The United States men's national team will look to keep its four-match unbeaten streak intact on Tuesday when it travels to Vienna to take on Austria in an international friendly.
Jurgen Klinsmann's squad had its three-match winning streak snapped in Scotland on Friday after a 0-0 draw, but the team can close out 2013 on a high note with a win over Austria.
Meanwhile, Marcel Koller's squad is still dealing with the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup. Austria finished third in its UEFA qualifying group, three points back of Sweden, who earned a playoff with Portugal.
With Brazil months away for the USMNT and Euro 2016 years off for Austria, both teams will be focused on concluding the year with one last positive result.
With kickoff fast approaching, here is where we'll get you up to speed with everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday's clash.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
Start Time: 2 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. GMT
Where: Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna, Austria
Watch: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Top Storyline: U.S. Aims to Earn Win No. 16 in 18 Games
The Americans enter Tuesday's friendly with a wealth of confidence and momentum, and for obvious reason. The U.S. is 15-1-1 over its last 17 matches and has gone 3-0-1 in friendly matchups over that time.
Following Friday's draw with Scotland, goalkeeper Tim Howard discussed the team's recent success and the impact another strong defensive effort can have moving forward, per Goal.com's Harry West:
Defensively, you always want to build on good results, good performances and a clean sheet.
That's what you need to feel good about yourself. I believe if you draw a game and win the next one it becomes a really good week.
We're going to Austria, another tough game away from home. If we can get the victory and end on a high, everybody's going to feel really good.
Howard made a pair of saves against Scotland and hasn't conceded a single goal over his past three outings with the national team. What's more, he has recorded six clean sheets in 11 Premier League appearances with Everton at the club level.
It's safe to say that a 16-1-1 finish to the year for the Stars and Stripes will hinge on Howard's play in between the posts on Tuesday.
Which side will prevail?
While Austria will have the advantage of playing at home on Tuesday, the U.S is unlikely to be fazed, having just played in Scotland's Hampden Park last week.
The Americans also have a hot goalkeeper on their side. Howard's strong play has given the defense in front of him more room for error. Meanwhile, Klinsmann's side boasts two dangerous attacking players in the final third with Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson.
Altidore has scored four goals in four friendly starts this year and will be looking to make up for an underwhelming performance in Glasgow.
Therefore, expect another low-scoring game with the U.S. coming out on top.
United States 1, Austria 0
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