USA manager Juergen Klinsmann has made it clear that upcoming friendlies against Scotland and Austria are deadly serious.
The US meet the Scots in Glasgow next Friday before heading to Vienna for an encounter with the Austrians on November 19 and Klinsmann insists that his squad needs to take the games seriously as they continue their preparation for next year's World Cup.
"The key message for us for the Scotland and Austria games is those are World Cup preparation games, so they are serious," he told USsoccer.com.
"We are trying to bring in the strongest group possible, so we follow all the games happening right now, if it's in Europe or especially if it's here in MLS with the playoff games.
"Mexico is getting toward the end as well, so we are all over the place to monitor all the players. The key message is really we want to prove a point in Scotland and in Austria that we are on the right path.
"We want to play good football there and show them that we come to their countries and stadiums to compete. We are excited about these opportunities because we don't have many left before training camp begins next May. Therefore, it's going to be intense."
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