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USA vs Guatemala takes place on Friday in a final international soccer friendly before the United States kicks off its CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign. The match will kick off at 11 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The match will see the return of Landon Donovan, who has been left out of recent squads for friendlies and World Cup qualifiers.
USA's head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to mix up his squad for the Gold Cup, and a number of the players who helped the team go undefeated in three June World Cup qualifiers have been dropped for this match, in favor of some fringe players who still have something to prove to the coach before next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Coming into this relatively low key international friendly most of the spotlight will be placed firmly on Donovan as many fans hope that he will do enough to work his way back into the first team in time for qualifiers in the fall. Donavan has been a long time fan favorite and he will have a number of supporters behind him to do well tonight.
Donovan took time out from the game and has not played for the USA team since last summer. However, he has clearly stated that he now wants to do all he can to get into next year's World Cup squad for Brazil 2014.
Donovan has said, "This team always moves forward. And if you're not on the train, you've got to find a way to get back on. That's what I'm hoping to do."
He added about his relationship with Klinsmann: "A lot of times people have relationships where on the surface everyone thinks everything is great but you don't say what you mean and what you feel. And him and I have been honest since day one. We don't always necessarily agree on things, but we're very honest with each other and we know what the other is feeling."
Meanwhile, regarding Donovan's comeback, Klinsmann has said, "There's a lot at stake. He had his break. He had his reasons for it. And we are thrilled to have him back. But now it's all about your performance. The players know this is an opportunity for every one of them to make a strong case toward Brazil 2014."
USA vs Guatemala in this international soccer friendly kicks off at 11 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.