USA assemble for Argentina test
No less than 16 members of the USA team that took part in last year's FIFA World Cup™ were among 24 players named by coach Bob Bradley ahead of upcoming friendlies with Argentina and Paraguay.
The squad will gather on Sunday in Cary, North Carolina, before playing host to Argentina on 26 March in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Paraguay three days later in Nashville, Tennessee.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, a New Jersey native, is among six players who will travel from England, including midfielders Clint Dempsey of Fulham, Stuart Holden of Bolton, Aston Villa's Michael Bradley and Blackburn's Jermaine Jones.
"This is an important opportunity to get our core group together along with some relatively newer faces," Bradley said. "We have not had these players together for quite some time so this is a great chance to get in a solid week of training and then face two quality opponents in Argentina and Paraguay."
Argentina, with six wins, two losses and one draw against the Americans, will field a line-up that includes two-time reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi and stars Javier Zanetti, Javier Mascherano and Esteban Cambiasso.