Fresh from their extraordinary last-minute 4-3 victory against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday, the U.S. men's national soccer team will hope to pull off another giant-killing when they meet Germany in Cologne on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klinsmann's side recovered from 3-1 down to beat the Dutch in their own back yard, with two late goals from Danny Williams and Bobby Wood turning the friendly on its head.
They face an even tougher challenge against the 2014 World Cup winners at the RheinEnergieStadion, but the young U.S. side will be high on confidence ahead of the clash.
Read on for a closer look at what should be an exciting encounter, as well as full scheduling and television details.
Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET/7:45 p.m. BST
TV Info: Fox Sports 1 (US), BT Sport 1 (UK)
The USMNT could barely have found two tougher European friendlies than the Netherlands and Germany as they prepare to host the summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.
However, they passed the opening test against the Dutch with aplomb and will be raring to go when they come up against the world champions.
As Klinsmann noted, per U.S. Soccer, his side will only improve by playing against the best teams in the business:
While the Amsterdam clash saw the U.S. come up against a struggling Dutch side—who have now lost five times since coming third in the World Cup last summer—Germany look to be in decent form. They have not lost in five matches, although they have been held to draws by both Australia and Republic of Ireland.
Centre-back Mats Hummels will be absent for Joachim Low's side, per Bundesliga expert Cristian Nyari, but the hosts have enough depth to field a strong team:
Germany face Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday as they continue their efforts to secure a place at the France tournament—they are currently second behind Poland in Group D.
Wednesday's clash will give Low an opportunity to prepare his side for the key qualifying encounter against a side very much on the up and eager to make their mark against Germany.
The pair met in the group stages of Brazil's 2014 World Cup, the Germans running out narrow 1-0 winners courtesy of a Thomas Muller strike. Despite the narrow scoreline, Germany dominated that clash, with the U.S. barely troubling goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 90 minutes.
However, as they proved against the Dutch, the U.S. are now a real threat going forward, and their winning goal in Amsterdam was quite remarkable, per BI Sports:
With a mixture of youth and experience, the U.S. side are now an exciting outfit and could cause some trouble for the world champions. Equally, Klinsmann will be eager to get one over on his fellow countrymen.
However, the reality is that Germany are strong favourites, given their quality across the park, and home advantage could be significant at the 50,000-capacity RheinEnergieStadion.
Both sides will be looking to put on strong performances with more important, competitive matches on the horizon, and it should be a hard-fought clash in Cologne.