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Lineup out for USMNT’s London test against Colombia; 4-4-2 with Rubin, Altidore up top

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News out of London, where Jurgen Klinsmann has named his team for today’s 245pm ET kickoff against Colombia.

The XI tasked when upsetting the world’s No. 3 ranked team — according to FIFA — will have Brad Guzan between the sticks and a relatively-unsurprising cast of characters ahead of him.

Jozy Altidore will get a reprieve from his time of little use at Sunderland with a start and the captain’s arm band for the Yanks.

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FC Utrecht’s teenage striker Rubio Rubin joins him up-top in perhaps the biggest eyebrow raiser. Jermaine Jones is again at center back, paired with John Anthony Brooks.

You can follow the match on Soccerly’s live matchcenter here, and our own Joe Prince-Wright is at Craven Cottage for the match.


USMNT: Guzan; Yedlin, Jones, Brooks, Garza; Beckerman; Bedoya, Diskerud, F. Johnson; Altidore, Rubin

Subs: Rimando, Morales, Besler, Beasley, Nguyen, Green, Wondolowsi, Wood, Cameron, Chandler

Colombia: Vargas, Arias, Franco, Murillo, Armero, Sánchez, Abel, James, Cuadrado, Bacca, Teofilo

VIDEO: Klinsmann talks up “benchmark” match vs. Colombia in London

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His line-up forthcoming, USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann talked up both the venue and opponents for next week’s match against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London.

The video, posted by US Soccer, includes photos of Clint Dempsey, a former Cottager, as well as current Fulham and USMNT player Emerson Hyndman, the 18-year-old phenom.

“It’s something kind of unique. It’s just awesome. It’s a home game away from home for us, so we hope really that we’re going to pack that stadium… and make it a real American home game.”

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And of course, there’s that little matter of James Rodriguez and Los Cafeteros.

“You wanna see how good we are right now, as of today? This is the benchmark that you want to have.”

It’s official: World No. 3 Colombia to face USMNT in London on Nov. 14

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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.

Croatia says they’ll play USMNT in November at Fulham’s Craven Cottage

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Calling all American Outlaws for an incredible field trip opportunity.

The Croatian Football Federation has announced that it will play the United States in a Nov. 12 friendly at Craven Cottage in London.

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The announcement includes quotes from Croatian federation president Davor Suker, who notes that the States played in Croatia’s first ever international match (video below).

From Croatia’s web site:

The US team currently holds the 17. position of the FIFA Ranking Table, and at the World Cup in Brazil it reached the second round, only to lose against Belgium in extra time.

“I am extremely glad to have reached an agreement with my colleagues from the US Soccer. We are all aware what the 1990 match signified for Croatia and Croatian football. Nearly quarter of century later, USA has an excellent squad, their football is expanding, and this encounter will promote both US and Croatian football,” said the president of Croatian Football Federation, Davor Šuker.

I’m in. How about you? Joe Prince-Wright, can I sleep on the couch?

Surely, Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan made this work.

Watch Live: Fulham vs. Norwich City (Lineups and Discuss)

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Fulham host Norwich City at Craven Cottage on Saturday (Watch live on NBCSN, 10:07 a.m. ET and live online via Live Extra) knowing anything less than a win will seriously damage their hopes of staying up.

The Cottagers beat Aston Villa 2-1 last weekend, and if they managed to beat Norwich then they’ll only be two points behind the Canaries with four games to go.

As for Norwich, they are in turmoil as Chris Hughton lost his job in the week and youth team boss Neil Adam is now in charge for the remainder of the campaign. Norwich must win at Fulham, as they have Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in their final four games of the season.


In team news Fulham make one change as Hugo Rodallega comes into the starting lineup after his game-winner last weekend. As for Norwich, their new boss made seven changes to the team that lost to West Bromwich Albion last weekend.


Fulham: Stockdale; Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Richardson; Kasami, Riether, Diarra, Sidwell, Holtby; Rodallega. Subs: Stekelenburg, Riise, Kvist, Parker, Dejagah, Roberts, Bent

Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson; Redmond, Johnson, Fer, Howson, Snodgrass; van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Bunn, Bennett, Garrido, Hoolahan, Murphy, Tettey, Hooper