The U.S. Men’s National Team will renew its rivalry against Ghana July 4th weekend as the team prepares for the 2017 Gold Cup.
Bruce Arena will lead the United States into East Hartford, Conn., on July 1, with the match sets for 4:45 p.m. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN, UniMas and UDN.
“Ghana is certainly a team that brings different challenges, and it’s the type of competition we need as we continue to develop our program,” said Arena, the U.S. head coach. “Winning the Gold Cup is one of our priorities in 2017, so this is an important opportunity. We’ve always had great support in Hartford, and look forward to more of the same this summer.”
The match brings together the U.S. with arguably the biggest nemesis in World Cup competition, having played Ghana in each of the last three editions of the tournament. Twice the visitors have knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup – in 2006 and 2010 – while the MNT earned a 2-1 win in its opening group game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with goals from Clint Dempsey and John Brooks.
The men’s national team holds a 3-1-1 record in East Hartford, with the stadium having hosted matches in both World Cup Qualifying and the Gold Cup. In the MNT’s last visit on Oct. 10, 2014, vs. Ecuador, U.S. Soccer said farewell to the United States’ all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan.