The United States kicks off later today against Denmark in the second international window of 2015. The USA have split their opening two games of the calender year with a loss at Chile and a win against Panama in Carson, CA.
But today's match against Denmark will feature more of the European based players though a few MLS and LigaMX regulars are in the mix as well. It's rather balanced roster of veterans and youth and there's certainly playing time available for the kids to make their mark.
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 3:15 p.m. ET, 8:15 p.m. local
Venue: NRGi Park, Aarhus, Denmark
TV: ESPN (U.S. - English), UniMás (U.S. - Spanish), Kanal 5 (Denmark)
Online: WatchESPN, Univision Deportes En Vivo (U.S)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
There are a few notable absences for the US here. First, keeper Brad Guzan and his wife are expecting their first child so he's been omitted (congratulations to Brad and his growing family) which paves the way for not only Cody Cropper to make the roster but also Will Yarbrough, a dual national whose parents are American but have lived in Mexico since the 1980s. With the injuries and struggles for Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson respectfully in MLS, that's opened a pretty big door for either youngster to get a second look ahead of the summer's Gold Cup.
Also, Geoff Cameron was not selected but for tactical reasons, as Klinsmann wants an longer look at a few other defenders. That means veterans Tim Ream and Michael Orozco are back along with youngsters Brooks and Ventura Alvarado, another dual national. Clint Dempsey was also a late scratch with a hamstring injury and has already returned to Seattle and will not be replaced on the roster.
PROJECTED USA LINEUP (4-2-3-1)
Rimando; F. Johnson, Brooks, Ream, Chandler; Bradley, Williams; Green, Bedoya, Zardes; Altidore
I honestly don't expect Fabian Johnson and Chandler to be the starting fullbacks, but I'm actually trying to win this game. Late red card last week aside, Danny Williams has been really solid for Reading in the center of the midfield and Bradley still is looking for that true partner to sit next to him. Bedoya's done some decent work in the #10 role for Nantes and it's take your pick for the kids running the flanks so Green and Zardes will support Alitdore.
Nicklas Bendtner pretty much just scores for Denmark and there's not much experience behind up for the Danes up front. Christian Eriksen is in stellar form with Spurs in the EPL at it's a very patient yet potent attack, take Neil Blackmon's word in his Yanks Are Coming preview. The biggest news for the Danes has come off the field, as the players union and federation agreed to a new CBA-like contract regarding compensation for the national team. They sit in first place in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, but are just one point ahead of Portugal who have a game in had and have already beaten the Danes 1-0 at Denmark.
This post will double as our live thread so check back around 3:00pm EST as we'll have lineups and other team news updated in the comments section below as well as commentary and reaction throughout the game.Your one stop for everything about today's international friendly as the USA goes hits the road for the first of two matches against European competition.