Coming off the heels of a 2-4 loss to the Czech Republic, a 2-1 win against Turkey, and a meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden last week, the US Men’s National Soccer Team has left two weeks in advance for South Africa to make final preparations for the World Cup.
Johannesburg boasts an altitude of 5,900 feet, which is 600 feet higher than even Denver and judging from continued US poor performance at Mexico City (which players say high altitude is a factor), Coach Bob Bradley was probably wise to allow his men ample time to adjust.
The US will also face Australia in a pre-World Cup Friendly June 5 to have one last practice run before they kick off their Cup play with a much anticipated show against England on June 12.
The 23 man US squad was named following the match with the Czech Republic. Many of the players have Twitter accounts, which are fun to follow as the guys post a lot of candid photos:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves), Tim Howard (Everton)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley(Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca).
Noticeably left out of the squad is forward Charlie Davies who is still recovering from injuries received last October when he was a passenger in a fatal car crash outside Washington DC that killed a young girl. You will see a goal celebration in the form of the Stanky Leg done by US Teammates in honor of Davies, who would perform the dance with Jozy Altidore when either of them scored.
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