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Russia sounds nice in mid-November

Jurgen Klinsmann, Eddie Johnson

U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann hugs forward Eddie Johnson as Johnson leaves the game late in the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match against Guatemala in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. The United States won 3-1. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)


When we think of vacation spots for the early winter, we do not think of Russia. But the Stars and Stripes are going there to play on November 14.

The squad is heading to Krasnodar, which is sort of between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov for you geography buffs. For those of you not versed in geography, it’s 17 and a half hours straight south in a car.

The game falls on a FIFA date, so Jurgen Klinsmann can all anyone he wants. So, that’s fun.

Russia, for what it’s worth, is tearing up Group F in UEFA 2014 World Cup qualifying and will present an excellent gauge of where the Americans stand.

Reactions, facts, and figures? Sure:

The #USMNT can finish the year with its highest winning percentage in the modern era. Currently .769 (9-2-2). Best is .750 (2008)

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 18, 2012

Average November temp in Krasnodar is around 50. You still prefer Moscow or St. Peter? #USMNT

— Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman) October 18, 2012

Yes, single FIFA fixture date. Not ususual. RT @frenchie1916: Is Russia friendly a mandatory FIFA release date?

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) October 18, 2012