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By FRANCO PANIZO
Jurgen Klinsmann looks to have lost a golden opportunity to try out some of the younger players in the U.S. Men’s National Team pipeline.
The rumored friendly between the U.S. and Colombia set to take place in San Antonio early next month will not be happening, according to a report from SI.com. Both nations who reached the knockout phase of this summer’s World Cup had agreed to a verbal deal to play in the Alamodome on Sept. 9, but Colombia reportedly did not sign the official contract by Monday’s deadline.
Klinsmann – who stated in Brazil that he planned to use the fall friendlies to look at some of the less-experienced Americans – is now unlikely to see his team play in a stateside match on that fixture date. But the U.S. is currently working towards hosting a pair of stateside friendlies during the international fixture dates that run from Oct. 6-14.
The Americans are currently set to play in their first match since finishing in the Round of 16 at the World Cup on Sept. 3. They will take on the Czech Republic in Prague that day and are also going to visit Ireland in their final friendly of the year on Nov. 18.
What do you make of this reported development? How disappointing is it to see the U.S. miss out on a chance to take on the likes of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao? Which cities would you like to see the potential October friendlies played in and against which countries?
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