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International Friendly Preview: Austria - USA

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International Friendly Preview: Austria - USA

The United States will aim to sign off its trip to Europe by returning to winning ways against Austria in Vienna on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side drew 0-0 with Scotland on Friday, bringing an end to a sequence of three straight victories that has contributed towards a flying recent run.

Prior to the Scotland stalemate, the USA had won 15 of its previous 16 matches - with a 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Costa Rica in September the team's only blemish in that time.

The U.S. qualified for its seventh consecutive World Cup by finishing four points clear at the top of the CONCACAF Hexagonal, winning six of its final seven matches after starting the 10-game group with a loss at Honduras.

Klinsmann's side conceded just eight goals in 10 games in the Hexagonal, and goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that a strong defense can form the cornerstone of a successful side.

"Defensively, you always want to build on good results, good performances and a clean sheet," said the Everton man after the Scotland game.

"That's what you need to feel good about yourself. I believe if you draw a game and win the next one it becomes a really good week.

"We're going to Austria, another tough game away from home. If we can get the victory and end on a high, everybody's going to feel really good."

The hosts, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of the disappointment of having missed out on a place in the finals in Brazil next year.

Marcel Koller's charges finished third in a strong UEFA Group C, 11 points adrift of runaway winner Germany but only three behind Sweden, which booked a playoff berth as one of the best runners-up.

It proved another blow for the Austrians, who have not qualified for the finals since 1998, and they will now be looking to switch their focus as they look ahead to qualifying for the European Championship in France in 2016.

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