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Great news for North Amer­i­can fans of the Ger­man Na­tional Team…..Joachim “Jogi” Löw‘s se­nior men’s na­tional team will be play­ing two in­ter­na­tional friendlies in the U.S. in 2013 af­ter the fi­nal match­day of the Bun­desliga sea­son (May 18th), in­clud­ing a match on June 2nd in Washington, DC against Jür­gen Klins­mann’s United States Men’s Na­tional Team as US Soc­cer cel­e­brates its 100th an­niver­sary. The Ger­mans will also play on May 29th, at an as of yet un­de­ter­mined venue (ei­ther in New York City, Bos­ton or Mi­ami) against a yet un­named op­po­nent.

Klins­mann and Löw Re­u­nion

The friendly matchup in Washington, DC will be a re­u­nion for Löw and Klins­mann. Löw was an as­sis­tant from 2004-2006 to Klins­mann when the former striker coached the Ger­man na­tional team, whose success cul­mi­nated in a third-place fin­ish atthe 2006 FIFA World Cup. The former as­sis­tant was named the Ger­man se­nior team head coach when Klins­mann re­signed from the po­si­tion in July, 2006.

The an­nounce­ment of the Ger­man na­tional team friendlies played in the United States adds to an al­ready highly an­tic­i­pated sched­ule for Ger­many, which is sched­uled to play France on Fe­bru­ary 6 and Brazil on Au­gust 14. The Ger­man side will also have two World Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches in March against Kaza­khstan as well as WC qual­i­fiers in Septem­ber against Aus­tria and the Faroe Is­lands in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber qual­i­fiers against Ire­land and Swe­den. There is also dis­cus­sion of a friendly matches against Eng­land and/or Italy un­der­way for the Ger­mans. Klins­mann’s U.S. side will use the Ger­many friendly as a tuneup for World Cup qual­i­fiers away in Ja­maica on June 7 and at home against Panama four days later.

Se­lec­tion Dilemma and Fa­mil­iar Faces

The lo­gis­tics of the US trip could see a makeshift ros­ter for Löw. Although the Bun­desliga sea­son ends on the week­end of May 18, Real Madrid Ger­man in­ter­na­tion­als Sami Khedira and Me­sut Özil will still be in­volved in domestic league play while Ar­se­nal’s Lukas Podol­ski and Per Merte­sacker, as well as Lazio’s Miroslav Klose, will un­likely be avail­able for na­tional team duty be­cause of shut­down reg­u­la­tions. With the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal sched­uled for May 25 in Lon­don, as well as the DFB Pokal fi­nal sched­uled for June 1 in Berlin, Low could pos­si­bly be miss­ing a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of his reg­u­lar na­tional team ros­ter. Ger­many’s U-21s mean­while will be pre­par­ing for the U-21 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in Is­real mid June. Klins­mann’s na­tional team ros­ter in­cludes play­ers such as Steve Cherun­dolo, Jer­maine Jones, Danny Wil­liams, Fabian John­son and Ti­mothy Chan­dler, all of whom play for Bun­desliga clubs, although the Amer­i­cans will most likely see a Ger­man team miss­ing many key play­ers.

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