Scotland vs. USA | International Friendly Preview

#SCOvUSA preview: Change of pace in store for US vs. in-form Scotland

Scotland vs. USA
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 3 pm ET
Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Watch on ESPN2, UniMas

The US national team's final stretch of World Cup preparation begins in the decidedly un-Brazilian environs of dark, chilly Glasgow this week.

CanMNT: Benito Floro has specific plan in place for friendlies against Czech Republic, Slovenia

Saving face: Canada's Floro has plan for friendlies vs. Czech Rep., Slovenia

You can say one thing about Canadian national team head coach Benito Floro: He seems to always have a plan.

With his team set to face the Czech Republic on Friday (11 am ET, Sportsnet One) and Slovenia on Nov. 19 (noon ET, Sportsnet One) to close out what’s been a disastrous year of on-field results, Floro knows exactly what he’s expecting from the pair of friendlies.

Trash talk: Did Scotland just take a dig at USMNT & American soccer on their official site? | SIDELINE

Trash talk: Did Scotland just take a dig at American soccer on their official site?

Scottish FA logo / Scotland

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The Scottish Football Association (SFA) are having a bit of a laugh at our expense, and they're using one of our more infamous figures to continue the portrayal of Americans as soccer neanderthals.

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There's a reason US national team fans have been clamoring for Nottingham Forest right back Eric Lichaj to be part of the squad.

Not only has it been a while – Lichaj's last appearance came in the 2011 Gold Cup final against Mexico – but since moving to Forest at the start of this season, Lichaj has been on a tear, starting 13 of 15 games.

Czech Republic vs. Canada | International Friendly Match Preview

Preview: Can Canada end their brutal year on high note vs. Czechs?

Czech Republic vs. Canada
Friday, November 15, 2013, 11 am ET
Andruv Stadion, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Watch on Sportsnet One

With neither team headed to next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, both Canada and the Czech Republic will be focusing on the future in Friday’s friendly match.

But the Canadians will also be keeping an eye on the present, as they hope to stop what’s thus far been a calamitous slide down the FIFA rankings in 2013 to an all-time low of No. 111.

Eight MLS academy youths called as US U-17s face Canada in Ft. Lauderdale

Eight MLS academy youths called as US U-17s face Canada in Fla.

US Under-17 national team coach Richie Williams (above) has called in a squad featuring several MLS academy prospects to face Canada in two friendly matches in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this weekend.

The brief camp will serve as preparation for the U-17s ahead of next month's high-intensity meetings with their counterparts from Brazil, England and Portugal at the Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

USMNT: Hungry Chris Wondolowski "embraces the competition" of Klinsmann's crowded striker pool

USMNT: Wondo seeking winter loan move as he hunts a World Cup spot
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Chris Wondolowski celebrates his goal for the US

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GLASGOW, Scotland – Not that long ago, the lone striker role in Jurgen Klinsmann’s system was perceived as a problem area. Jozy Altidore struggled to adapt to the German’s methods, with few other options offering an alternative.

But as the US national team arrived here to prepare for Friday’s friendly clash against Scotland (3 pm ET, ESPN2/UniMas) and Klinsmann thinks ahead to next summer’s World Cup, he has a problem most never saw coming: too many strikers.

USMNT: Michael Bradley still hungry to earn his spot as he rejoins team in Scotland

USMNT: Bradley returns healthy and headstrong ahead of Scotland match
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Michael Bradley closeup USMNT

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GLASGOW, Scotland –  Michael Bradley somewhat grew in stature even while he was gone from the US national team last month, when the club noticeably missed the AS Roma midfielder’s presence in the center of the field against Jamaica and Panama.

Now with a successful year winding down for the USMNT, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has gathered Bradley and 22 other players here, and with seats on that plane to Brazil up for grabs there is a nearly visible spring in the step of players aiming to punch their ticket.

DC United to use Indonesian tour as prep for CONCACAF Champions League, "global exposure"

United head to Indonesia for CCL prep, "global exposure"

Ben Olsen, DC United

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WASHINGTON – Among the many challenges facing D.C. United next season as they attempt to rebound from a poor 2013 campaign will be competing in the always-grueling CONCACAF Champions League.

By virtue of United’s US Open Cup victory in October, Ben Olsen’s club earned a berth in the competition, which requires frequent international travel right in the middle of the MLS stretch run.

In order to prepare for playing clubs outside of the US, United will spend the first week of December in Southeast Asia.

USMNT: Jurgen Klinsmann aims to strike balance between evaluation, results in Euro friendlies

Klinsmann aims for balance between evaluation, results in upcoming friendlies

Jurgen Klinsmann and Cint Dempsey

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As the US men's national team prep for a pair of friendlies in Europe against Scotland (Friday, 3 pm ET, ESPN2, UniMas) and Austria (Nov. 19, 2:45 pm ET, NBCSN, UniMas), head coach Jurgen Klinsmann expressed his hope to evaluate players with an eye on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next June while simultaneously keeping up the US' run of good form.

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