DAVID SMITH - Friday, November 28, 2014
The United States men's national team will face reigning World Cup champions Germany in a friendly in June 2015, giving the team a tough test before the summer's Gold Cup tournament.
The German Soccer Federation (DFB) confirmed the team's remaining schedule of friendly matches for 2015 on Friday afternoon, with the previously-rumored game against Jürgen Klinsmann's squad set to be played on June 10 in Cologne.
This will be the third time the two teams have played under Klinsmann's reign, with the first being a wild 4-3 finish for the Americans against a depleted German squad in RFK stadium in June 2013, and the more recent meeting being Germany's 1-0 victory in group play in last summer's World Cup.
In the time since that fateful June afternoon in Manaus, Germany has gone on to lift the World Cup trophy, however both teams have suffered letdowns comparative to their respective previous levels of success during the months since the completion of the summer festivities in Brazil.
While they did win each of their two matches in the most recent international break, things have not gone according to plan for the Germans with 2-0 loss to Poland and a subsequent 1-1 draw against Ireland in Euro 2016 qualifying earlier in October giving the nation some cause for concern.
Few, however, expect their lackluster form to continue for long, meaning the World Champions will undoubtedly be a handful for Klinsmann's squad.
The Americans have also been far from spectacular since the summer, with the most recent pair of friendlies ending with a pair of losses - including a 4-1 thrashing at Aviva Stadium that performed the previously unimaginable task of making their Irish opponents look like world-beaters.
The game is approximately one month prior to the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and could be paired with another European-based friendly match.