When the U.S. men's national team takes on Switzerland this morning in an international friendly in Zurich, members of the San Jose Earthquake will be watching very carefully, as both the USA and Switzerland are represented in the Quakes lockerroom.
Waving the flag for the U.S. are World Cup veterans Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson, as well as former international Marvell Wynne. The trio of national teamers may have played their last games for the USA -- though Wondolowski may still be in the mix for this summer' CONCACAF Gold Cup having featured against Chile and Panama earlier this year -- but their loyalties to the USMNT are without question.
Meanwhile, the lone Swiss representative at Avaya Stadium is designated player Innocent Emeghara, who has nine caps for the Alpine country, his last appearance coming in 2013. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Emeghara immigrated to Switzerland as a teenager and turned to soccer as a way of dealing with the unfamiliarity of his adopted country. So talented was the forward at the youth level that he joined the ranks of the Swiss U-21 team and Olympic teams before making his senior team debut.
Whereas the USMNT will get plenty of support from the Earthquakes, Emeghara was not afraid to take a stand for the Swiss, boldly predicting earlier in the week a win for his side at the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich.
"I think 2-0 for Switzerland, yeah," Emeghara said with a big smile, still within earshot of some of his USMNT supporting teammates.
In its previous match, the USA lost to Denmark 3-2, as the Yanks gave up a hat-trick to Nicklas Bendtner to go down to defeat. The Swiss played against Estonia last Friday and collected an impressive 3-0 win over Estonia.
The friendly is scheduled to kick off at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time from Switzerland, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and UniMas. To watch the game online, both Fox and UniMas provide viewing options through their mobile viewing applications. U.S. Soccer will provide live updates from Stadion Letzigrund via Twitter.
USMNT vs. Switzerland Starting XI