USA vs. Germany: Jogi Low bringing C-team for U.S. Soccer's 100th anniversary

Alexander Hassenstein

The US Men's National team will be facing Germany at RFK Stadium on June 2, but it's definitely not the Germany team that you wanted to face.

The US Men's National Team faces Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on June 2 in a match to commemorate the US Soccer Federation's 100th Anniversary. The match is the second of a mini-tour that the German national side is embarking on in the United States. Four days earlier, the Germans will face Ecuador in Boca Raton, Florida.

Unfortunately for those expecting to see Germany's star players on this trip, they won't be in attendance. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will be participating in the Champions League Final on May 25 (Bayern also have the DFB Pokal Final on June 1.), so their players will be unavailable for selection. What else will keep players out? La Liga doesn't end until June 1, Germany's participation in the U-21 Championships in Israel this summer, and various injuries.

Look at all the players that are either guaranteed to be missing out of Löw's team:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Roman Weidenfeller

Defenders: Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Marcel Schmelzer

Midfielders: Sven Bender, Mario Götze, Kevin Großkreutz, İlkay Gündoğan, Lewis Holtby, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Forwards: Mario Gomez, Patrick Herrmann, Stefan Kießling, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus

So, I know you're sitting there and thinking, "Uh, who exactly are they bringing?". I was thinking the same thing and putting together a list in my head. Thankfully, Bild and Kicker did it for us:

Goalkeepers: Rene Adler, Ron-Robert Zieler

Defenders: Dennis Aogo, Andreas Beck, Benedikt Höwedes, Per Mertesacker, Heiko Westermann, Philipp Wollscheid

Midfielders: Lars Bender, Julian Draxler, Aaron Hunt, Marcell Jansen, Nicolai Müller, Roman Neustädter, Sidney Sam

Forwards: Alexander Meier, Andre Schürrle

If I were to guess at a lineup from this squad, it might look something like the following:

football formations

What does this tell us? It tells us that Jurgen Klinsmann's squad, which should be the USA's best team, will win this match and probably win it comfortably. Duh! This is a German C-team at best. Right? Can we at least expect Klinsmann's team to look competent in the offensive aspects of the game? Hopefully.

The DFB will officially release the German squad on Thursday, and even if the leaked squad isn't completely accurate, you can expect something very similar.

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