USA will play Nigeria on Saturday in their final warm-up friendly before the World Cup 2014 tournament commences next week in Brazil. Team USA have been slowly ramping up their preparations for this year's World Cup but they should be able to see just how close they are to the final product today, as Nigeria will provide a stern test, and are also finalizing their own preparations for the World Cup. Today's game has a start time of 6 p.m. ET and will take place from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The game can be watched on TV on the ESPN network or online through free live stream (details below).
Today's game against Nigeria will be Jurgen Klinsmann's team's toughest test so far in their preparations, and should be the perfect warm up for their opening game against Ghana.
Nigeria are one of Africa's soccer powerhouses, although they have often underachieved on the wider international stage. They will have something to prove to the world at this year's World Cup in Brazil, and they will mean business today against the United States.
Recently Nigeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations title, put on a good display at the Confederations Cup, and qualified with ease for Brazil 2014.
Nigeria have a powerful midfield and some strong players up front in attack, and they should be able to provide a serious test of any team's defense.
Klinsmann is likely to field at some point most of his World Cup starting 11 today as the team prepares for their opening clash.
The United States must hit the ground running once the World Cup starts. They have an extremely difficult group with Ghana, Portugal and Germany alongside them. They have arguably their easiest game of the group up first when they pay Ghana, which makes it a must win game if they are to stand a chance of qualifying for the knock out rounds.
If the United States can win against Ghana, and then find a way not to lose against both Portugal and Germany, they could stand a good chance of emerging from the group. However, Germany are one of the favorites for the World Cup, and Portugal have some of the most exciting attacking talent in the world in their squad, including Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo.
USA will play Nigeria on Saturday with a start time of 6 p.m. ET. The game can be watched on TV on the ESPN network or online through free live stream by clicking here.