Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were back in Barcelona on Friday and the two are confirmed to travel, along with Arturo Vidal, Philippe Coutinho and Arthur Melo to the United States on Aug. 5 for matches against Italian side Napoli in Miami on Aug. 7 and Detroit on Aug. 10
All five South American players were part of their respective Copa America teams and were allotted holiday, but Suarez and Messi cut their vacations short by five days to return Barcelona on Friday.
The U.S. men's soccer team will play Uruguay in an exhibition at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sept. 10, four days after the Americans face Mexico in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The match, announced on Thursday, is the final friendly of the year for the Americans, with both games falling on FIFA dates, allowing the U.S. to call in Europe-based players for the match.
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