U.S. national team announces friendlies with France, Ireland and Paraguay

After missing the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. plays the South American country in March before heading to Europe in June for a pair of matches


The United States men’s national team announced on Monday a trio of friendlies against France, the Republic of Ireland and Paraguay.

The game against the South American country will take place during the March international break, while the two European friendlies will take place in June.

The U.S. will host Paraguay on March 27 at 7 p.m. ET, with television broadcast information yet to be announced. The match will take place Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC, home of North Carolina FC of the second-division USL.

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The U.S. last faced Paraguay in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, with the U.S. walking away 1-0 victors.

Then on June 2, the U.S. will face off against Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The U.S. will match up against France a week later at Groupama Stadium in Lyon in a World Cup tuneup for Les Bleus.

France and Ireland will meet each other prior to their games against the U.S., facing off May 28 in Paris.

While France is headed for Russia this summer, neither Paraguay nor Ireland will be joining them, with the former finishing seventh in CONEMBOL qualifying and the latter losing out to Denmark in a UEFA playoff.

With both the March and June friendlies falling during international windows, the U.S. will be able to call in a full compliment of players should it desire. However, those matches will not cap-tie any dual-nationals that are eligible for other countries.

Having missed out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the next competitive match for the U.S. will be the CONCACAF League of Nations, which is expected to begin play in September.

The national team is currently led by interim head coach Dave Sarachan, who guided the team to a 1-1 friendly result in November against Portgual and a 0-0 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina last month.

New federation president Carlos Cordeiro is expected to hire a new general manager of the men's national team in the near future. That GM is expected to handle the hiring of a full-time head coach, which may not happen until after this summer's World Cup.