Jurgen Klinsmann has talked before about the United States playing Germany in a friendly. Well, it is finally going to happen, with the German FA confirming that the two countries will play a friendly in the U.S. this summer. The match will be a warm up for the U.S., which has World Cup qualifiers on June 7, 11 and 18. No venue has been announced or even speculated yet.
Germany will play two friendlies in the U.S., one on May 29 and another on June 2. One of them will be against the U.S. and the other will be against an unannounced opponent, rumored to be Mexico. If it is against Mexico, the Americans will almost certainly take on the Germans on June 2. Mexico has a World Cup qualifier on June 4, a match that was moved up so they could compete in the Confederations Cup, making June 2 an unplayable date for them.
There will be plenty of storylines when these teams meet this summer. Jurgen Klinsmann will be managing against his home country, for which he starred and then managed to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup, not long after the former DFB president revealed the federation had plans to fire him in the middle of the World Cup if things started poorly. Fabian Johnson, Timothy Chandler, Terrence Boyd, Jermaine Jones and Danny Williams will have the chance to go up against the country of their birth.
The U.S. and Germany last met in 2006, when a Klinsmann-led Germany came away 4-1 winners in snowy Poland. That match wasn't exactly fair, though, as the two teams met on a non-FIFA date, which limited the players the Americans could call in, while the Bundesliga released all of the German players.
Unfortunately, this match will also bring up highlights of the 2002 World Cup. God damn Torsten Frings and Hugh Dallas.