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World Cup: U.S. starting lineup against Czech Republic reveals what exactly?

Bob Bradley has his players out on the Rentschler Stadium field here in East Hartford, Conn., warming up for the World Cup warmup that begins in just a few minutes.

WorldCuplogo The U.S. coach has revealed very little with his starting lineup, however. In fact, it is difficult to know what to make of it, and the second half will probably see wholesale changes.

For what it's worth, here are the starting 11 who will be trying to get the ball past Petr Cech, the Czech goalkeeper whose feats this season already include winning the English Premier League title and the F.A. Cup with Chelsea.

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan.

Defenders: Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein.

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu, Stuart Holden and Jose Francisco Torres.

Forwards: Eddie Johnson and Edson Buddle.

Should be interesting. Someone surprising is going to the World Cup, and someone surprising is not. Just who they are might be decided in the next 90 minutes. That's the guess.

For a full report on the match, please see http://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/ later this evening.

-- Grahame L. Jones

 
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