Welcome on in, folks, here is today's how to watch and match thread for the United States Men's National Team game vs. New Zealand. In the final game of preparation for the hexagonal round of FIFA qualifying, the Americans are hosting this friendly from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The history between these two countries is very short, with only two games to speak of. The first came at the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico that the USMNT won 2-0 with goals from Brian McBride and Jovan Kirovski. The second and most recent match occurred in 2003 in Virginia, an International friendly the USMNT also won, 2-1, with goals from Kirovski and Chris Klein.
For this game, the Americans have made several changes to the squad sheet with nine players going out and seven players coming in. Notably, the additions of Terrence Boyd and Juan Agudelo are interesting, as Jurgen Klinsmann opted to bring on two more forwards that, if I had to guess, will be seeing playing time against the Kiwis. Also, the exit of Ethan Horvath and entrance of Bill Hamid is interesting to note. I believe Hamid can stake a place with Klinsmann to at least be in consideration for the third keeper spot in the future.
For this friendly, Klinsmann seems to be trying new players who can prove themselves and be called up for next month's qualifiers. After the Cuba game, only two players really stood out: Julian Green and Horvath. So this game can be seen as a proving ground for the players who are left as there are still some decisions to be made. The Americans should win this game, as New Zealand is coming from losing to Mexico, 2-1, so a similar result should be expected. One thing's for sure: There will be many options for Klinsmann. It will be interesting to see who he chooses.
Defenders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig), Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
How To Watch
Match Time: 8 p.m. (ET).
Venue: RFK Stadium -- Washington, D.C.
TV: ESPN, UniMás, Univision Deportes.
Streaming: WatchESPN, fuboTV. UnivisionDeportes.com
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