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Report: U.S. National Team To Host Colombia on Sept 9

Jurgen Klinsmann appears to have locked in a very impressive opponent for the upcoming September friendly window: Colombia, the No. 4 team in the world.
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
July 30, 2014
3:34 PM
IT APPEARS AS THOUGH American fans will not have to wait long for the first national team home game following the World Cup.

According to a report from My San Antonio, the U.S. national team will host Colombia at the Alamodome on September 9th. This would divide the September international window between two continents for the U.S., which will also face the Czech Republic on September 3rd in Prague.

Given the nature of the friendlies, it is likely that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will use mostly European-based players for the game against the Czech Republic and an MLS-heavy roster for the game against Colombia.

Colombia, currently ranked fourth in the world, looks to be the most challenging test for the U.S. in the coming months. Led by striker James Rodriguez, the South American side advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup before being eliminated by Brazil. Rodriguez, a breakout World Cup star who recently signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid, would be a huge draw in the states—if he made the long trip from Spain and competed in the match.

Both games will offer insight into how Klinsmann plans to rebuild his team as the 2018 World Cup cycle begins. The busy schedule includes two Gold Cups (2015 and 2017), the Copa America Centenario (2016), a possible appearance in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and a potential appearance in the Confederations Cup (2017).

What do you think of this matchup? Intrigued? Like that the U.S. added a Top Ten team to its To Do list? Share your thoughts below.

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