By FRANCO PANIZO
After enjoying a day off, the U.S. men's national team returned to the field in Princeton for the sixth day of the pre-World Cup training camp on Saturday. The players once again ended the training session with some fitness drills, and followed that up by speaking to the media.
Here are some tidbits from Saturday's training session:
Head coach Bob Bradley said there's a chance that some players might be cut prior to Tuesday's match against the Czech Republic.
"It's always a possibility," said Bradley. "When you bring 30 (players) into camp, you understand from the start that there are pluses and minuses. The plus is that you have a chance to see everybody. If you go down into the group that maybe you would have viewed as alternates they have been part of the camp, they're fit, they're ready to go. At the same time, the opportunity to play in a World Cup is so special in all players' careers that if you get close and don't quite make it, that's a huge disappointment."
Bradley also revealed that Carlos Bocanegra underwent hernia surgery prior to the pre-World Cup camp.
Tim Howard confessed he isn't a fan of Jabulani, the World Cup ball. "I don't particularly like them. I don't think many goalkeepers do like them. I think I understand the nature of the game now and how that business works. Shutouts don't bring people's attention. The ball is moving all over the place. But we learned a long time ago, as goalkeepers, it's no excuse."
Howard also said he doesn't expect to play all 90 minutes in each of the United States' three pre-World Cup friendlies based on previous cycles.
A day after signing with Pachuca, Herculez Gomez wished to not talk about signing with the Mexican club.
Clint Dempsey was asked which player has impressed him during the first five days of camp and he answered DaMarcus Beasley. "He's looked sharp, looks quick," Dempsey said.
Alejandro Bedoya admitted that training is getting more intense as the Czech Republic friendly approaches. Bedoya also said he has played decently in training as he pursues a roster spot on the World Cup team, "The most important thing is that we're trying to ge fit, but also at the same time we're working to try to make the final 23. I think I've been doing alright, and now I'm just trying to keep working on some things throughout the camp and perform."
A free agent this summer, Steve Cherundolo said that while it would be nice to re-sign with Hannover 96 (the only professional club he's ever played for) and retire with the club, he might also be interested in pursuing other options.
Robbie Rogers was advised by Columbus Crew teammate Frankie Hejduk prior to camp, especially about fitness. Rogers did not attend the Columbus Crew-New York Red Bulls game at Red Bulls Arena on Thursday night, but he saw the Crew's 3-1 win that put them in first place of the Eastern Conference.
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