U.S. team set to take on Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dzeko
John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for...
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 — The U.S. men’s team is on a roll. After winning three World Cup qualifiers in June against CONCACAF teams, and almost securing World Cup spot, the American team is set to face some tough European competition on the road in August.
The U.S. team will travel to play Bosnia-Herzegovina for an international friendly on Wednesday, Aug. 14 in Sarajevo at the Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium (8:30 p.m. ESPN2).
Bosnia is currently ranked No. 15 in the world and leads Group G in World Cup qualifying with five wins and a draw, and sits three points ahead of Greece. The game will be a good test for the Americans just before the team plays its last four World Cup qualifying games beginning on Sept. 6th at Costa Rica.
Bosnia boasts star players such as Edin Dzeko on Manchester City, Vedad Ibisevic of Stuggart and Miralem Pjanic of Roma. Dzeko has notched 29 goals for Bosnia in 53 games.
“As we head into the huge World Cup qualifiers in September, this is a great opportunity to get our players together and continue to build on the progress we have made,” said U.S. team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “We still have a lot of work to do, and we want to constantly measure ourselves against the top teams in the world. Bosnia-Herzegovina are on an amazing run right now, and the game will be a good challenge for us.”
This game will be the first meeting between the two countries.
The U.S. team will gather beginning July 1 in San Diego in preparation for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. That roster will not include most of the team’s overseas players. The U.S. has been drawn into Group C of the 2013 Gold Cup along with Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica.
To tune-up for that event, the will team will play Guatemala on July 5 in San Diego.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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