The test against the Czech Republic exists in order for Jurgen Klinsmann to see a few new souls don the uniform. The coach started a few players that were on the outside of the World Cup roster but who are also fairly well known. Most notable would be captain, and finally healthy, Jozy Altidore. That first half saw Alejandro Bedoya with the only goal.
After second half subs put Nick Rimando and Tim Ream onto the pitch. There was even more high press from the Americans. Their ball winning killed time and created opportunities. Seattle's time to shine came in the ... it never came. After suggesting that Jordan Morris was capable of playing 30 minutes at this level Klinsmann did not play the youngster.
Three other players did get their first ever career appearance for the senior side. Morris will instead head back to Palo Alto and continue in college, while pursuing his own unique path to professional soccer. It is one that will almost certainly involve the January camp, will involve further calls to the Olympic prep teams (whether U21 or U23) and flirtations with a Homegrown Player contract with Seattle.
Morris next opportunity to play is with Stanford hosting San Jose State on the 6th at 7 PM. After training with the US National Team what will a match against "Not-really-a-state U" be like?
PS Nick Rimando is really quite good at that goalkeeping thing.