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United States Men v Germany - Open Thread, Brad Evans starts

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The USA will face a reduced German side in a friendly to celebrate 100 years of the US Soccer Federation.

Matt Sullivan

TV coverage starts at 11 AM Pacific on ESPN2, but the match does not start until after 11:30 AM. Much of the prematch focus will be on the long history of American soccer, but when the match starts two experimental lineups will take the pitch. Germany is lacking many of their best due to the DFB Pokal (German Cup) between Bayern Munich and VFB Stuttgart (Bayern won). Due to various injuries and a bout of the flu going through the two forwards, Jurgen Klinsmann will also be using a different than people expect, or maybe even want.

Facing one of the best teams in the world, even if reduced, will be tough for an American team that is stagnant. There is little reason to think that the US will win, but friendlies are not about wins and losses. This is match prep for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Lessons learned against Germany need to be carried forward to the June 11th match against Panama here in Seattle and the June 18th game against Honduras at Rio Tinto in Utah.

One of those lessons will be how valuable Brad Evans can be in the Red, White and Blue and at right back.