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U.S. men’s national team to play Gold Cup match at Sporting Park in July

Matt Besler (left) played for the U.S. men’s national team against Divock Origi and Belgium in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Matt Besler (left) played for the U.S. men’s national team against Divock Origi and Belgium in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Associated Press

Sporting Kansas City designated players Matt Besler and Graham Zusi have traveled across the world to join the United States men’s national team over the past two years.

This time, the team is coming to them.

The U.S. will return to Sporting Park on July 13 for a CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match, the confederation announced Tuesday. The opponent will be revealed in early 2015.

The home of Sporting Kansas City will also play host to a second group stage match in a double-header on July 13, with the teams to be determined.

The Gold Cup is a 12-team biennial tournament that is considered the top competition for the U.S. in 2015.

Besler and Zusi have become fixtures for the team under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and they represented their country in the World Cup in Brazil last summer.

The match in July will mark the U.S. men’s national team’s fourth appearance at Sporting Park. The senior team is 3-0, with wins against Guadeloupe, Guatemala and Jamaica.

The U.S. will also play Gold Cup group matches July 7 in Frisco, Texas, and July 10 in Foxborough, Mass., before traveling to Kansas City for the group stage finale.

In addition to the U.S. national team, Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Guatemala, Panama, El Savador, Haiti and Cuba will compete in the Gold Cup. A match between Honduras and French Guyana will determine the final team in the competition.

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