The United States Men's National Team kicks off against Switzerland for the second game of a two-game road trip in Europe. The US lost to Denmark 3-2 in typical late fashion last week and are looking to close out their trip with a win.
There are the match details for today's game:
Match date/time: Tuesday, 12 p.m. ET
Venue: Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland
TV: Fox Sports 1 (English), UniMas (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
It's pretty simple at this point, what we'd like to see from the USMNT is something that resembles good soccer. Lining up in a flat 4-4-2 against Denmark, the US had no idea how to get the ball forward effectively. The late game collapse allowing two goals in the final ten minutes against Denmark might make it seem that the USA actually played well, leading 2-1 into the 80th minute, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The US essentially played longball, and the opening goal from Jozy Altidore was just pure will and individual effort as he fought through two defenders to take a shot on goal.
The problem with the USA is that it seems all to regularly that they don't practice their game formation during the week leading up to the games. A flat 4-4-2 is a fairly basic formation to play, and there shouldn't be any surprises in how it works from an offensive or defensive stance. Yet the US struggled mightily on both ends as the Denmark probably should have had more goals had it not been for a few timely stops from Nick Rimando.
Basically, it's probably more of the same as the Denmark game. This is a team that won't surprise you that much, the Swiss will be tactically sound, difficult to break down and opportunistic on the offensive end. The Swiss team went unbeaten (7-0-3) in UEFA World Cup qualifying in 2014 and lost in the Round of 16 and currently sit third in Group E for 2016 Euro qualifying with a 3-2 behind England and Slovena, both losses coming to each of those teams.
It's a team that's a little light on international goalkeeping experience, Yann Sommer has just 11 caps and only 1 cap between the keepers behind him, but the rest of the roster is sound. Xherdan Shaqiri is good at soccer and is the young gun in a really good crop of midfielders hitting their prime. This is a good test for the USA, just like the Denmark game, and is a good benchmark for where the USMNT sits.
We'll post the lineups in the comments section below and bring as much commentary throughout the match as we can for an odd noon kickoff on a Tuesday.