Four things to watch vs. Russia 

November, 13, 2012

What should U.S. fans expect when Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. squad meets Russia on Wednesday (10 a.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN3, in the national team's final match of 2012? Here are four things you should know ahead of the year-ending friendly match in Krasnodar.

Scoring won't be easy …

Even though the U.S. has found net in six of its seven road games this year, breaching the Russian defense will be challenging. The hosts haven't allowed a single goal in four qualifying games for the 2014 World Cup, going 4-0-0 so far.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.