Germany XI: Ron-Robert Zieler; Sebastian Rudy, Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Rudiger, Jonas Hector; Bastian Schweinsteiger (c), Ilkay Gundogan, Patrick Herrmann, Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle; Mario Gotze
USA XI: Brad Guzan; Timothy Chandler, Ventura Alvarado, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson; Danny Williams, Gyasi Zardes, Mix Diskerud, Michael Bradley (c); Aron Johannsson, Juan Agudelo
After last week’s dramatic 4-3 comeback win over the Netherlands, Jurgen Klinsmann’s US national team will be looking to make it consecutive victories against European opposition when they face world champions Germany in tonight’s friendly clash in Cologne.
An understrength US side shocked the Dutch in the first of their two June friendlies last Friday with three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes, as substitute Bobby Wood struck in stoppage-time to seal them their first ever win over the Oranje.
In the absence of key men Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, Geoff Cameron, captain Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez and Jermaine Jones, several fringe players stepped up to deliver standout performances, and Klinsmann is hoping for more of the same against his home nation with potential Gold Cup squad places on the line.
"We want to make another step forward in terms of experience, in terms of measuring ourself," he told MLSsoccer.com ahead of the match. "They know they will face another top team, but we will try to take the game to Germany, as well. We want to take some risks and score some goals here."
The USA’s last meeting with Die Mannschaft was in their final Group G match of the 2014 World Cup, when the eventual tournament winners controlled 67.1 per cent of the possession and did not allow a single shot on target in a 1-0 win.
In addition, Klinsmann’s opposite number, FIFA World Coach of the Year Joachim Low, was the now-USA manager’s assistant with the German national team from 2004 until taking the reins after his compatriot stepped aside following their third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup on home soil.
There will be some added spice to the match too, with German-born quartet John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams all in the USA's starting XI, but they will have to be at the top of their game in order to stop the likes of Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.