Jun 04, 2010
Australia will tackle the United States on Saturday 5th June at Ruimsig Stadium in South Africa as part of their final preparations for the 2010 World Cup that begins in just over seven days in Johannesburg.
The Socceroos have had over a week now in South Africa to settle in and get used to the surrounding conditions and they came out on Tuesday night to beat Denmark in a friendly, thanks to a Josh Kennedy (71m) goal.
While they got the win, the Aussies were less than impressive at times and there is plenty of room for improvement as far as the they are concerned.
Defensively the Australians were very good against Denmark and the Danes only had one clear shot on goal, but the Socceroos forays into attack never troubled Denmark much in return either.
Australia will need to find more options to goal if they want to beat the higher rated nations in the World Cup and much will depend on the fitness of Harry Kewell and Brett Holman moving forward.
The Americans arrived in South Africa earlier this week and their last competitive match was back on home soil against Turkey and after being one goal down at half-time they responded well with goals to Jozy Altidore (59m) and Clint Dempsey (75m) to grab the victory.
Experienced World Cup campaigner DaMarcus Beasley will be one to watch in the USA midfield and down back the Americans will prove hard to get past with the likes of Jonathan Spector and Carlos Bocanegra.
In attack the USA has been well served of late by Jozy Altidore and he is surrounded by talented players in Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan who provide able support to the young striker.
The USA will be a tough unit for the Aussies to penetrate and the Americans themselves have high hopes of getting past the group stages of the 2010 World Cup.
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Goalkeepers: Mark Schwarzer (Fulham), Adam Federici (Reading), Brad Jones (Middlesbrough).
Defenders: Scott Chipperfield (Basel), David Carney (Twente), Lucas Neill (Galatasaray), Michael Beauchamp (Melbourne Victory), Craig Moore (unattached), Mark Milligan (JEF United Chiba), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow).
Midfielders: Vince Grella (Blackburn), Carl Valeri (Sassuolo), Jason Culina (Gold Coast), Mile Jedinak (Antalyaspor), Tim Cahill (Everton), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar), Dario Vidosic (Nuremberg), Mark Bresciano (Palermo), Brett Emerton (Blackburn), Richard Garcia (Hull City).
Strikers: Nikita Rukavytsya (Twente), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Harry Kewell (Galatasaray).
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
Strikers: Jozy Altidore (Hull), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca).
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