Here is how the USA will line up for tonight's Gold Cup tune-up against Guatemala in Nashville, Tennessee...
USA Starting XI: Brad Guzan; Timothy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, John Brooks, Fabian Johnson; Mix Diskerud, DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, Michael Bradley [c]; Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore
Substitutes: Kyle Beckerman, Alfredo Morales, Aron Johannsson, Alejandro Bedoya, Nick Rimando, Ventura Alvarado, Greg Garza, Tim Ream, Brad Evans, Chris Wondolowski, Gyasi Zardes, William Yarbrough
The US national team will be looking for a positive result ahead of defending their Gold Cup title when they face Guatemala in Friday night’s final friendly warm-up in Nashville, Tennessee.
The two sides met in almost identical circumstances back in 2013, when Jurgen Klinsmann’s men thumped their CONCACAF rivals 6-0 in San Diego before going on to win the tournament, and the German head coach is hoping for a similar performance at the Nissan Stadium.
“We are really excited to be in Nashville and to get the whole Gold Cup preparation going,” he told US Soccer ahead of the game. “It’s a very short preparation because it’s only a one week window before we move over to Dallas for the first game in the Gold Cup, so things are going smoothly.
“The big challenge is to get the European-based players and also the Mexican-based players on the same page with the MLS players because they had a different schedule,” he added. “They had a quick break, a quick vacation and we have to get them up to speed as quickly as possible, so that’s kind of the key goal here in Nashville, to get everybody on the same page and play a good game.
“We are very, very excited to be in Nashville. We’re expecting a huge crowd, which excites us all, and hopefully we get the right start into a very busy Gold Cup.”
Coming off back-to-backs victories in Europe over the Netherlands and world champions Germany, the USA will open their Gold Cup campaign against Honduras on 7 July in Frisco, Texas, making the Guatemala game a crucial one for the likes of Mix Diskerud and DeAndre Yedlin to cement their places in the line-up.
With an experienced 23-man squad that includes 16 holdovers from the 2014 World Cup, the side will be confident of getting a comfortable win to head into the tournament with, especially considering their current 20-match unbeaten run against Los Chapines.
With new skipper Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey all in the starting XI too, there should be plenty of opportunities for goals on the night.