The U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team Forges Ahead Against Third Ranked Portugal – 2016 European Champions
Forging ahead, in the wake of their recent failure to qualify for the World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team will take on third-ranked Portugal on Nov. 14 in Faro.
Soccer News: The game goes on — even if the USA is eliminated from the World Cup next summer, we still have a men’s national team and have to face the pitch again — hopefully preparing for better results in the future.
The latest news on international soccer matches is that we — the USA — will face third ranked Portugal. Yes, we need everyone to support out men’s team as we forge ahead. And, why miss a chance to see Ronaldo play in all his glory?
Here is the information from U.S. Soccer:
Kickoff at Estádio Algarve is set for 7:45 p.m. local time (1:45 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on the Univision Networks, with the English language broadcaster still to be finalized.
The match falls on an international fixture date, which makes all players available for selection. U.S. Soccer will determine in the coming days who will coach the squad for this friendly.
The U.S. will face the 2016 European champions for the seventh time, the teams having split the lifetime series 2-2-2 dating back to 1978, and this marks the USA’s first visit to Portugal since 1990.
They have met twice in the World Cup, with the United States famously collecting a 3-2 win in the opening group match that sparked its run to the quarterfinal of the 2002 tournament in Korea/Japan. Most recently, the teams split the spoils in 2014 in Brazil in the 2-2 draw in Manaus.
Led by 2016 FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese advanced to the 2018 FIFA World Cup by finishing atop Group B in UEFA qualifying. Ronaldo (15) and Andres Silva (9) accounted for 24 of the 32 goals scored by Portugal in the campaign, the fourth-highest total in Europe.