Fresh from their stunning 4-3 comeback win over the Netherlands, the U.S. national team take on reigning World Cup champions Germany in Cologne on Wednesday in another friendly.
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Jurgen Klinsmann’s side continue to ramp up their preparations for the Gold Cup in July with a game that will mean more than most to Klinsmann, several of his coaching staff and many of his players.
With a strong German-American influence in his squad — five USMNT players on this roster were born in Germany — facing his old assistant coach Joachim Low in his homeland will be a strange experience for Klinsmann. That said, just like when the two teams met in D.C. back in 2013, Klinsmann wants to win.
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Speaking to reporters, including Greg Seltzer of MLSsoccer.com, during a press conference on Tuesday, the head coach of the USMNT said his side will go after the World champions.
“We want to make another step forward in terms of experience, in terms of measuring ourselves,” Klinsmann said. “They know they will face another top team, but we will try to take the game to Germany, as well. We want to take some risks and score some goals here.”
The German squad is a little under-strength for this friendly with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos rested.
However with plenty of key players missing for the U.S. too — Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Jermaine Jones and Geoff Cameron to name a few — Klinsmann still believes playing a team ranked in the top 10 in the world away from him will be a great experience for his young side.
“In order to grow as a soccer nation, we need more consistency in results against teams that are above us,” Klinsmann added. “That’s why we always try to play teams that are in the top 10 in the world. We want to see where we stand. We build more belief that we can hurt the big nations if you do everything right and things go your way.”