The United States is set to take on the Czech Republic in their first post-World Cup match today, but it is hardly the Americans' best team. Jurgen Klinsmann opted to call in just one play from MLS -- goalkeeper Nick Rimando -- and with so many of the team's best players now playing in MLS, that means a very short-handed team. So the name of the game today is youth.
Six players on the U.S. team have never been capped. More than half of the squad is under 24 years old. Klinsmann is taking the opportunity to get a look at the kids, and he has taken it to an extreme.
The starting lineup is actually about as experienced as Klinsmann could have gone with, though. None of the uncapped players are starting, with Julian Green the youngest starter and, of course, he played in the World Cup. The only other relatively untested player is Joe Gyau, who will start opposite Green on the right wing.
Klinsmann has Brad Guzan in goal as the U.S. begins their year without Tim Howard, but Rimando is expected to play the second half. The U.S. will also employ inverted fullbacks and no midfielders who are really defensive players, but this is a meaningless friendly that exists just for Klinsmann to get a look at players so who cares.
United States: Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson, Michael Orozco, John Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Alejandro Bedoya, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Joe Gyau, Jozy Altidore, Julian Green.
Czech Republic: Petr Cech, Pavel Kaderabek, Vaclav Prochaszka, Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky, Vladimir Darida, Petr Jiracek, Tomas Rosicky, Vaclav Pilar, Ladislav Krejci; Matej Vydra.
The match kicks off at 2:15 p.m. from Generali Arena in Prague. It will be televised on NBCSN, as well as on UniMas in Spanish. You can also stream the match on NBC Live Extra.