The United States’ Men’s National Team is headed to the 2014 World Cup. They were the highest team in the CONCACAF qualifying table when it ended. Austria will be sitting at home watching the tournament because they failed to qualify. This match is just a friendly between two teams looking for some international experience. For the U.S. men it is about facing a quality opponent to prepare for the World Cup.
“[USMNT Coach] Jurgen [Klinsmann] has clear ideas,” Michael Bradley said, via ESPN FC. “He already wanted to implement them at Bayern [Munich]. Possibly everyone would call him a great innovator if he had success there. He came to our national team with a confidence that sometimes resembles arrogance — but in a positive way.
“He believes we have enough good players, are strong enough and can beat the opposition. That was a significant improvement for us, that someone with experience injected confidence.”
Bradley thinks that soccer is growing, but that it will never be as big as it is overseas.
“Soccer is indeed a growing phenomenon in the U.S.,” he said. “But we have a different philosophy of life and a different culture to the one here. Football will probably never be as big as in Europe.”
Date: November 19
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Vienna, Austria
TV Info: NBC Sports Network, Uni Más
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
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