Cincinnati to host United States friendly against Morocco

CINCINNATI — The United States Men’s National Team will return to the Queen City in June for an international friendly against Morocco.

What do you want to know

  • USMNT will face Morocco on June 1
  • This will be the third American football game held at TQL Stadium.
  • This is one of the last tune-up games before the World Cup
  • American men have never defeated Morocco

The match between the United States and Morocco on June 1 will be the third American football match held at TQL Stadium since it opened in May 2021.

Cincinnati hosted a women’s friendly match between the United States and Paraguay on September 21. In November, the USA beat rivals Mexico 2-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 26,000 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The victory over Mexico played a key role in helping the USMNT secure a spot for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 15th-seeded United States will play in Group B – England, Iran and the winner of the European qualifier between Scotland, Wales or Ukraine.

“Last November, our city showed its passion for football and our national team by packing out TQL Stadium and cheering on the USMNT on another Dos a Cero,” said FC Cincinnati co-CEO Jeff Berding, who plays its home games at TQL Stadium.

National team games are an international showcase for Cincinnati. Berding and other top Cincinnati executives hope the success of the games will earn Cincinnati the right to host a World Cup game in 2026 when the tournament is held in North America.

“Our world-class facilities and passionate fans will be ready to welcome USA back in June as they prepare for the 2022 World Cup,” Berding said.

The game against Morocco will be one of their last preparations before the start of the tournament this fall.

Morocco, currently ranked 24th in the FIFA World Rankings, qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, posting an unbeaten record of 7-0-1 in qualifying. The Atlas Lions, the name of Morocco’s national team, will play in Group F, along with Belgium, Canada and Croatia.

The United States men’s team has never beaten Morocco in three previous encounters.

Morocco will be the first African team to face the United States since coach Gregg Berhalter took charge.

“We are thrilled to face another World Cup finalist and offer our team a different challenge,” said Berhalter. “With just six international games before the World Cup, this is a critical time for our team’s preparation. Combining the magnificent training facilities, world-class stadium and incredible atmosphere, Cincinnati ticked all the boxes. to give us a good start to these summer games.

FC Cincinnati season ticket holders will have an exclusive presale window to purchase tickets for the friendly game beginning April 27 at 10 a.m. and ending April 28 at 8 a.m.

Ticket sales to the general public begin Friday, April 29.

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