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USA vs Germany and Brazil vs England, International Friendlies: Open Thread

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Both Roy Hodgson and Jurgen Klinsmann are under pressure to make sure that their respective team produces a better performance than the one we saw mid-week against weaker opposition compared to what England and the United States will face today.

Below the equator, England plays Brazil at the first game to be played at the renovated Maracana Stadium, which will be the site for Confederations Cup games later this month as well as next year’s World Cup Final. England will be focused on producing a better performance than their flat one against Ireland on Wednesday, where they drew 1-1.

Above the equator, the United States faces a second string Germany side at RFK Stadium near Washington DC. The USMNT were thoroughly defeated 4-2 by Belgium in Cleveland on Wednesday night, so they’ll want to produce a much better performance, improve their ball possession and create more chances to score against the Germans.

For viewers in the United States, the game between USA and Germany is on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 2:30pm ET. Brazil against England, meanwhile, kicks off at 3pm ET on beIN SPORT.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation with fellow soccer fans in the comments section below.


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