Field to host USMNT vs Jamaica on June 5. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States men’s national team starts preparation for the Concacaf Gold Cup at Audi Field June 5 against Jamaica.

After a few weeks of preparation in the D.C. area, the USMNT host the Reggae Boyz for the first time in Audi Field’s young history. Fox Sports 1 and UniMas will broadcast the friendly. 

“As we prepare for the start of the Gold Cup, this is the perfect opportunity in terms of opponent and venue,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “For us, there’s always something special about playing in the nation’s capital. There have been so many memorable games for the national team in Washington, D.C., and now we look forward to beginning another chapter in the new stadium.”

The USMNT is no stranger to games in the D.C. metro area. Audi Field still has that new-stadium smell, but the looming structure of RFK Stadium still stands with the memories of more than 20 USMNT matches — more than any other venue. 

“We are proud to have Audi Field host the U.S. men’s national team against Jamaica as it prepares for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup,” D.C. United co-chairman Jason Levien said. “There is growing and passionate support in the DMV for soccer, and this first international match at our stadium in our nation’s capital will be an historic event.”

Audi Field holds 20,000-seats compared to the much larger RFK, which caps off around 50,000-seats. 

Audi Field is the first stop on a short dry run for the USMNT ahead of the Gold Cup. They travel to Nippert Stadium — home of FC Cincinnati — June 9 before starting competitive matches 10 days later. The national team starts the competition as defending champion, hosting Guyana at Allianz Field June 18. 

Tickets for the Audi Field friendly against Jamaica go on sale Friday, May 3. The 40-man provisional roster is due May 16 and the final 23-man roster must be submitted by June 3.

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