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The U.S. men's national team will play a friendly in Portugal on Nov. 14, both countries' federations announced on Monday.

The Portugal game could be the first the U.S. team will play since a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10 that resulted in the Americans failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since the 1986 cycle.

Meanwhile, Portugal sealed qualification last week with a 2-0 win over Switzerland that allowed it to claim top spot in UEFA's Group B.

It is unclear at present who will manage the U.S. for the match. On a conference call with reporters last week, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said he would name a manager to oversee the two matches "in the next seven to 10 days."

U.S. youth technical director and U-20 manager Tab Ramos is widely expected to be put in charge for November, though a second match has yet to be confirmed.

A potential matchup with Wales will not go forward, sources confirmed to ESPN FC, and though U.S. Soccer is looking for a replacement, one source said there are "limited options."

The two countries have faced each other six times previously, with each side claiming two wins. The last encounter was during the group stage at the 2014 World Cup, with the teams playing to a 2-2 draw.

Portugal will begin the international break with a friendly against fellow World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in Leiria on Nov. 10, before facing the U.S. in Algarve.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.


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