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U.S. to play fringe players in Czech friendly — USA Soccer Stud


Witters Sport, US Presswire

National Team fans hoping to watch America’s all-star team against the Czech Republic might want to curb their enthusiasm. Much like February’s friendly win against El Salvador, tomorrow’s game (8 p.m. ET on ESPN and Galavision) is more about narrowing the team from 30 camp players to the final 23.

“While [Turkey and Australia] friendlies will focus on preparing the U.S.’ likely first-choice lineup, Bradley said that Tuesday’s game will be more about determining the final roster cuts,” reports Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

Who’s on the bubble? According to Wahl, 2-3 forwards, including Brian Ching, Herculez Gomez, Edson Buddle, Eddie Johnson and Robbie Findley. As for midfielders, DaMarcus Beasley is “in the driving seat” as one of the four players fighting for one spot, the other three being Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers.

As for defenders, Wahl says Chad Marshall will be the only one sent packing.

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