WASHINGTON -- Germany's friendly against the United States provided U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann with his first match as a coach against his native country, and on a more personal level his first against his former assistant coach, Joachim Low.
While Klinsmann came away with the upper hand following the 4-3 victory over Low's mostly second-choice side via a goal from Jozy Altidore, two from Clint Dempsey and a comical own goal by Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Low came away impressed at the inspired American side that entertained more than 47,000 at RFK Stadium on Sunday.
"I was not surprised at the quality of the U.S. team at all," Low said through a translator. "After all, they are immersed in highly competitive matches, especially with the three World Cup qualifiers coming up. So I knew they would be coming out highly motivated."
Low reserved specific praise for Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, who combined for three goals and gave his makeshift back line fits throughout the match, and he also expected the USA to bounce back from a deflating 4-2 loss to Belgium on Wednesday with a better showing against Die Mannschaft.
"In regards to individual players, I think Altidore and Dempsey really stood out, not in vain, because they've made a name for themselves in the Netherlands and the Premier League respectively," he said.
"Generally, I think the U.S. team came out and approached the game with passion and commitment. The match against Belgium was just too embarrassing for them, so they really had to make up [for it]."