USA Takes on Austria in Internatoinal Friendly

jurgen_klinsmann_2013 Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 2:45 pm ET
Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Austria, Vienna
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The US national team wraps up its European mini-camp with an intriguing match against Austria on Tuesday, providing coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his men with another quality test and – hopefully – a welcome opportunity to show more dynamism and creativity after Friday’s underwhelming 0-0 draw with Scotland in Glasgow.

The compact Alpen nation just concluded a solid but ultimately disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign that saw them finish third in UEFA Group C behind Germany and Sweden with a record of 5-3-2. Changing migration patterns have diversified Austria’s talent pool in recent years, adding flair that has moderated old stereotypes about their dourly efficient playing style, and the USMNT will welcome this challenge as it looks to conclude their historic 2013 with panache.

Source: Charles Boehm,