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U.S. men

Three games in May are scheduled as final World Cup prep.

By Robert Wagman

LAS VEGAS (Friday, March 10, 2006) -- The United States men will play three games in May, against Morrocco, Latvia and Venezuela in their final preparations before departing for the World Cup in Germany.

Although none of the matches have yet been announced, SoccerTimes learned at this weekend's U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting that the Americans will face Morocco in Nashville on May 23, Venezuela May 26 in Cleveland and Latvia May 28 in East Hartford, Conn., before departing for Germany.

U.S. manager Bruce Arena's goal is to approximate the opposition his team will face in the World Cup. The Americans begin World Cup Group E play June 12 against the Czech Republic in Gelsenkirchen, followed by a June 17 match against Italy in Kaiserslautern before closing the preliminary round June 22 in Nürnberg.

Arena will have his full World Cup roster available and will attempt to integrate his European-based and Major League Soccer players to determine their roles for Germany.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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