Sports Mole previews Sunday’s International Friendly clash between Switzerland and USA, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
The international friendly fixture at St Gallen’s Kybunpark will also serve as a warm-up for the visitors’ upcoming CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup campaigns.
Before they tackle a European Championship group also featuring Italy, Turkey and Wales this summer, first Switzerland are set to play two home friendlies – against the United States and then versus neighbouring Liechtenstein.
Currently world-ranked 13th, the Swiss come into this first game of the summer on the back of a 3-2 friendly win over Finland in March – effectively the fourth successive victory for Vladimir Petkovic‘s side.
Having concluded their Nations League campaign with a default win over Ukraine last November, the Nati have since opened the World Cup qualifying process with six points from six, as they beat both Bulgaria and Lithuania in their opening fixtures this spring.
Petkovic has held his current position since July 2014 – winning 35 of his 68 games to date, while leading Switzerland to the last-16 of Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia – and will be keen to go at least one step further in the Euros.
In preparation, the Sarajevo-born coach has called up a 29-player preliminary…