"While we are focused on preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we must always look ahead and therefore we are thrilled to get this match against the Czech Republic," USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "Historically, they have a very good team, and they are going to be preparing for a huge challenge against the Netherlands in their opening game of qualifying for the European Championships, so we expect this to be a tough match and another good benchmark for our team."
The game falls in one of the new FIFA official release windows on the international calendar. With UEFA moving to multiple matchdays in the same week rather than scheduling international games on Fridays and Tuesdays, FIFA adjusted the calendar. That also meant removing the unpopular August international date. For the Czech Republic, the game against the USMNT is a warm-up for their EURO 2016 qualifier against Holland on Sept 9.
Over three previous games, the USMNT is 0-3-0 against the Czech Republic dating back to their first meeting in the group stage of the 1990 World Cup. Czechoslovakia beat the USMNT 5-1 in Florence, Italy. They next met in the 2006 World Cup group stage with the Czech Republic winning 3-0 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Their last meeting was a 4-2 Czech Republic win on May 25, 2010 in East Hartford, CT. For FIFA purposes, the Czech Republic and Slovakia both recognize the competitive record of Czechoslovakia.