USMNT Preview: Friendly vs Austria
Austria vs USMNT
Ernst-Happel Stadion – Vienna, Austria
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Coverage starts at 2:30pm on NBC Sports
In Austria, the USMNT will find another challenge against a team coming off a disappointing qualifying campaign falling short of the European qualification playoff spot by 3 points. Germany topped their group with 28 points and Sweden beat out Austria by 3 points for that 2nd spot. Rounding out the group below Austria was the Republic of Ireland, Kazakhstan, and Faroe Islands.
The 53rd ranked team in the world finished qualification with wins at home against everyone, except for Germany in their group including 6-0 against Faroe Islands, 4-0 against Kazakhstan, 1-0 vs Ireland, and 2-1 against Sweden. Their only multi-goal loss came at Germany, 3-0 with their other two loses being the aforementioned 1-2 at home to Germany and 1-2 at Sweden.
Austria is not a team to be taken lightly, as they just missed out on on that European qualification playoff and a chance to go to Brazil, and will be looking to play for pride. Of the roster selected for the international break, 9 players play their club ball in Austria, 8 in Germany, 2 in Turkey, and 1 each in Italy, Ukraine, Spain, and England. There are a few club teammates split between the two countries with USMNT Terrence Boyd going up against Rapid Wien teammate Marcel Sabitzer. Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea play for Stoke City with Marko Arnautovic. Finally, Austrian captain Christian Fuchs and USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones play at Schalke 04.
It would not be surprising to see Jurgen Klinsmann come out in the 4-4-2 formation after that lackluster offensive performance against Scotland. This could be a great opportunity to get Jozy Altidore partnered up top with his AZ Alkmaar replacement, Aron Johannsson. John Anthony Brooks could also be in line for another start as he continues to build his international resume.
Overall, don’t expect too many changes to the USMNT roster. Klinsmann is looking to build his first team roster to the point it will be familiar with each other next summer while also giving a few players the opportunity at quality minutes with the majority of the first team squad to see what they can do.
Austria 1-2 U
Johannsson (USMNT) – 20”
Janko (Austria) – 48”
Johnson (USMNT) – 87″