In most situations it is an easy decision for Gregg Berhalter’s squad to take on a high profile European opponent on the road. Switzerland is number 16 worldwide.
In this case, the Americans will also face Honduras on June 3 at a US venue chosen by Concacaf, the regional government body.
Several people said Denver was the youngest front runner to host the Nations League semi-finals as well as the third-place game and the June 6 final. Mexico and Costa Rica are the other participants.
With the core of the US team busy in Europe, the logistical challenges for the Swiss friendly game are not as big as flying the entire delegation back and forth during a pandemic.
The game will take place in St. Gallen on the other side of Lake Constance from Germany – an easy trip for the Bundesliga, which will conclude its season on May 22nd.
The other major circuits – England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 – also come to an end this weekend. The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Istanbul on May 29th. Zack Steffen, the US team’s best goalkeeper, plays for top contenders Manchester City, while Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) and Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) are in the quarter-finals.
All MLS missions would have to travel to Switzerland a few days before the friendly and return to America with the entire group a few days later. As the game will take place during the MLS season and one day before the window opens for the FIFA international, clubs could refuse to publish it.
The schedule for the friendlies and the Nations League games will serve as a travel rehearsal for players from Europe who are scheduled to take part in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers from September. Before these critical games, these players will compete for their respective clubs on the weekend before taking on transatlantic flights for qualifiers a few days later.