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Klinsmann intent on continuing rapid USA improvement

USA boss Juergen Klinsmann says his main goal for the two upcoming friendlies is to continue the progress his team has made in 2014.

The US meet Colombia at London's Craven Cottage on Friday before taking on the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next week and Klinsmann only wants to build on what his team achieved at the World Cup when making it to the Round of 16 in a group consisting of champions Germany as well as Portugal and Ghana.

Klinsmann also felt it was important to perform well at the home of Fulham which has been home to a number of successful US players in the past including Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride.

"We are thrilled to be playing in such a historic stadium with the great tradition of Craven Cottage," he told ussoccer.com.

"Fulham has had more US internationals on the squad than any other club in Europe, so there is a very special connection. We hope that it becomes our home away from home tonight."

Klinsmann added: "We think it's an important experience for our players, particularly the youngsters in the group. To play against a team like Colombia who is ranked No. 3 in the world and has such amazing players is a real benchmark for us.

"We have heard from so many people around the world how impressed they were with our team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We are proud of what we have accomplished, but for us it is only an incentive to continue to improve."

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