Argentina will play two international friendlies in the US ahead of this summer’s Copa América, sources told The Athletic on Wednesday. The defending Copa América champion and World Cup winner will visit Chicago’s Soldier Field and FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland before the tournament kicks off on June 20 in Atlanta.
Sources could not immediately confirm the dates of the two friendlies, but it is likely that Argentina will schedule the matches during FIFA’s June 3-11 period. Opponents are also still being finalized, but one source with knowledge of Argentina’s pre-tournament schedule said Ecuador will face Argentina in Chicago, with either Guatemala or Honduras taking on the world champions at FedEx Field.
Lionel Scaloni’s side will play two friendlies ahead of the Copa America in June, both in the United States. According to Felipe Cárdenas, Argentina will face Ecuador in Chicago and Guatemala or Honduras in Washington.
It’s certainly not a major tournament, but hosting Messi and Argentina will put both Chicago and D.C. back in the conversation as potential centers of international soccer for a while. Meanwhile, Argentina will look to further capitalize on their thriving national team brand in North America this summer. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has already opened its U.S. headquarters in Miami and will soon break ground on two state-of-the-art training and commercial facilities in the Miami area.
Argentina will begin preparations for Copa América 2024 in March with two friendlies in China. Those opponents have yet to be determined.