The United States under-23 National Team is in Recife, Brazil tonight for the first of two friendlies with the Brazil U-23 team. Andi Herzog's side is looking to get the bad taste out of their mouths after losing to Honduras in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
That particular loss is the sole reason the U.S. will have to play a home-and-away two-legged playoff against Colombia in March for one of the few remaining spots in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Two of the squad's biggest stars will be missing from these two November friendlies as Jurgen Klinsmann called up Jordan Morris and Matt Miazga to the senior team for the beginning of World Cup qualifying. I suppose that's a good sign for the U-23 team that two different players were deemed good enough to be selected for those important matches.
USA U-23 lineup vs Brazil: Horton; Okwuonu, Carter-Vickers, Brooks (capt), Miller; Alashe, Polster; Kiesewetter, Zelalem, Green; Shelton— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) November 11, 2015
Herzog names a very interesting starting XI that I'm quite certain has never played together before. The two latest 'next big things' Julian Green and Gedion Zelalem start in the midfield alongside one another.
Two of the brightest young centerbacks in the player pool John Brooks and Cameron Carter-Vickers are lined up in front of Charlie Horton to anchor the defense. Khiry Shelton is a questionable starter in the target striker role. We'll see how it plays out.
How to Watch
Who: United States U-23's vs. Brazil U-23's
Where: Ilha do Retiro Stadium; Recife, Brazil
When: Wednesday, November 11, 6 p.m. ET
How: Fox Sports 1