KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- AS Roma's Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic praised the quality of opposition as he readied for a two-week stretch in which he will face the MLS All-Star team and the U.S. national team.
Pjanic's Roma will take on the MLS All-Stars, 13 of whom have links with the U.S. national team program, on Wednesday at Sporting Park. His Bosnian national team side will host the U.S. national side, which is riding a team-record 11-game winning streak, in a friendly on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo.
"We hope to have a good game tomorrow against a good team," Pjanic said. "I'm very happy to play against the MLS team. The national team, we play in two weeks against them. They are a very good team. I know Michael (Bradley) who plays with us, and I know that they are a very strong team and it will be a good game.
"I think that U.S. soccer will, every year, be better. There are a lot of new players, a lot of stars that are coming in. For the development of football in America, that's very important."