The U.S. has a new head coach, but also a similar goal: beat rival Mexico.
There is no country the U.S. cares more about beating than neighboring Mexico, especially after the 4-2 loss in the Gold Cup in Pasadena, California, on June 25th. The Yanks surrendered four unanswered goals in the match, and will take the memory with them to Philadephia when the two CONCACAF powers meet in a friendly on Wednesday night.
Though Jurgen Klinsmann's debut will create additional buzz, the U.S. team still has bitter feelings about the Gold Cup loss, and will be playing with extra intensity at Lincoln Financial Field.
Klinsmann will be missing three top midfielders: Fulham star Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden of Bolton, and Rangers' defensive midfielder Maurice Edu.
Perhaps the most intriguing player on the U.S. roster is Freddy Adu. Once considered an elite world-class prospect, Adu failed to live up to high expectations on the club level, but at times has proven to be an excellent playmaker for the U.S. team.
Mexico will be without its most prominent player, Javier "El Chicharito" Hernandez. The Manchester United forward remains inactive after a concussion as the Premier League season kicks off this weekend.
In the Gold Cup, Steve Cherundolo had to be substituted out due to injury in the 11th minute, and the defense looked in disarray because of it. It will be interesting to see what adjustments Klinsmann makes to the defense this time around, and how potent the Mexican offense will be without Hernandez.
PREDICTION: Mexico showed in the Gold Cup final that they have one of their most talented teams in years. However, the U.S. will be playing with more to lose. Expect Freddy Adu and Landon Donovan to come up big, and give the U.S. plenty of chances to scores.
SCORE PREDICTION: USA 2, MEXICO 1
Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)
Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Paul Aguilar (Club America)
Efrain Juarez (Celtic)
Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls)
Hector Moreno (Espanyol)
Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL)
Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Stuttgart)
Carlos Salcido (Fulham)
Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul)
Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM)
Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur)
Andres Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña)
Antonio Naelson (Toluca)
Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul)
Jesus Zavala (Monterrey)
Omar Arellano (Chivas de Guadalajara)
Pablo Barrera (West Ham United)
Christian Bermudez (Atlante)
Oribe Peralta (Santos)
Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Tim Howard (Everton)
Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne)
Edgar Castillo (Club America)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)
Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)
Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis)
Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04)
Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Jose Torres (Pachuca)
Freddy Adu (Benfica)
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls)
DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla)
Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)