US Soccer fans in the Queen City may get their first chance to see the USMNT play in Cincinnati for the first time ever. According to the official social media accounts of the Venezuelan Men’s National team, the two countries will be squaring off in an international friendly in Cincinnati on June 9th.
The match will serve as a tune-up for the USMNT as they get ready for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup here in the States. Venezuela will be gearing up for the 2019 Copa America being held in Brazil.
As for the location of this match, it has yet to be announced. Rumors of Cincinnati being a potential host was originally reported last month by Steven Goff of the Washington Post.
Whether the match will be held at Nippert Stadium, or Paul Brown Stadium, a natural grass surface will need to be installed for the match. FC Cincinnati plays a home match on May 25th and isn’t home again at Nippert until June 22nd. That gap in the schedule could provide enough time for a natural grass surface to be installed for the match.
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#OFICIAL | La #Vinotinto confirmó dos partidos amistosos más previo al inicio de la #CopaAmérica de Brasil 2019. El 9 de junio enfrentará a Estados Unidos en Cincinnati, correspondiente a la segunda jornada de la fecha FIFA del mes, sin embargo el sábado 1 jugará ante Ecuador en el Hard Rock Stadium de Miami. . El cuerpo técnico comandado por el seleccionador nacional @rafaeldudameldt planificó la disputa de cuatro partidos antes del debut en el certamen continental, teniendo listos a tres de los rivales (Ecuador, México y Estados Unidos). . El último compromiso a falta de confirmación del adversario se solicitó ante la @FVF_oficial para que se jugara en territorio venezolano, para emprender posteriormente el viaje a suelo norteamericano. | #SomosDeTallaMundial #Qatar2022ObjetivoDeTodos
The text roughly translates to:
#OFICIAL | The #Vinotinto confirmed two more friendly matches before the start of the # Copa América of Brazil 2019. On June 9 will face the United States in Cincinnati, corresponding to the second day of the FIFA date of the month, however on Saturday 1 will play against Ecuador at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The coaching staff led by the national coach @rafaeldudameldt planned the dispute of four games before the debut in the continental contest, having ready three of the rivals (Ecuador, Mexico and the United States).
The last commitment in the absence of confirmation from the adversary was requested before the @FVF_oficial to be played in Venezuelan territory, to subsequently undertake the trip to North American soil. | #Weight of WorldTalk # Qatar2022Objective of All
Stay tuned to Cincinnati Soccer Talk as this story develops. Our thanks to @norwoodcityfc on Twitter for alerting us to the original post by the Venezuelan team.