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U.S. World Cup tuneup update

The Insider told you exclusively early Tuesday that the U.S. national team was planning to play its final World Cup tuneups in Philadelphia and perhaps Hartford, Conn. (against the Czech Republic)

Today the USSF formally announced the Philly visit May 29 (against Turkey) and said the Czechs will be the May 25 opponent at a venue to be determined. (Hartford is a serious contender.)

So after a mostly MLS squad plays El Salvador next Wednesday night in Tampa, here are how things look for Bob Bradley's top-flight roster before it heads to South Africa:

Wed., March 3: Netherlands in Amsterdam, 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Tues., May 25: Czech Republic at U.S. site TBA
Sat., May 29: Turkey in Philadelphia, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

By Steve Goff  |  February 17, 2010; 2:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Great job by the USSF to set up friendlys with quality opponents. Turkey and Czech Rep. are two of the best squads to not make the WC.

Posted by: PeteO1 | February 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | February 17, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I'll be happy if we win any of those three.

Posted by: troy6 | February 17, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Troy, I'll be happy if someone comes up with a Turkey Philly Cheesesteak.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | February 17, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Where can we find out about Onyewu, Davies, Dempsey???

Posted by: Bartolo1 | February 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if we can get Budweiser to sponsor the Czech game. The Belgian Budweiser, I mean. That ought to get the Czechs good and riled.

Posted by: troy6 | February 17, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The setup:

"Where can we find out about Onyewu, Davies, Dempsey???"

The finish:

Wikipedia? Facebook? Your local, neighborhood psychic?
Or, stay tuned to your internet tubes. Each hopes to be back playing in April, if not sooner.

Posted by: fischy | February 17, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

when does Bradley announce the roster for the March 3rd game?

With one or two more performances like he's had lately, it seems Adu should definitely get a call into that roster. Maybe it's too little too late, but with injuries to Feilhaber, Davies and Dempsey it seems like he should get a shot.

Posted by: joe_hill | February 17, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if we can get Budweiser to sponsor the Czech game.

Posted by: troy6 | February 17, 2010 3:46 PM

No need to wonder...

Posted by: Kev29 | February 17, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Official Malt Beverage

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | February 17, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I actually count myself a fan of young Freddy, but if two goals in Greece get you onto the national side, we are indeed a very thin team.

Posted by: glfrazier | February 17, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Pachuca hosts league-leading Guadalajara (don't want to get sued for calling them Chivas) at 9pm tonight on Telefutura.

Top 2 teams in Mexico so far this season with Guadalajara winning all 5 of its games and featuring new hotshot Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez putting in the goals and making Tri fans dream of a new World Cup hero. I'm not sure if Torres is 100% but he seems sure to feature at some point.

Highest scoring teams from South of the Border (the country, not the truckstop) so it should be a good show.

Normally I'd think it preposterous that legal claims are not allowing Guadalajara to use the "Chivas" name. But Vergara would pull the same kind of stunt against a rival if he could. So this feels like a bit of poetic justice.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 17, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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