"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.
CanMNT: After wrapping year of futility, Dwayne De Rosario says "We've just got to continue believing"
Even after 15 years with Canada’s men’s national team – and all of the disappointments endured in that time – Dwayne De Rosario still has hope.
Austria vs. USA
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 2:45 pm ET
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Austria, Vienna
Watch on NBCSN, UniMas
With no other MLSers in international action on Monday, Toronto FC forward Bright Dike had the spotlight to himself.
And the Oklahoma native delivered big time, scoring his first official goal in a Nigeria uniform and helping his cause to make the Super Eagles' World Cup roster ... against Italy.
When the US national team steps onto the field on Tuesday in Vienna (2:45 pm ET, NBCSN, UniMas), it will be facing a team that only just missed out on Sweden’s spot in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoff round. Consider: If Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn't bag an 86th-minute goal in Sweden on Oct. 11, Austria would be competing in a much bigger game.
Honduras and their MLS-based contingent suffered a lopsided loss in their friendly matchup against Brazil, dropping a 5-0 result to the 2014 World Cup hosts in Miami.
San Jose defender Victor Bernardez, Houston midfielder Boniek Garcia and New England forward Jerry Bengtson were all in the starting lineup for Los Catrachos, while San Jose's Marvin Chavez entered for his club teammate Bernardez in the 64th minute.
This is the Canadian national team’s last chance in 2013.
Tuesday’s friendly against Slovenia (noon ET, Sportsnet One) represents their last chance to break a few ugly streaks – 13 games without a win, nine without a goal – before the calendar year is done.