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The United States pre-World Cup schedule keeps filling up

Jurgen Klinsmann

U.S. national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on before the first half during an World Cup qualifying soccer match against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Jurgen Klinsmann and U.S. Soccer keeps reminding us how few opportunities there will be to gather the first team ahead of next summer’s World Cup. No opportunity can be wasted.

That’s why the United States Soccer federation has announced its latest friendly, set for Nov. 19 in Vienna against Austria. These teams haven’t met since 1998.

That match will follow a Nov. 15 contest against Scotland at Glasgow’s famed Hampden Park.

That’s the last we’ll see of the national team until the annual January camp – which will look quite different this time around. U.S. Soccer isn’t officially talking about the January camp yet, but officials will quietly allow that part of the camp will take place in Brazil.

It will still be a camp for MLS types and for any Scandinavian league men on break. So that means 14-16 first-choice types won’t be able to take advantage of a trip that is mostly about getting familiar with the terrain. Still, it should be a useful exercise for those involved, and for Klinsmann (pictured) and the U.S. coaching staff, of course.