The United States’ Men’s National Team takes on South Korea in a World Cup warm up. The Americans are looking to this match as a measuring stick to see where they are ahead of the international tournament this summer.
“It’s a game at the end of January camp where you want to see the players implement the things we worked on in these three-and-a-half weeks,” Klinsmann said, via USsoccer.com. “You want to see the progress they made throughout the camp to get an idea of where they are individually. It helps to finish [the camp] off with a game or maybe two because it’s something they are looking forward to. Otherwise, they train, train, train but can’t prove it in a game.
“Now, in a World Cup year against an opponent who will also be a part of the World Cup, it’s something they can use to measure themselves a bit knowing that Korea’s players – many are based in the K-League in Korea, so similar to us in MLS. It’s a pretty good team and Costa Rica already experienced that. They had absolutely no chance against them on Saturday. We get a nice benchmark there for the group that we have together now and then we go from there.
“Tactically we were working on a couple of things this week, sharpening that up. We’ll let you know about that stuff right after the game whether we did it or not. The couple of months before the World Cup, everybody wants to set a tone, not only for themselves individually but as an entire group you want to get positive results wherever you can because that always helps the atmosphere around the National Team. At the same time, we know it’s only part of preparation towards the World Cup, but when a game like Saturday’s comes along and then Ukraine in March, it gives you something to focus on and give the players the opportunity to prove where they are right now as of today.”
Date: February 1
Start Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Carson, CA
Stadium: Stub Hub Center
TV Info: ESPN 2, UniMas
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
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Tags: United States Soccer