Game on Teusday night (USA vs Czech Republic) was started in favor of the USA as they had an early lead by a nice set play by Stuart Holden that Maurice Edu had able to poke into the net. Coach Bob Bradley elected his key players on this match. These players include Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Jay Demerit, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber, and Jozy Altidore. But with the experimental lineup taking the game, the game started to pressure the Czech on the start of the game, but not well until the end. The Czechs scored two goals just before the half. Later on the game another set play made a point on USA made by Herculez Gomez as the finishing header which brought the game into a tie of 2-2. However, though the deadlock lasted for quite some time, the USA still fell short of a win against the Czech Republic in the two late goals. Most of the concerns was that the US was playing with a very inexperienced lineup in the match. And the US was described as to be looking very susceptible to the counter attack after their own pieces. The Czech Republic took advantage of the poor defending of the USA to grab the winner. First Half Goals for USA 17, [1 - 0] M. Edu // for Czech 44, [1 - 1] T. Sivok The U.S. will play the Czech Republic in a World Cup warmup match May 25 before meeting Turkey four days later at Philadelphia,s Lincoln Financial Field. The site of the U.S.-Czech match was not announced Wednesday, but the U.S. Soccer Federation has discussed East Hartford, Conn., as a possible location for the opener of its World Cup send-off tour. "We are very pleased to get two quality opponents in the Czech Republic and Turkey," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. "These games will provide a great opportunity to fine-tune our plans for the matches in South Africa and test ourselves against some of the better teams in Europe." At the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Czechs outplayed the Americans in the tournament opener for both teams, winning 3-0. In 1990, then-Czechoslovakia routed the U.S. 5-1 in the Americans, return to the World Cup following a 40-year absence. The Czech Republic failed to advance to the 32-nation field for this year,s World Cup in South Africa, finishing behind Slovakia and Slovenia in its European qualifying group. Turkey, a 2002 World Cup semifinalist, also failed to qualify, finishing behind Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The U.S. has played the Turks twice before, a 1-1 tie at Istanbul in 2001 and a 2-1 U.S. loss at the 2003 Confederations Cup in Saint-Etienne, France. Preparing for its sixth straight World Cup appearance, the U.S. hosts El Salvador on Feb. 24 at Tampa, Fla., then plays March 3 at the Netherlands. At the World Cup in South Africa, the U.S. opens June 12 against England, plays Slovenia six days later and completes the first round against Algeria on June 23.


 
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