World Cup: USMNT confirmed to face Czech Republic in Prague in September friendly
It's confirmed: the US national team are set for another European friendly later this year.
The Czech football association on Monday reported on its website that the Czech Republic will host the USMNT in Prague on Sept. 3 as a warmup for their Euro 2016 qualifying opener against the Netherlands on Sept. 9. US Soccer later sent out a release confirming the report.
"While we are focused on preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we must always look ahead and therefore we are thrilled to get this match against the Czech Republic," said US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in the release. "Historically, they have a very good team, and they are going to be preparing for a huge challenge against the Netherlands in their opening game of qualifying for the European Championships, so we expect this to be a tough match and another good benchmark for our team."
According to Czech head coach Pavel Vrba, the US were selected as the opponent because of the style implemented by Jurgen Klinsmann since taking over the national team in 2011, and will provide a precursor to the competitive clash against the Dutch, who are currently ranked No. 11 in the world. The Czechs are currently ranked No. 30 by FIFA.
When the US and Czechs meet, it will be the third-ever contest between the countries. The Czechs beat the US 3-0 at the 2006 World Cup Group E opener, and won again in a 2010 World Cup tune-up friendly, 4-2.