The United States men's national team welcome New Zealand to the RFK Stadium in the capital city on Tuesday night, as the Stars and Stripes prepare for 2018 World Cup qualification.
It is only the third occasion America has met the five-time Oceania Football Association champions, with the U.S. readying themselves for upcoming Hexagonal action.
Manager Jurgen Klinsmann will have the opportunity to experiment in the game against the Kiwis and might ring the changes as he bloods young talent, including expectant debutant Lynden Gooch.
Here is how you can watch the friendly encounter:
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11
Time: 8 p.m. ET/1 a.m. BST (Wednesday)
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
TV Info: ESPN (U.S.)
The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium hosts the visit of one of world football's less known sides, but New Zealand are the perfect team to warm up the United States as they aim to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Hexagonal opens next month, and Klinsmann needs to find the burgeoning talent that can take his side to the next level.
USMNT have had consistent success at the home of D.C. United and rarely lose a game at the famous arena.
The two nations have previously battled in group stage of the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico, where the Americans snatched a 2-1 win with efforts from Brian McBride and Jovan Kirovski.
The United States showed good form on a very poor surface in their last fixture—a politically historic match in Cuba—grinding out a 2-0 victory.
Several members of the All Whites current side play their club football in North America, including San Jose Earthquakes defender Kip Colvey, Vancover-based Whitecaps 2 player Deklan Wynne, while Sam Brotherton is at the University of Wisconsin.
Forward Terrence Boyd is back in the America squad after a sustained absence, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic returning to Germany, according to Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated. Klinsmann explained why he has revamped his squad ahead of the match in Washington:
These friendly games are about getting our group ready for Mexico and Costa Rica. For the guys coming in, it’s a chance to prove their point. We sent some of our European-based guys back to make sure they stay in a rhythm for the next few weeks, and with [Jordan] Morris and Wondolowski they have a chance to extend their [MLS] seasons. When it comes to roster spots for November, the fight is on.
Sunderland forward Gooch is ready to make his debut for the United States, after choosing to represent the nation ahead of England and the Republic of Ireland—both of whom he is eligible to play for. According to Doug McIntyre of ESPN FC, the 20-year-old said: "I just want to play in this friendly and I want to play next month in the qualifiers, hopefully, if I do well. I'm committed to playing for this team. That's why am here."
The versatile player—who is comfortable in midfield and attack—has featured five times in the Premier League this term for the Black Cats, per WhoScored.com, as he makes his breakthrough in one of the biggest competitions in global club football.
The United States laboured in their friendly against Cuba, but the condition of the pitch did not encourage a high quality of technical football.
The surface at the RFK will allow the Americans to relax and play an improved brand, as they blood the next generation of talent.
Gooch could become a very important member of the national side over the coming years, and his potential is enormous considering he is already starting games in England's top division.
The Californian can become an American hero after spurning the opportunity to feature for the Three Lions in future.
(All stats via MLSSoccer.com)