Panama will be the first rival that will face the United States soccer team, which will be led by former player Greg Berhalter.
During the presentation of Berhalter as the new national coach of the United States, it was made official that the first friendly matches will be against the national teams of Panama and Costa Rica, the first of them in US territory and the second in the Costa Rican capital.
Berhalter played in the US national team and had been leading the Columbus Crew of the Major League Soccer (MLS).
The clash against the “Canaleros”, as confirmed by the Panamanian Football Federation (Fepafut), will be on January 27 at the State Farm Stadium in the city of Glendale, Arizona, at eight pm, Panama time.
This pair of matches is considered important for the United States team, as Panama and Costa Rica are direct rivals in the Gold Cup and in the rest of the tournaments that are endorsed by CONCACAF.
However, for this game, Panama is expected to present itself with an alternate team, since as it is not a FIFA date, there is no obligation for clubs to free their players to join their national teams.