The United States Men's National Team takes this pitch this Friday in the Netherlands against a Dutch team that is currently ranked sixth in the world. This will be a very difficult test for the the boys as Jurgen Klinsmann continues to tweak his roster going into the Gold Cup next month in the United States.
The Goal for the Good Guys: Try and grab a result on the road.
What to Watch For:
1) No Easy Games: Klinsmann gets a lot of grief from fans for a variety of reasons but one thing that I will complement him on is his lack of scheduling cup cakes. Whereas other countries would schedule easier teams to play, the USMNT is playing the Netherlands and Germany on this trip. Yep, the sixth rank team in the world and the reigning champions in Germany. It is great preparation for the Gold Cup.
2) The Starting Lineup: It is an interesting roster for Klinsmann as many of the usual suspects are not there for these two friendlies. But there are some trends emerging from his selection. However the real question is who will be in the starting lineup. Who replaces Jozy Altidore up front? Will a young Jordan Morris or Juan Agudelo get the call? And will we see a midfield that has Mix Diskerud, Michael Bradley and Kyle Beckerman out there at once? Regardless of who gets the call, it will be a tough go for them
3) The Roster: Here is the updated roster reflecting the addition of Morris:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)
How to Watch:
Match Date/Time: Friday, June 5 at 1:00 PM MDT
Venue: Amsterdam Arena--Amsterdam, Netherlands
TV Information: ESPN2 and UniMas
OnLine Viewing: WatchESPN and Univision Deportes Network