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FEATURE: Avaya Stadium to Host U.S. MNT Friendly against Costa Rica February 2

Avaya Stadium, home of the San Jose Earthquakes, will host the United States Men’s National Team’s friendly against Costa Rica on Saturday, Feb. 2. The match will be televised on FS1 and Univision Networks, with kickoff time at 12:30 p.m.

Earthquakes defender Nick Lima will be eligible to play for the U.S. after being named to the 2019 January Training Camp roster. This is Lima's second call-up to the senior national team. The native of Castro Valley, Calif. started all 34 matches in 2018, finishing as one of MLS’ league-leaders in minutes played (3,049), missing just 11 minutes of action.

On Dec. 2, 2018, the MNT hired new head coach Gregg Berhalter, former head coach of Columbus Crew SC. Berhalter coached the MLS side for five seasons before accepting his new role with the United States. The game against Costa Rica will be Berhalter's first match as the MNT's head coach.

Costa Rica is one of two opponents that the MNT will face in preparation for the 2019 Gold Cup, the first official competition of the 2022 World Cup cycle. 

The United States are on a hot streak when playing in San Jose, posting an undefeated 3-0-2 record. The MNT most recently defeated Honduras 6-0 on March 24, 2017 as part of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

All ticket sales will go through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at Avaya Stadium until the day of the event.

Fans unable to attend the match or watch on television can follow along via Facebook, Twitter @ussoccer_MNT and Instagram @ussoccer_MNT.

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