After playing – and winning – a historic friendly in Cuba, the United States Men’s National Team will play their final friendly before the next dire stage of World Cup qualifying. Will they keep the momentum going against New Zealand on Oct. 11? Don’t miss this game, so click to watch.
When these two squads hit the pitch at RKF Stadium in Washington, D.C., it’ll be the last chance for manager Jurgen Klinsmann, 52, to fine tune the lineup before things get serious regarding the Russia 2018 World Cup. Keeping the momentum alive is key, so team USA will do their best to send the New Zealand squad home with a loss. The action kicks off at 8:00 PM ET so be ready to watch every kick, block and GOAAAAAL!
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This game might as well be called “American Soccer Idol,” with so many players using it as a last-minute audition for the lineup that will take on Mexico and Costa Rica during the pair of World Cup qualifier matches awaiting the USA after this friendly. With stars like Christian Pulisic, 18, Bobby Wood, 23, John Brooks, 23, and Timmy Chandlier, 26, all flying overseas to return to their European clubs, it’s definitely a chance for younger, less-established players to shine.
Sacha Kljestan, 31, has been playing a phenomenal career with the New York Red Bulls, and Jurgen has noticed. “Sacha really took his opportunity 100 percent,” the manager said, after watching Sacha develop his game while being away from the USMNT, per Fox Sports. “Sacha’s…making a very strong case for a starting position.”
Steve Birnbaum, 25, who took a kick to the head during the game in Cuba, is also working to get a starting position. Yet, he’s competing with Geroff Cameron and John Brooks, the pair of center backs who have excelled since getting paired together in the Copa America. With the Americans kicking off the fifth and final CONCACAF qualification round with a match with bitter rivals, Mexico, on Nov. 11, they need all their best guns blazing.
Who do you think will win this soccer friendly, HollywoodLifers? Do you think the Americans will keep the momentum going or will New Zealand pull off an upset