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United States to face Venezuela and Ghana in friendlies - sources

Taylor Twellman joins SVP to share his thoughts on the 1-1 draw between the United States and Panama.

The United States national team will play friendlies against Venezuela in early June and Ghana in July, multiple sources told ESPN FC.

The Americans will take on the Venezuelans on June 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, ahead of their high-stakes June 8 World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago in suburban Denver, which was announced by U.S. Soccer earlier this week. The site of the game was previously reported by the Washington Post.

U.S. Soccer picked the high-altitude location of both...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Video Assistant Referees: Football can learn from rugby, cricket, tennis, NFL

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the notion that VAR delays will become a nuisance during matches.
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the notion that VAR delays will become a nuisance during matches.

Football may be the biggest game across the world, but it has taken its time in catching up with other sports when it comes to adopting video technology.

But the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system -- which debuted at the top level back in December in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal between Atletico Nacional and Kashima Antlers -- was implemented in another high-profile match on Tuesday during Spain's 2-0 friendly win in France.

While the introduction of VAR has been broadly welcomed across the...

Spain's win over heavily-fancied France is a positive sign for Julen Lopetegui

Two of the biggest football countries were on display but it was Video Replay Technology that starred, disallowing one goal and overruling a linesman on another.

Throw away the traditional cliches about not reading too much into a friendly match. Instead, read on, I beg you. Spain's five-star defeat of France in Paris on Tuesday night was rich with conclusions and nourishment for our understanding of where Julen Lopetegui's team are right now.

The first point was that this was an impressive shaking of "weight off their shoulders." Regardless of how results may look, the Stade de France has never been a place where Spain find it simple to win. "Saint-Denis...

Video assistant referees are an imperfect but important solution

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the notion that VAR delays will become a nuisance during matches.
Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the notion that VAR delays will become a nuisance during matches.
Antoine Griezmann thought he'd had the opener for France, but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled the goal was offside.
International Friendly: Gerard Deulofeu (77'), France 0-2 Spain
Two of the biggest football countries were on display but it was Video Replay Technology that starred, disallowing one goal and overruling a linesman on another.

When France hosted Spain in a friendly on Tuesday night, the match offered the first "official" example of a video assistant referee (VAR) in a high-profile international. (The first instance was back at the FIFA Club World Cup in December ... and the first "unofficial" instance was probably this, even though we may never know for sure.)

VAR proponents could not have hoped for a better outcome.

Simply put, without VAR, this game would have finished in a 1-1 draw. Instead, Spain won 2-0. You don't...