U.S. men’s soccer team to play World Cup tuneup at Candlestick Park 

Candlestick Park lives to see another day.

The United States Soccer Federation announced Thursday that the men’s national team will play an exhibition game against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park on May 27 as part of its World Cup tuneup.

The U.S. will also play Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on June 1 and Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on June 7 before heading to Brazil and the American World Cup base camp in Sao Paulo.

One more game at Candlestick will be a nice surprise for many Bay Area fans with mixed emotions about the farewell of the aging stadium, which opened in 1960.

This will be the final scheduled game at the iconic former home of the Giants and 49ers, who played their final year in the venue last season. The 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 in dramatic fashion to close out their Candlestick tenure on Dec. 23.

The 49ers are scheduled to move into $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in the fall. The Giants left for their downtown waterfront ballpark in 2000.

As for the U.S., of the three opponents, only Nigeria is headed to the World Cup. The U.S. played Turkey four years ago in its final home game before going to South Africa.

The Americans have the longest first-round travel schedule of the 32 nations. They open against Ghana on June 16 at Recife, face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal six days later in the Amazon rain forest city of Manaus and close the group stage against Germany on June 26 at Recife. They will return to Sao Paulo between games.

— Staff, wire report

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