In front of 48,000 fans in Washington, the US football association celebrated their 100 year anniversary with a friendly against Germany. After 90 minutes of spectacular football, the hosts ran out 4-3 winners in a game where Fabian Johnson was withdrawn after 45 minutes due to a thigh injury. His inclusion against Jamaica on Friday's World Cup qualifier is now in doubt.”¨”¨
Daniel Williams, who has recently had to battle with an ankle injury at Hoffenheim, wasn't involved against Joachim Löw's eleven in the capital. For both of Hoffenheim's USA lads, the next few weeks are important. After the game against Jamaica, there are two more World Cup qualifiers on the cards in the form of Panama on June 11th and Honduras on June 18th.
No joy for Casteels
Things didn't go to plan for Hoffenheim goalkeeper Koen Casteels in an U21 international tournament in Toulon. Having missed his side's opening game against Brazil due to relegation survival celebrations with Hoffenheim, he returned to lose 2-0 to Portugal on Friday. On Sunday evening, his side drew 1-1 with Nigeria.”¨”¨
In both encounters, Casteels was in the man between the posts for the 90 minutes. After the Portugal game, he said: “We didn't play badly but in a game against a strong team like Portugal, it is the little things that decide the outcome.”
The game against Nigeria was seen more critically by manager Johan Walem: “We had the chance to win the game but we didn't convert enough opportunities and some of the players struggled to implement their skills.”
achtzehn99.de will keep you informed over the coming weeks about the international appearances of the club's players