This is how the Netherlands and US national team will line up for tonight's international friendly at the Amsterdam Arena...
The US national team begin their preparations for the summer’s Gold Cup with an international friendly against the Netherlands on Friday night at the Amsterdam Arena, as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks to test his side against European opposition.
Klinsmann’s 21-man squad for the clash with the Dutch and next week’s game against Germany is missing key men Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones but the boss sees both matches as a valuable chance for others to stake their claim for a place at the upcoming tournament.
Speaking to US Soccer, Klinsmann said: “Putting together the pieces now for these two very, very prestigious friendlies, obviously in the back of your mind there’s the Gold Cup. It’s a huge opportunity to play nations like these two in order to see a lot of things that you want to see from your players.
“That’s why I want to see Ventura Alvarado or John Brooks play in games like this. Up front, because Jozy Altidore is not here and Clint Dempsey is not here, the youngsters that jump on board now have got a point to prove. For all these guys, games like these are opportunities that don’t happen often in a lifetime, so you better jump on those.”
The Netherlands, meanwhile, are expected to take a cautious approach to the match, with a vital Euro 2016 qualifier in Latvia coming up next week.
Guus Hiddink’s men are five points off an automatic qualification place in Group A after five games and in desperate need of a win to close the gap between them and Iceland and the Czech Republic.
Their last meeting with the US also took place in Amsterdam in March 2010, when goals from Dirk Kuyt and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave them a 2-1 victory over Bob Bradley’s side, and there is again some impressive firepower on show this time around.
Huntelaar gets another go at the US defence up top, while soon-to-be Manchester United winger Memphis Depay joins Red Devils star Robin van Persie in an attack which is sure to keep Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan on his toes over the course of the 90 minutes.