USMNT head coach Jürgen Klinsmann is determined to make a winning start to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying when his Stars and Stripes take on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Friday (kick-off 23:30GMT/ 00:30CET+1).
The 51-year-old, who won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990 before overseeing Die Mannschaft’s third-place finish at the finals on home soil in 2006, is expected to use Borussia Mönchengladbach wide man Fabian Johnson and 1. FC Union Berlin striker Bobby Wood in some capacity.
JK: “We’re ready to get started for a marathon, a full 16 games that will hopefully get us to the World Cup in Russia.” #USMNT— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 12, 2015
Johnson has made eight Bundesliga appearances so far in 2015/16, scoring in Gladbach's first win of the season against FC Augsburg on Matchday 6 and chipping in with an assist in another resounding victory over Hertha Berlin on Matchday 11. The 27-year-old, who has 40 senior international caps for the USMNT, was also on the scoresheet in the Foals' 1-1 draw with Italian champions Juventus in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Wood has registered five goals and two assists in 14 Bundesliga 2 outings since moving to the German capital from TSV 1860 Munich in June. The 22-year-old striker made his international debut in August 2013 and has featured 11 times since, scoring three goals - including one each in the USMNT’s summer friendly wins over World champions Germany and the Netherlands.
- Trinidad & Tobago and Guatemala complete Group 3.
- Busch Stadium is best known for the Major League Baseball team that plays there, the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' record against non-Caribbean countries reads: W1, D1, L23.