U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 23 players for a friendly against 13th-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo. The first ever meeting against the host is the only match before 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying resumes with matches against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose and Mexico four days later at a sold-out Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
What: USA vs Bosnia-Herzegovina
When: Wednesday 1:30 p.m. CT
Where: Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium
Broadcast: ESPN2, UniMas, ESPN Deportes Radio
A pair of former Billikens could meet on the pitch this week when Tim Ream for the U.S. meet Vedad Ibisevic and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ream, currently playing for the Bolton Wanderers in England, is back in the fold with the USMNT for the first time since October 2011. Ream has eight appearances with the national team, the first coming in November 2010.
Ream played for the Billikens from 2006-09. He was the 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was tabbed a third-team All-American. Ream was drafted by the New York Red Bulls in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and was an MLS Rookie of the Year finalist in 2010.
Ibisevic, who is playing with VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, has more than 45 caps and has scored 17 goals for the Bosnian national team. Ibisevic tied for fourth nationally in scoring (18G, 4A) in his lone season with the Billikens in 2003. He claimed first-team All-America honors and Conference USA Freshman of the Year accolades. He left SLU after his rookie season to sign with Paris St. Germain in France. While playing with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Ibisevic was the top scorer in the Bundesliga for a portion of the 2008-09 campaign before an injury forced him to miss the rest of the season.