The United States plays its final World Cup tuneup today against Australia (8:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision). Brad Guzan started in goal in the first friendly, Tim Howard in the second. Is it Marcus Hahnemann's turn? Perhaps the Wolves keeper in the first half and Howard after the break? All 23 players are permitted to be in uniform, though Jozy Altidore's ankle concern seems certain to rule him out. Six substitutions are allowed. The Americans and Aussies have faced one another just twice previously: a 1-0 Australia victory in Orlando in 1992 and a scoreless affair six years later in San Jose -- Bruce Arena's U.S. coaching debut.
While we await the lineup, some morning reading material:
*Ivory Coast is hopeful that Didier Drogba (broken arm) will not miss the entire World Cup.
*England moves forward without central defender Rio Ferdinand.
*Italy prepares for its opener without midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo.
*France Manager Raymond Domenech, on a 1-0 loss to China (China!): "Something was missing. I'm not saying it's not worrying, but I also say that it's only a warm-up match. In front of goal, spontaneity and freshness make the difference and we were lacking there. We have a week of work ahead of us."
*D.C. United believes it has found the right lineup combinations to maintain its successful run tonight against Real Salt Lake at RFK Stadium (7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet/DC).
June 5, 2010; 4:53 AM ET
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