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International friendlies preview: USMNT/Denmark headline; Scotland, Germany in action

Germany Soccer Training

Holger Badstuber, left, kicks the ball next to German head coach Joachim Loew during a training session of the German national soccer team in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Germany will play against Australia in a friendly soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)


Wednesday isn’t a busy day for international play, with the Euro qualifiers not kicking off until Friday, but there are some other matches outside of the USMNT’s trip to Aarhus.

Denmark vs. United States

The Yanks’ road swing begins with a visit to the 28th ranked Danes, a side headlined by Christian Eriksen and Nicklas Bendtner. Denmark went 3W-4L-2D in 2014, and were 2-2 inside its borders.

Scotland vs. Northern Ireland
Manchester United’s Paddy McNair could make his full debut for the visitors, who also boast Premier Leaguers like Jonny Evans and Chris Baird. Gordon Strachan’s hosts will have Chicago Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney in the fray.

Germany vs. Australia
Tim Cahill won’t be on hand as the Socceroos head back to Germany in the hopes of working some friendly magic after the side’s big win at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The reigning World Cup champs are prepared to roll out some unusual starters, and Manuel Neuer could be saved on the German bench.

2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers
Belize vs. Cayman Islands
Bahamas vs. Bermuda

Dominican Republic vs. Cuba
Botswansa vs. Lesotho
Georgia vs. Malta
Mauritius vs. Burundi
Indonesia vs. Cameroon
Nigeria vs. Uganda
Swaziland vs. South Africa
Gabon vs. Mali

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