The U.S. men's national team heads to next month's Confederations Cup playoff showdown vs. Mexico on shaky ground after a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Brazil.
Or does it? How much of an indicator of future success or failure have friendlies actually been during the Jurgen Klinsmann era? This question is at the heart of the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast discussion between SI's Avi Creditor, Grant Wahl and Brian Straus.
Before we delve into that and Klinsmann's choices vs. Peru and Brazil, though, we had the pleasure of being joined by U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was reduced to a back-up role in his first games back from a one-year international hiatus. He speaks to Wahl about his current U.S. status, Everton's season and his plans to play until the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup before moving on from the game.
We close with personal reflections and experiences of the Superclásico ahead of the latest installment of Boca Juniors vs. River Plate in Argentina. One of the world's most storied rivalries took a nasty turn in May, but the two foes renew acquaintances at La Monumental on Sunday, with the title race in the balance.
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