The US national team will kick off 2014 against a fellow World Cup qualifier: Korea Republic.
U.S. Soccer on Monday announced the match, which will come on the back of annual January camp. The game will be held at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Feb. 1, kicking off at 5 pm ET.
"As a team that has qualified for Brazil, the Korea Republic will be another great benchmark for us," US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. "They bring a different style of play than we have seen in the last two years, and that gives us a chance to grow."
St. Louis has turned heads across the continent this year with several large, passionate crowds for exhibition soccer games, and if early reports are correct, the River City might play host to another massive match in the lead-up to the World Cup.
No wins and no goals from 180 minutes against second-tier European competition, but no big worries in the big picture.
That was the message from Jurgen Klinsmann and the US national team on Tuesday as they pronounced themselves pleased with their 10-day European camp despite a 1-0 loss to Austria in Vienna.
The US national team was philosophical in the wake of its 1-0 loss to Austria in the final match of a record-setting 2013 on Tuesday, a friendly setback head coach Jurgen Klinsmann deemed “no big deal.”
The US national team dropped its final game of 2013 in a spotty performance that belied what has been a fine year, falling 1-0 at Austria in Vienna on Tuesday to take home a wide variety of grades.
The US national team concluded their excellent 2013 campaign on a down note in Vienna on Tuesday, falling 1-0 to Austria in an international friendly where – for the second game in a row – Jurgen Klinsmann's squad did not live up to their own lofty expectations in front of goal.
"Will there be life after Landon?"
That's a question I asked in this space more than two years ago, and it's been the subtext of everything Jurgen Klinsmann has done as manager of the US national team. Forget Landon Donovan's breathtaking speed, or his reliable set pieces, or even his nearly 60 goals.