USA boss looking forward to Turkey test.PHILADELPHIA -- The 11 players the United States Men's National Team starts against Turkey Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field will very much resemble the group Bob Bradley sends out to battle England on June 12 in the first game of the World Cup.
At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, the coach told members of the media he was "pretty set with most of our lineup."
"It's a game where we certainly will have a team that's much closer to our regular team," he said. "We have a few decisions to make. We need to take into account some guys that played 90 minutes the other day. We'll size up how they feel and whether we bring them right back."
Some injured stars could make their return to the Stars and Stripes lineup on Saturday. Specifically, expect to see Carlos Bocanegra (sports hernia surgery) and Jay DeMerit (eye/stomach) on the pitch.
"Both have worked hard in recent days and both are ready to step on the field," Bradley said.
The coach also discussed the progress of Oguchi Onyewu, who played 65 minutes on Tuesday night in the Americans 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic. The match was his first since rupturing his patellar tendon during the American's last qualifying fixture in October.
"There are little hurdles to get over in terms of just plays where now the reaction speed is different," Bradley said. "You have to be able to make a play without thinking about it. When I look back over the time we've been in this camp and the last game, he's made some good progress, so that's positive."
Bocaneagra, who should start at left back, discussed the importance of getting on the field and playing with his teammates.
"I think these next two games the back is something we need to get right before we go down to South Africa because that's an important part of our team," the U.S. captain said.
Landon Donovan, the squad's all-time leading point-getter, sounded confident in the side's ability to put the ball in the net.
"We don't have any anxiety about scoring," he said.
Turkey only conceded 10 goals during their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign and will provide a stiff test for the U.S.
Bradley discussed why playing the Crescent Stars makes sense.
"They are just a good team," he said. "Talented. It gives us a chance to play a tough opponent before leaving. I think there are some similarities with some of their players and some of the players for Slovenia, so you can see some subtleties there but as a whole, it's about playing a real good team."
Noah Davis (@noahedavis) covers the United States Men's National Team for Goal.com and will be reporting from the World Cup in South Africa.
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