FOLLOW LIVE – USMNT revert to diamond formation in friendly vs. Germany


The U.S. national team takes on Germany in a friendly in Cologne on Wednesday as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side aim to follow up their stunning 4-3 friendly win against the Netherlands by beating the reigning World Cup champions in their own backyard.

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Klinsmann has gone for a 4-4-2 system for the game with a diamond formation in midfield as Juan Agudelo and Aron Johannsson start together up top.

Danny Williams is sitting at the base of the diamond in midfield with Michael Bradley ahead of him and Gyasi Zardes and Mix Diskerud on either side of him. The back four sees Fabian Johnson start at left back, while Timmy Chandler gets the nod at right back and there is a central defensive pairing of John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado. Brad Guzan, once again, starts in goal.

As for Germany — who the U.S. are playing for the first time since a 1-0 defeat in the World Cup group stages last summer — they will be deployed in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bastian Schweinsteiger captaining the side and Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle supporting Mario Gotze in attack.

Here are the lineups in full as you can follow the game live by hitting the link above for our Twitter coverage.


Germany: Zieler; Rudy, Mustafi, Rudiger, Hector; Schweinsteiger, Gundogan; Herrmann, Ozil, Schurrle; Gotze. Subs: Weidenfeller, Khedria, Podolski, Bellarabi, Durm, Boateng, Kramer, Kruse

USA: Guzan; Chandler, Alvarado, Brooks, Johnson; Williams, Zardes, Diskerud, Bradley; Johannsson, Agudelo. Subs: Yedlin, Evans, Beckerman, Morales, Morris, Shea, Orozco, Ibarra, Wood, Yarbrough