Well, perhaps not quite that bad. But once again the DFB squad proved that they have a hard time in hot weather, as they sucked in their friendly against the USA squad, losing 4-3. Of course, unlike previous disgraceful losses, I don’t think that the Germans are too upset, considering this was not anywhere close to a full strength Germany squad. Consider that nobody from Bayern played, which might include the captain Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Neuer, Müller, Gomez, Boateng and the injured Kroos and Badstuber, missing Dortmund players like Hummels, Reus, Gündogan, Götze and perhaps Schmelzer, plus legionaires like Özil and Khedira. So Joggi Löw certainly had a lot of scrubs and nobodies to try out.
For the record, this was Germany's lineup: ter Stegen - L. Bender, Mertesacker, Höwedes, Jansen - S. Bender, Reinartz - Schürrle, Draxler, Podolski- Klose Subs: 46. Wollscheid for Mertesacker 46. Aogo for Jansen 46. Westermann for L. Bender 46. M. Kruse for S. Bender 65. Sam Schürrle 79. N. Müller für Klose
Still, it is somewhat disgraceful that even with a weakened lineup you give up four goals to the US,
GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen managed to complete the most ridiculous own goal in German history as he basically miffed a lame backpass and lost it into the net. That probably means he ain’t going to Brazil as the 3rd string keeper. But there was plenty of blame to go around, as almost all the players managed to stink. Westermann and Draxler were at least decent, and Kruse was actually quite good. But everybody else, Oh wey, Au weh!