Washington, D.C. (Sporting Alert) — After being beaten up by a very talented Belgium side in midweek, USA faces another stern test against a star studded No. 2-ranked Germany side in a friendly international at RFK Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
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USA were beaten 4-2 by Belgium at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Wednesday night and they come up against a Germany side, full of young talents and recently defeated Ecuador by a similar score.
Defeat to the 15th ranked Belgians brought lots of disappointments and small criticisms, but USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann still backs that it was a good game for his team to play.
“Obviously a negative result, but I think an important game because it gets us right in our toes now,” Klinsmann said after the defeat.
“We know where players are, and we had to jump start these three and a half weeks, having guys come in on Sunday and Monday and throw them into a game right away.
“There’s a lot we can learn from these opponents. This is why we play teams like Belgium, like Germany, like Russia or like Italy because there’s so much that you can read from those games.”
Germany will be another handful for England, despite playing without several of its star players.
One man to look out for is Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski, who netted twice in midweek and admits that he’s feeling good.
Klinsmann, a former Germany international and country legend, believes the Germans will be tough opponents, but is ready to make it a contest as he goes up against his good friend Joachim Low, who was a member of his coaching staff when he was in charge of Germany.
“We want to give them a good game. We are obviously thrilled that it’s our centennial. There’s a lot of history at RFK Stadium, which has a lot of tradition for the National Team,” he said.
“It’s going to be a packed house, so we want to do well. We have four more days now to keep working and get more into a flow, have them settle in and also get the other guys joining us. We want to do much better than we did (Wednesday).”
He added: “For me, it’s a very nice thing to see my old staff. I built that staff and it’s still exactly the same. At the same time, we have two different missions.
“They just want to have an end of the season tour, and we want to prepare sharply and precisely for Jamaica. This is our job.
“We want to go into Jamaica and get points, and then also obviously pick up wins at home. That’s what our focus is, but we will definitely enjoy the game in D.C.”