CHICAGO (April 20, 2022) – In its first preparation match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the United States men’s national team will face 24and-ranked Morocco on June 1 at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kick-off time and broadcast information will be available soon.
After going undefeated in the CAF World Cup Qualifiers (7-0-1) while scoring 25 goals and conceding just three, Morocco were drawn into Group F of the World Cup. with Belgium, Canada and Croatia. The USMNT has never beaten the Atlas lions, posting an all-time 0-3-0 record.
Morocco will be the first African team to face the United States since head coach Gregg Berhalter took charge.
The USMNT returns to TQL Stadium for the second time, following the 2-0 shutout win over rivals Mexico in World Cup qualifying on November 12, 2021, in front of a crowd of 26,000. Christian Pulisic scored just minutes into the game and midfielder Weston McKennie netted a late goal in the 85and minute to propel the United States to another memorable Back to Cero Victory over Mexico in the World Cup qualifiers on home soil.
“We are thrilled to face another World Cup finalist and offer our team a different challenge,” said Berhalter. “With just six international games before the World Cup, this is a critical time for our team’s preparation. Combining the magnificent training facilities, world-class stadium and incredible atmosphere, Cincinnati ticked all the boxes. to give us a good start to these summer games.
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United States vs. MOROCCO
It will be the fourth meeting with Morocco in the team’s history and only the second on American soil. The last meeting was in 2006 when the teams faced off in Nashville in the Send Off series for the World Cup in Germany. The previous two encounters were in 1990s Morocco – a 3-1 defeat on March 18, 1992 in Rabat and a 2-1 loss on November 17, 1999 in Marrakech – a game Berhalter started for the USMNT.
Morocco’s tilt is the first of four USMNT matches during the “double window” in June. After another friendly on June 5, USA will open their Concacaf Nations League title defense on June 10 at home against Grenada. Four days later, the USA travel to face El Salvador. The United States won the inaugural NLC championship last summer in a thrilling 3-2 loss to Mexico in overtime.
The opponent for the June 5 game as well as the venues for that game and the Grenada game will be announced in the near future.