The Argentine national team will play two friendly matches in the United States before the Copa America: rivals

Lionel Messi celebrates with his teammates from the Argentine national team, after scoring his team's second goal against Panama, during a friendly match in Buenos Aires, on March 23, 2023 (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

In the run-up to the Copa America tournament in the United States. The Argentine national team will play two friendly matches in preparation for the tournament To what will be his first appearance in the highest continental competition, in which he will defend the title he achieved in the 2021 edition after winning the legendary tournament. Maracanã Rio de Janeiro vs Brazil.

They will play on Sunday, June 9, against Ecuador In the stadium Soldier Square From Chicago. then, On Friday the 14th they will face Guatemala In Washington, D.C., in fedex field. According to the organisers, either the AFC or Soccer United Marketing (SUM), the start time and TV responsible for broadcasting the friendly matches will be confirmed in the near future.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said regarding the value that the preparatory matches for the CONMEBOL Championship will hold: “The round before the competition is always important, especially since you are fine-tuning the last details for the first appearance of the cup.”

Soon, in the FIFA friendly window in March, the team will also play on American soil: the first match will be played at the stadium Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia and it will be vs. El Salvador (Friday, March 22), the team that already participated in a friendly match against Inter Miami led by Lionel Messi in the middle of the pre-season last month. The second will be on the field Runway Angels Against Costa Rica (Tuesday 3/26), which will replace Nigeria. Timetables have not yet been confirmed.

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It is important to remember that Albicelesti It is seeded in Group A and on Thursday, June 20, it will play its first match in Group A Mercedes stadiumhome of Atlanta United in the MLS, against Trinidad and Tobago or Canada, who will decide the ticket on March 23.

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The path will continue in the region on Tuesday the 25th against Chile in one of the American sports stadiums such as Metlife From New Jersey, the venue of the 2016 final of the competition, which enshrined the Trans-Andean team as two-time American champions after winning on penalties. The team's last match in the group stage will be on Saturday the 29th against Peru Hard Rock Stadiumhome of the NFL's Miami Dolphins.

How will the World Champions schedule follow if they qualify for the next round? As for their future planning, it is already known that if they finish first or second in the group, Argentina will play on Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5 in Texas: that will be in the stadiums of Arlington or Houston.

If Messi and his team continue the race and reach the decisive stages, they already know their place in the semifinals: they will play again at MetLife in New Jersey (July 9 or 10). Finally, the Copa America final will be held on the 14th in Miami. If they fall in the semifinals, the showdown for third place will be the day before (Saturday the 13th) in Charlotte, the venerable stadium on the East Coast.

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Among the notable data of the draw, it is worth noting that since Argentina is A1 and Brazil is D1 in the classification pot, they can only be found in a virtual definition of the title. This means that there could be a re-edition of the South American Clásico in the final as happened almost three years ago in the match remembered by Angel Di Maria's 1-0 scoreline that gave enshrinement to the light blue and white team.

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