By Gerry Wittmann: Great news for North American fans of the German National Team…..Joachim “Jogi” Löw‘s senior men’s national team will be playing two international friendlies in the U.S. in 2013 after the final matchday of the Bundesliga season (May 18th), including a match on June 2nd in Washington, DC at DC United’s RFK stadium against Jürgen Klinsmann’s United States Men’s National Team as US Soccer celebrates its 100th anniversary. Germany will also play Ecuador on May 29th at GEO Group stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. Both matches will be scheduled for 2:30 PM ETD.
Klinsmann and Löw Reunion
The friendly matchup in Washington, DC will be a reunion for Löw and Klinsmann. Löw was an assistant from 2004-2006 to Klinsmann when the former striker coached the German national team, whose success culminated in a third-place finish atthe 2006 FIFA World Cup. The former assistant was named the German senior team head coach when Klinsmann resigned from the position in July, 2006.
The announcement of the German national team friendlies played in the United States adds to an already highly anticipated schedule for Germany, which is also scheduled to play Brazil on August 14. The German side will also have two World Cup qualifying matches in March against Kazakhstan as well as WC qualifiers in September against Austria and the Faroe Islands in September and October qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden. There is also discussion of a friendly matches against England and/or Italy underway for the Germans. Klinsmann’s U.S. side will use the Germany friendly as a tuneup for World Cup qualifiers away in Jamaica on June 7 and at home against Panama four days later.
Selection Dilemma and Familiar Faces
The logistics of the US trip could see a makeshift roster for Löw. Although the Bundesliga season ends on the weekend of May 18, Real Madrid German internationals Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil will still be involved in domestic league play while Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, as well as Lazio’s Miroslav Klose, will unlikely be available for national team duty because of shutdown regulations. With the Champions League final scheduled for May 25 in London, as well as the DFB Pokal final scheduled for June 1 in Berlin, Low could possibly be missing a significant portion of his regular national team roster. Germany’s U-21s meanwhile will be preparing for the U-21 European Championship in Isreal mid June.
Klinsmann’s national team roster includes players such as Steve Cherundolo, Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams, Fabian Johnson and Timothy Chandler, all of whom play for Bundesliga clubs, although the Americans will most likely see a German team missing many key players.
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