Wednesday World Cup Update

i-3bace333295096565c18a75684d2ee2b-alps.jpgTourists at the Alps? No, the French soccer team doing altitude training today in preparation for the World Cup (AP Photo).

  • The U.S. are up to full strength at camp:

    PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. soccer team has a full roster of 30 players at World Cup training camp for the first time.

    Defenders Oguchi Onyewu and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya worked out for the first time Wednesday in Princeton, N.J., after arriving from their clubs in Europe. They were to go for their physicals after practice along with defender Clarence Goodson and midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who arrived Monday.

    Forward Eddie Johnson (hamstring strain) and defender Chad Marshall (slight hamstring strain) continued to work out on their own rather than practice with the team.

    Goalkeeper Tim Howard (quadriceps strain), and defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Jay DeMerit (abdominal strains) participated in part of the training.

  • But there are more personnel problems for the Czech Republic ahead of next week’s game against the U.S.:

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic will be without Timisoara forward Lukas Magera and Spartak Moscow defender Marek Suchy for its exhibition games in the United States.

    The Czech soccer federation said Tuesday that Magera has not been cleared by his club to join the national team and will be replaced by forward Tomas Pekhart of Czech team Jablonec.

    Coach Michal Bilek also called up Ankaragucu defender Jan Rajnoch to replace Suchy, who has an ankle injury.

    The Czechs will play Turkey on Saturday at Harrison, N.J., then will face the United States
    three days later at East Hartford, Conn. They will be without a number of injured players, including Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky and Galatasaray forward Milan Baros.

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