Unless something very surprising happens on the field, this game will mostly be remembered as Wayne Rooney’s last for England.
The Three Lions’ all-time leading scorer is getting a farewell game and the USA will provide the opposition. The decision to give Rooney another cap by way of a thank-you for his service to his national team is not without controversy, but that is an argument for England fans to enjoy.
For USMNT, a friendly against a high-profile opponent offers an opportunity for players to burnish their reputations on the international stage. The USA is still under Dave Sarachan’s interim guidance. This game will mark a full year for the head coach, whose “interim” tag seems increasingly unreasonable: he’s not expected to be head coach for much longer, but he’s been keeping the men’s national team program running for 12 months and history should perhaps acknowledge his contribution to USMNT as more than just a stand-in appointment to the US Soccer’s top coaching job. But that is an argument for USMNT fans to enjoy.
For New York Red Bulls fans, this game is a chance to see Tyler Adams and Aaron Long perform against one of the better teams in the international game at the moment. Adams is perhaps more likely to see the field than Long, but Long impressed in his USMNT debut earlier this year and hopefully hasn’t been asked to travel with the national team to Europe just to watch from the bench.
Former RBNY player Matt Miazga is also in the squad, and a more likely starter at center-back than Aaron Long. Rounding out the Red Bull connection in the USA squad is PSG’s Tim Weah, who was briefly attached to the RBNY Academy before taking his career to Europe.
Per livesoccertv.com, here’s where to find the game if watching from the USA: