Jürgen Klinsmann hopes to gain more from the World Cup momentum by building on the success his team got after managing to go through the next stage from the group of death, which included the future World Cup Champions Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Now they have lined up a friendly match against the Czech Republic where Klinsmann will test the youngsters as the hosts get ready for the Euro 2016 qualifications.
The Czech Republic did not qualify for Brazil, and with the fact that their main stars might soon retire, Vrba is looking forward to inject some youth in his team’s play to ease the further transition and be fully ready for their opening qualification match against the Netherlands. Their group isn’t an easy one as they have to take on Turkey and Iceland for a ticket to France. Even if the match sounds to be pretty even on quality, the Czechs might have the advantage if only due to the fact that Klinsmann is starting to test his squad for Russia 2018.
Landon Donovan will get his final call up to the squad, but not against the Czechs, but against Ecuador, to offer the USA legend a chance to retire in front of their own supporters, even if he gets to play only from 10 to 30 minutes. Klinsmann has called up many new faces, yet everyone is interested in Julian Green, Bayern Munich’s player recently loaned to Hamburger SV so he can get some playing time. Even though this match might not be as important, Klinsmann intends to prove the Americans that “soccer” as they call it, is more than World Cup matches.
Ladbrokes favors the hosts to win this match, mainly because they need this win for a moral boost, and gives them 1.95 odds for an outright win, USA gets 3.90, and a draw is at 3.20. Both teams to score and Czech Republic to win is at 4.33, same market for USA is at 8.00, and we’re betting 8 units on over 2.5 goals at 2.15 with the same bookie.