USMNT: Spain Headlines “Road To Brazil” International Series
Time has seemed to slow down as the soccer fans in the US eagerly await the first kick of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Thankfully, MLS has announced today that there will be a “Road to Brazil” International tune-up series for the US Men’s National team.
The tournament will run from May 27 to June 10, with the opening games of the World Cup scheduled to start on June 12.
With this announcement, Coach Jurgen Klinsmann will get one final look at the squad he will be taking down to Brazil. It will be helpful in several ways for the players, because out of the eight teams coming, six of them will be in the World Cup.
One of the headliner names for the tournament is the 2010 World Cup champions, Spain. The seven other teams participating are Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Greece, Honduras, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
What is nice about this grouping of teams is that the US will get experience playing against many of the similar styles that will be coming at them in group play. Spain will test every single ounce of talent the US has on both offense and defense, while both Nigeria and Bosnia will come after the back four of the US like a bad habit.
Let us not forget though, that El Salvador and Honduras are very familiar with playing on American soil, so both teams could pull out all the stops to grab bragging rights before the next World Cup qualifying process begins.
This tune-up tournament will take a toll on the players before starting World Cup play, but the experience gained will be tremendous and could be the x-factor the US needs to help propel them through the group of death once in Brazil.