James and Jermaine. Jozy and Jackson. Fabian and Falcao. Green and Guarin.
The United States men’s national team will put its top names against the team thought by many to be amongst the best in the world: FIFA No. 3 Colombia.
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The mid-November game will be at Craven Cottage in London, England, but it comes with a few changes. Obviously, the opponent will be the Coffeemakers, not Croatia (which made waves with an official announcement a few weeks back). And the date is two days later from the original reported date at Fulham’s home stadium.
November 14 is the date for the USMNT and Colombia, and the States will finish off their 2014 four days later against Ireland.
“Colombia showed in the World Cup that they are one of the top teams in the world,” said USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a statement. “They have some tremendous attacking talent like Radamel Falcao at Manchester United, James Rodriguez who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup and now plays at Real Madrid, Adrian Ramos from Dortmund who was one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga, and Carlos Bacca who won the Europa League with Sevilla.
“So overall, it’s a squad with a lot of experience playing at the highest level, and this will be another great benchmark for us. We are thrilled to be playing at Craven Cottage, which holds so many good memories for US players. It will be a unique experience.”
Craven Cottage is the home of Fulham FC, for whom a number of current and former US internationals including Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra have played. The Cottagers currently boast 18-year-old midfielder Emerson Hyndman, who made his USMNT debut in a friendly against the Czech Republic in September, on their roster.
Here’s a chance for the States to make some big waves. We’ll be watching, and we’re already anticipating the date.
Now which MLS players will be available, and which will be locked up in the playoffs? Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez, Jermaine Jones and DeAndre Yedlin are among the regular starters on top teams in Major League Soccer, which does have an international break but a congested schedule. L.A. and Seattle are guaranteed to play on Nov. 9 & 10, respectively.