Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for World Cup Preparation Matches against Scotland and Austria
U.S. Closes out Record-Setting Year in Glasgow and Vienna
CHICAGO (Nov. 11, 2013) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 23 players to camp to begin preparations for the final matches of the record-setting 2013 campaign.
The U.S. first faces Scotland on Nov. 15 at Hampden Park in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas), then four days later will play Austria for the first time since 1998 when they meet at Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Vienna (2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network and UniMas). Fans can follow both matches live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
The team is gathering Monday afternoon in Glasgow.
"We are excited about the group we have coming in and the big opportunity to finish the year on a high note," said Klinsmann. "We want to use these games to prove a point and see that our players are continuing to improve as we build towards the World Cup. The results in MLS wound up fitting in with our roster plans,so we didn't need to call in any guys who are still in the playoffs. There are some injuries issues that now give other players the chance to step up."
The United States is concluding a tremendous year, highlighted by reaching the World Cup final competition for the seventh-consecutive time. The USA finished in first place in qualifying in the CONCACAF region for the third straight time, collected a perfect 5-0-0 record at home in the final round, with all wins coming by shutout. After completing a team-record 12-game winning streak, the U.S. has won 16 games in 2013, already a team high for a calendar year.