May 25, 2010
D-DAY IS WEDNESDAY
U.S. National Team, FIFA World Cup
D-Day is Wednesday.
|Bob Bradley will unveil the 23-man U.S. roster on Wednesday afternoon.
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That's when U.S. national coach Bob Bradley will reveal the final 23-man roster that will compete in the World Cup during a live broadcast of ESPNís daytime SportsCenter.
All the players selected for South Africa will be on the ESPN campus for the announcement that will take place during the 1 p.m. ET hour of the show.
The U.S. team will have one last opportunity to play before the World Cup roster is decided when they take on the Czech Republic in East Hartford, Conn. Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
World Cup rules require that the final 23-man roster be submitted to FIFA by June 1. A preliminary list of 30 players had to be submitted by May 11 by all 32 teams. According to a new regulation, the 23 players on the final roster must come from the original preliminary roster. Once the rosters are finalized, a team may replace an injured player up to 24 hours prior to their first match of the tournament. The replacement player does not have to be selected from the 30-man preliminary list.
Following the announcement, the U.S. will play their final home match before departing for South Africa when they face Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
The Americans have been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the World Cup. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England in Rustenburg June 12 and will follow with matches against Slovenia in Johannesburg June 18 and Algeria in Pretoria June 23.