USMNT to play friendly against El Salvador
The United States men’s national team will host El Salvador on 9 December in the last friendly match of the year, using only players from Major League Soccer.
The United States Soccer Federation has announced that the USMNT will play one more friendly before the year ends and they will host El Salvador. The match is scheduled for 9 December at the Inter Miami Stadium and for this game head coach Gregg Berhalter will only call up players from Major League Soccer.
For this game fans will be allowed inside the stadium, but at a limited capacity. The USMNT announced that 2,500 people will be able to attend the game and Visa cardholders have exclusive access to the Visa presale that will begin on 4 December. Sales to the general public will start the next day, Saturday 5 December.
“Playing against El Salvador gives us an opportunity to face a CONCACAF opponent that we haven’t seen yet and will be a valuable experience,” Berhalter said. “We want to build on this year’s work while continuing to evaluate the player pool as we head into a busy 2021.”
In the November international break Berhalter named just one MLS player in his 24-man roster, so for this game he will only include local players that are not in the 2020 MLS Cup playoffs.
USMNT's record against El Salvador
The USMNT has a record of 17-1-5 against El Salvador and the first time they faced each other was back in 1977. This will be the first friendly game they have played against each other in more than a decade. Their most recent meeting was in the quarter-finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the USMNT won 2-0.