Czech Republic vs. USA: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Czech Republic vs. USA: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Jurgen Klinsmann's USA team return to action two months on from their 2014 World Cup exit for a friendly match against Czech Republic in Prague on Wednesday.

The USA impressed greatly at the Brazil tournament—the Czech side were not involved having failed to qualify—but will field a new-look team at the Generali Arena.

Meanwhile, the hosts will be looking for a confidence-building display ahead of their opening qualifier for Euro 2016 against the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Read on for a full preview of the friendly encounter as well as scheduling, live streaming and television information.

 

Date: Wednesday, September 3

Time: 7.15 p.m. BST/2:15 p.m. ET

TV Info: NBCSN (US only)

Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra (US only)

 

New Cycle

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Many of Klinsmann's men who performed such heroics in South America over the summer have not been included in the 22-man squad for Wednesday's game. 

The German coach is clearly looking to the future as he prepares, even now, for the next World Cup in Russia in 2018.

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Hence the inclusion of so many young players in the squad, including the likes of Fulham's Emerson Hyndman, Southampton's Cody Cropper and Stanford college student Jordan Morris.

Klinsmann was quick to highlight the fact that the Prague match signals the start of a new four-year cycle up to 2018, and thus he is preparing for the future, per US Soccer:

When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players and young players breaking in as possible. Obviously you always respect your established players and you always want to give them the space to continue their good work, but you also want to use that opportunity going forward to introduce young blood into the program, give them time on the training field, and you also want to give them time in a real game and prove a point.

One notable absentee, of course, is Tim Howard, whose immense performance as USA were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium made headlines across the world.

He announced last month that he was taking some time off from international duty and thus Aston Villa's Brad Guzan looks set to take the No. 1 shirt for now:

The USA side will be something of an unknown quantity in Wednesday's matchup with Klinsmann likely to chop and change during the game to give as many players as possible a run-out.

However, they look set to pose a significant threat to the hosts as they aim to build on the momentum created from their phenomenal showing in Brazil. 

 

Vrba Looking for First Win

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Pavel Vrba took charge of the Czech national team in November 2013 after a spell at Viktoria Plzen but has failed to register a victory yet in three matches.

Although his side have scored five times on those occasions, they have only managed draws with Finland and Norway, and a loss to Austria.

A win over the USA would be a huge boost ahead of the crucial qualifier against the Dutch, who finished third in Brazil.

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Premier League stars Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky will likely be influential in the outcome of Wednesday's encounter after both being included in Vrba's squad.

Interestingly, there is only one striker in the Czech squad—Watford's Matej Vydra—which could prove problematic on the goalscoring front.

However, the 22-year-old has found the back of the net twice in the Czech Republic's last three games and will be relied upon to lead the line against the USA.

It is likely to be an encounter with goals from both sides considering the recent form of the respective outfits and will be an ideal preparatory occasion for both managers.

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