GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jurgen Klinsmann doesn’t deal in guarantees. The German is more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of manager.
You thought you knew Michael Bradley. You thought you understood exactly what this guy brought to the game. You've talked at length about his work rate, his toughness in the tackle, his toughness in just, well, everything. How he stands. How he talks. How he breathes.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – For 45 minutes, it had all the makings of Dos a Cero. With Michael Bradley tearing Mexico apart, it appeared the US national team was on its way to writing another glorious chapter in the region’s marquee rivalry.
Appearances, of course, can be deceiving.
Jurgen Klinsmann took over the US men’s national team after they got embarrassed in the 2011 Gold Cup final against Mexico, giving up four straight goals to El Tri and losing 4-2.
World Cup: Jurgen Klinsmann says USMNT-Mexico friendly a "huge opportunity," but won't decide roster choices alone
GLENDALE, Ariz. – For two-and-a-half years, Jurgen Klinsmann tinkered. He experimented, demanding urgency as he steadily expanded the player pool. The German even dropped the USMNT’s most decorated player to prove a point.
Now, 24 hours before the US national team takes on Mexico on Wednesday (11 pm ET, ESPN and UniMas) in its last friendly before the final camp before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Klinsmann is tasked with trimming rather than expanding the group at his disposal.
TEMPE, Ariz. – You can’t blame DeAndre Yedlin for dreaming, for believing a summer business trip to Brazil is more than just a fantasy.
If things fall into place, the Houston Dynamo could host a World Cup reunion of sorts in July, as English Premier League club Aston Villa have committed to participating in the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup on Saturday, July 26.
Prior to facing Houston, Aston Villa will take on FC Dallas in a friendly at Toyota Stadium on Wednesday, July 23.
USA vs. Mexico
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11 pm ET
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Watch on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas