January Friendlies Announced For US National Team

January Friendlies Announced For US National Team

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 1, 2011
  • Features, Panama, Venezuela

The US National Team will play Venezuela and Panama in January. (Getty Images)

The usual pair of January friendlies for the US Men’s National team have been announced today by the USSF. Jurgen Klinsmann will lead his team against Venezuela in Phoenix on January 21 and then again on January 25 against in Panama City against Panama.

The January friendlies are typically a time for US-based and Scandinavian-based players to get some playing time in the national team set-up. These dates do not fall on a scheduled FIFA date for that reason.

Getting a quality South American team like Venezuela and a decent CONCACAF team like Panama is a good way to start the important year that 2012 will be.

“It’s very important that we start the year off in the right way with a good training camp and two challenging games,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “We are going to continue to increase the demands on the players and have them develop a better understanding of how we want to play. Venezuela has done well to start World Cup qualifying and they earned a big victory against Argentina. Panama is a team the players know well from the Gold Cup, and we think traveling to Central America before qualifying is important to give them a taste of what the environment will be like there.”

The next official FIFA date for international competitions is Feb. 29, 2012.