After winning its second straight gold medal with a victory over Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the United States women's soccer team faces its next big test on Tuesday, when it plays a very good Germany team.
Not only will Germany present many challenges for the Americans, but not having Pia Sundhage as their manager will also be a change that the players must deal with.
However, having a veteran squad will definitely help the United States women adjust to the manager change without seeing a decline in their performance on the pitch.
Sundhage was a phenomenal coach and was admired and respected by her players. Whoever takes over for Sundhage will have to deal with high expectations, because the United States had a record of 91-6-10 under Sundhage and are still the best team in the world after another successful year.
The United States will receive a great effort from a German squad that is trying to become the best team in the world heading into the 2015 World Cup in Canada.
This is a good match for the German side to see how good they are at this stage of their preparation for the upcoming major tournaments, so the Americans will have to play very well to win this match.
Germany actually failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, so there's no question that they need a positive result from this match to earn some confidence heading into 2013.
For Germany to become a real contender in major tournaments again, they have to be able to beat teams like the United States, even in international friendlies.
Let's find out how you can watch this matchup between two of the world's elite teams.
When: Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut
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