The U.S. men’s national team training for the World Cup will include friendly matches against two other members. The US Football Federation announced on Tuesday that the Americans will play Japan and Saudi Arabia in September.
The US will play Japan on September 23 at a location yet to be determined, but expected to be in Europe. They will then face Saudi Arabia on September 27 in Murcia, Spain at the Estadio Nueva Condomina.
“We are delighted that we have the opportunity to compare ourselves with other World Cup participants,” USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter said in a press release. “Together with two games in June against Morocco and Uruguay, we will experience a wide variety of styles and quality opponents that will help us prepare for what’s in store for us at the World Cup in November.”
The US last played Japan in 2006, winning a friendly match 3-2. The Americans have an all-time record of 3-2-1 against Saudi Arabia.
Japan is in Group E at the World Cup with Spain, Costa Rica and Germany. Saudi Arabia is in Group C along with Argentina, Mexico and Poland.
The US is in Group B with England, Iran and Wales.
The Americans ended the summer undefeated, beating Grenada and Morocco and drawing with Uruguay and El Salvador.