AMSTERDAM (Sporting Alert) — Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Memphis Depay all start for the Netherlands in today’s international friendly clash with USA.
Van Persie, who struggled with injuries for most of the English Premier League season with Manchester United, plays alongside his soon to be Old Trafford teammate Depay, who has been regarded as one of the future of Dutch football.
Van Persie captain Holland and will play just behind the main center forward.
Depay, who will join Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven when the summer transfer window opens later this season, was the leading marksman on the term in the Dutch league and will be looking to continue that form for the national team.
Also in a powerhouse Holland attacking line is Huntelaar, who features for German Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04.
Starting as well for the Netherlands is Manchester United holding midfielder Daley Blind, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordy Clasie, Jeffrey Bruma and Bruno Martins Indi all in the starting XI as well for this friendly game in Amsterdam.
Meanwhile, the United States German head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, although with several key players, such as Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, named a relatively strong team for this friendly international.
There is a mixture of youth and veterans in the squad.
Michael Bradley, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson and Aron Johannsson, who leads the attack, are all in the starting team.
Midfielder Bradley will captain USA for today’s game.
Among those on the bench for the visitors are highly-rated young talents DeAndre Yedlin and Juan Agudelo, as well as Brad Evans Nick Rimando and Daniel Williams.
This is expected to be a big night for American midfielder Alfredo Morales.
The Netherlands also have lots of fire power to call off the bench, with the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Luuk de Jong, Gregory van der Wiel and Stefan de Vrij expected to play some part in the game.
The United States and Holland will be meeting for the fifth time with the Netherlands winning four of them, while USA have only scored once in this series.
Holland: Cillessen; Janmaat, Bruma, Martins Indi, Blind; Clasie, Wijnaldum; Promes, van Persie, Depay; Huntelaar
USA: Guzan; Shea, Brooks, Alvarado, Chandler; Morales, Beckerman, Bradley; Zardes, Johannsson, Johnson.