Pregame: Sounders Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans will be with the U.S. national team today for its friendly at Bosnia-Herzegovinia.
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The late-summer fixture date has once again proved a benchmark opportunity for the United States as they face 13th-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo. Kickoff at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium is set for 11:30 a.m. PT (8:30 p.m. local), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer. Both teams hold first place in their groups in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying and are gearing up for critical matches next month. This is the first meeting between the nations in official competition. The USA's roster is comprised largely of European-based players who are coming off the summer break and beginning the new league campaigns. The game also provides an opportunity to introduce new players into the Senior Team setup, as four players make their debut in an MNT camp: John Brooks, Cody Cropper, Aron Johannsson and Bobby Wood.
On Tuesday, Johannsson's application to FIFA for a change of association was approved. He is now an available option for U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's squad on Wednesday. Bosnia-Herzegovina is ranked No. 13 in the world, its best-ever ranking in its history, which is due to their impressive performance in European qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After six matches, Bosnia-Herzegovina leads Group G with five wins and a draw, and holds a three-point lead over Greece. Overall, the Dragons are on an undefeated run of nine matches. The U.S. is currently riding a record-setting 11-match winning streak that began June 2 with a 4-3 victory against then second-ranked Germany in the Centennial Celebration Match and includes three wins in World Cup Qualifying and six straight victories en route to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Klinsmann just passed the two-year anniversary of his tenure with the U.S. Men's National Team and has compiled some impressive results, including a record-tying winning percentage in 2012 (.750) and a record-setting winning streak that utilized 35 different players. The U.S. resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose (beIN SPORT and ESPN Deportes Radio, 7 p.m. PT). Four days later, a sold-out crowd will watch USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio.
TOP FIVE NOTES • Jozy Altidore has scored in his last four matches for the United States and is one of only six U.S. players to accomplish this feat, joining William Looby, Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride, Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan (twice). • Six players on the roster appeared in all three of the USA's wins in World Cup Qualifying in June: Altidore, Michael Bradley, Brad Evans, Howard, Eddie Johnson and Fabian Johnson. • A total of six players were part of the Gold Cup-winning squad: Alejandro Bedoya, Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Eddie Johnson and Michael Parkhurst. • Six players participated in the combined U-20/U-23 MNT camp in November of 2011 in Duisburg coached by Tab Ramos: Terrence Boyd, John Brooks, Corona, Cody Cropper, Diskerud and Bobby Wood. • Roma midfielder - and teammate of Michael Bradley - Miralem Pjanic is joined by Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, Hoffenheim midfielder Sejad Salihovic and the strike duo of Manchester City's Edin Dzeko and Stuttgart forward Vedad Ibisevic on Bosnia-Herzegovina's 20-player roster. Dzeko is the country's all-time leading scorer with 27 goals.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION GOALKEEPERS (3):Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton) DEFENDERS (6): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Reading) FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)