Royals midfielder set for clash against World ChampionsKarlsruhe-born midfield maestro Danny Williams preparing to build on his goalscoring display against the Netherlands when his US side take on World Cup winners Germany in Cologne this evening.
Jurgen Klinsmann's men came from behind to earn a stunning 4-3 friendly win over a star-studded Holland side in Amsterdam last weekend, former Bundesliga midfielder Williams notching his first international goal for his country to draw the teams level in the 89th minute that night.
But next up is the small matter of FIFA No. 1-ranked Germany, kick-off 7.45pm, as the States prepare for a CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign later this summer.
The USA last went head-to-head with Germany in the final Group G match of last summer's World Cup Finals; Thomas Muller scored a 55th minute winner that day but both teams advanced on to the last 16.
Williams was not involved in that game, missing out on a trip to Brazil through injury, and in fact only three players in the US squad for tonight – Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, and Fabian Johnson – started in that match out in Recife.
The last time the teams met in Germany was in March 2006 in a warm-up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup - and the Germans were then coached by noneother than Klinsmann himself. Germany won 4-1 in Dortmund that day - and Joachim Low (current German boss) was Klinsmann’s assistant nine years ago!
Klinsmann has also scored a World Cup goal against the team he now manages, notching in a 2-0 win over America in June 1998 in Paris.
"There’s nothing bigger than a game against the world champions. It’s going to be the highest benchmark that we’ve experienced so far," he said ahead of tonight's game.
"And for an individual, when you score a goal this is something you carry with you for a long time. Bobby Wood, he will never forget that moment. Gyasi Zardes will never forget that moment, and Danny Williams will never forget that moment when they scored their first goals for the U.S.
"So we hope that gives them a boost in terms of confidence, but also gives them more consistency so they kind of expect from themselves to keep that level.
"They should expect from themselves to really keep up to those standards that they just experienced. This is our hope that they take all the positive momentum with them.”