In the first of three matches before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States travel to Europe to take on the powerful Dutch National Team. The match looks to be a daunting challenge with the USMNT missing Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Clint Dempsey, Alejandro Bedoya, Jozy Altidore, and Omar Gonzalez. Jermaine Jones was also recently scratched from the roster with an injury.
The potential starting lineup remains a mystery outside of stalwarts Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley, but it should include World Cup veterans like Deandre Yedlin and John Anthony Brooks.
Jordan Morris, fresh from the Toulon Tournament with the U23 National Team in France, has been added to the roster. He is currently a student at Stanford but has reportedly received an official contract offer from the Seattle Sounders.
The United States have never beaten the Dutch, having lost four matches, but manager Jurgen Klinsmann has pulled off big friendly results before. However, he is obviously looking ahead of this friendly (and the upcoming one against Germany on June 10th) to the Gold Cup. The USMNT are in Group A with Panama, Haiti, and Honduras. If they manage to win the Gold Cup, they qualify directly for the Confederations Cup. If another country wins, then there will be a single match playoff to determine who will advance to the Confederations Cup.
The Netherlands, currently ranked 6th by FIFA, are led by manager Guus Hiddink, assistant coaches Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy, and captain Robin van Persie. They have a Euro 2016 qualifier next week against Latvia. The Netherlands are in Group A for Euro qualifying which also features the Czech Republic, Iceland, Turkey, Latvia, and Kazakhstan.
Lineup prediction: Guzan; Yedlin, Brooks, Alvarado, Johnson; Beckerman, Bradley, Shea, Diskerud, Zardes; Johannsson
WHO United States vs Netherlands
WHEN Friday, June 5, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TV ESPN, UniMas
ONLINE STREAMING WatchESPN, Univision Deportes
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading)
GOALKEEPERS: Jasper Cillessen (FC Groningen); Tim Krul (Newcastle United); Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord)
DEFENDERS: Jeffrey Bruma (PSV); Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord); Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United); Bruno Martins Indi (FC Porto); Karim Rekik (PSV); Joël Veltman (Ajax); Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa); Stefan de Vrij (Lazio); Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain); Jetro Willems (PSV)
MIDFIELDERS: Daley Blind (Manchester United); Tjaronn Chery (FC Groningen); Quincy Promes (Spartak Moskou); Davy Pröpper (Vitesse); Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray); Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)
FORWARDS: Steven Berghus (AZ Alkmaar); Memphis Depay (PSV); Bas Dost (Wolfsburg); Klass Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04); Luuk de Jong (PSV); Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev); Luciano Narsingh (PSV); Robin van Persie (Manchester United)