The U.S. Men's National Team are back at it, playing in the first of two friendlies in the next week, this one coming against Colombia at Fulham's stadium Craven Cottage in London.
Yes, I said Colombia. This game is going to be a challenge, something that won't be a fun rollout in front of a friendly crowd. Colombia only advanced one round further than the Americans at the World Cup this summer, but the U.S. would have been underdogs 10 times out of 10 had they met in Brazil.
Since the game is taking place in England, the start time is early, as the broadcast begins at 11:45 am PT on Friday. The game will be broadcast in the United States on ESPN (English) and UniMas (Spanish).
The big talking point entering the game is that New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen has been recalled to the USMNT for the first time since 2007, the second-longest wait between call-ups in U.S. Men's National Team history. Also, NASL star Miguel Ibarra and Stanford forward Jordan Morris have been called in again, and Rubio Rubin, a former Portland Timbers Academy player who now plays in the Netherlands, has gotten his first senior team selection.
Another note on this game: Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan is expected to get the start against the Colombians.
Will Jurgen Klinsmann's side be able to compete with Jose Pekerman's potent squad? Will either side use the occasion to experiment quite a bit, or will they attempt to keep main contributors in rhythm? The answers will be revealed come game time.
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