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Preview: USMNT meets Australia Saturday in South Africa Friendly

Coach Bob Bradley’s US Men’s National Team meets the World Cup bound Australian Men’s National Team Saturday June 5 in South Africa in the final warmup for the US-England clash on June 12.  Television coverage of the friendly match begins at 7:30 am Saturday morning on ESPN 2.

The USMNT has played two friendly warm up matches in the last ten days on American soil.  The team lost to the Czech Republic 4-2, in a game which many subs and players on the bubble of making the final roster played.  Last Saturday, after announcing their final roster for the World Cup, the USMNT defeated Turkey, 2-1, in a game in which the US came back from a 1-0 score to tally twice in the second half on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.  Second half substitutes Robbie Findley upfront and particularily Jose “Gringo” Torres of FMF team Pachuca seemed to wake up the US squad.  The slightly built Torres showed that he can not only be an offensive spark, but showed composure on defense from his midfield position and wasn’t afraid to get stuck in and disrupt Turkey’s attacking flow. 

This Saturday’s matchup with Australia is an excellent tune-up for the USMNT’s first World Cup Group C game against England.  Many of the Australian players have played in the English Premier League, including midfielder/forwards Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell, midfielders Brett Emerton, Richard Garcia and Vince Grella, defender Lucas Neill and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.  The Socceroos made it through the opening round of the 2006 World Cup before losing a close game to eventual champions, the Azurri of Italy. 

Australian 2010 World Cup Roster

Roles Players
Goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer (Fulham), Adam Federici (Reading FC), Brad Jones (Middlesbrough FC)
Defenders Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow), Michael Beauchamp (Melbourne Heart), Lucas Neill (Galatasaray SK), Mark Milligan (JEF United), Craig Moore (free agent), David Carney (FC Twente),
Midfielders Mark Bresciano (US Palermo), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers), Vincenzo Grella (Blackburn Rovers), Jason Čulina (Gold Coast United), Carl Valeri (US Sassuolo), Tim Cahill (Everton), Mile Jedinak (Antalyaspor), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Richard García (Hull City), Dario Vidošić (FC Nuremberg)
Forwards Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Harry Kewell (Galatasaray SK), Nikita Rukavytsya (FC Twente)
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