Czech Republic to host United States in September friendly
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring his team to the Czech Republic in September after U.S. Soccer confirmed it has scheduled a friendly between the two countries.
The two teams will meet in Prague on Sept. 3 to help the Czechs prepare for the start of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign six days later against the Netherlands, according to a release issued by U.S. Soccer on Monday night.
"While we are focused on preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we must always look ahead and therefore we are thrilled to get this match against the Czech Republic," Klinsmann said in a release. "Historically, they have a very good team, and they are going to be preparing for a huge challenge against the Netherlands in their opening game of qualifying for the European Championships, so we expect this to be a tough match and another good benchmark for our team."
The Czechs have won all three previous meetings between the two countries, including a 3-0 victory during the group stage of the 2006 World Cup.
Czech Republic manager Pavel Vrba noted he selected the Americans to prepare for the Dutch because Klinsmann has adopted an ambitious approach since taking charge of the side.
‘We will be tested by an offensive opponent who wants to attack," Vrba said, according to the Associated Press. "We expect from them a similar style as the Netherlands.”
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.