The World Cup is two years away and there is no other tournament on the US men's national team calendar this year. Yet, this isn't stopping Jurgen Klinsmann from creating his own form of a tournament over the course of the next three weeks.
Klinsmann has put together a schedule that will see the Americans play five matches in 18 days. It's a brutal stretch, considering at least three of those matches are expected to be played in serious heat. It isn't too different from what the US national team could face two years from now in Brazil.
The opening match of Klinsmann's quasi-tournament takes place on Saturday in Jacksonville, against a Scotland side that should provide a good first test for a team that will also face Canada and Brazil before qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.
"We want to win the game (versus Scotland), Klinsmann said. "If you win a game against a European side, it gives you confidence. Hopefully, we can take the game forward, dictate the game,...