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Posted on 06/01/2014 2:58:24 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
In their slow cross-continental march to the World Cup in Brazil, the United States men's national team takes another important step when they take on Turkey in the second of a three-game send-off and tune-up series on Sunday.
The task promises to be a good deal tougher than the Americans' first game of the summer against Azerbaijan in San Francisco last Tuesday. They pulled out an unsightly 2-0 win then, in conditions made practically unplayable by the famous swirling winds of Candlestick Park. Red Bull Arena in New Jersey should present no such problems. But then the opposition aren't no-name pushovers devoid of attacking ambitions either.
"With Turkey we have a team now on a very high level, a team that almost qualified [for the World Cup] as well with very good individual players," said head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Friday. "Turkey is an unpredictable team; it's a team with a lot of individual skills in there. Good players that can make a difference in half a second. And they will challenge us. We wanted to start off [our pre-World Cup friendlies] kind of on an easy foot and now with Turkey we really have a benchmark that will really give us some insight of things."
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A lot of work yesterday. We kind of made sure he's not going sideways, Klinsmann told reporters
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England coach Roy Hodgson said it was the place ideally to avoid because of the humid and steamy weather in the region, remarks that insulted local officials and prompted an apology.
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European teams say they are more prepared than ever for a hot and humid World Cup, training in saunas, planning to soak their jerseys in cold water before games and working with doctors to design the perfect hydration formula for each player.
Even though the tournament is held in Brazil's winter, stadiums in the tropical north will be warm, with temperatures often above 30 Celsius (85 Fahrenheit).
The 42-year-old referee gasps for air as the heat in this tiny room at Sheffield Hallam University's Faculty of Health and Wellbeing rises and the humidity spirals.
"It is tough, it is very tough," he says. "The heat and humidity are going to be the biggest challenges in Brazil. We all know that."
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"Coming from playing every week in England to a hotter, more humid climate where you're sweating more is obviously going to affect the way you play.
"Sprinting for long periods becomes more difficult and you need to take more breaks to breathe and get a sip of a drink to rehydrate.
"You also feel it after a game because your body has worked harder trying to cool down and you need to allow greater time for your muscles to recover.
"When you are playing in hot and humid conditions you need to place more control on the tempo of the game and ensure you don't burn yourself out in the first half.
"Those three are legends in German football," he told Sport Bild. "They won so many titles and they represent an era. I admire what they achieved and I know they were the type of player I am.
"I see myself as a traditional playmaker. There won't be many of them at the World Cup. If I look at the other teams I might even be the last one.
"I would like to follow their example and become a legend, too. And whoever wants to be a legend has to win the cup. We travel to Brazil to make that dream come true.
"To be honest, and I am saying this now just for me personally: Everything other than the trophy would be a disappointment. If we look back to the Euros it has been two years since we lost an official match.
"Germany deserves to finally win the trophy."
He then started singing.
That Englishman whos complaining itll be hot, he crooned as we passed the shiny new stadium where England will play in the World Cup, doesnt know in the arena therell be fried fish, prawns and booze. Boo-ooze. Boo-ooze.
Today's freindly is at 1:30 East coast time - Comcast channel 404 (ESPN).
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