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USA to face Turkey in final World Cup warm-up

February 17, 2010
By Soccernet staff

USA will complete their World Cup preparations with a friendly international against Turkey in Philadelphia, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Bob Bradley
GettyImagesBob Bradley took United States to the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup

Bob Bradley's side will meet Turkey on May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field before flying out to South Africa where they will encounter England, Slovenia and Algeria in Group C.

Turkey reached the World Cup semi-final in 2002 and although they failed to qualify for the finals in South Africa when finishing behind Spain and Bosnia-Herzegovina in their group, they will be a stern test ahead of the game between USA and England on June 12.

Turkey announced on Wednesday that Guus Hiddink will be appointed as the country's new manager but he will officially take the reins at the start of July.

Bradley's side will also play Netherlands on March 3 but could be without Benny Feilhaber for the high-profile friendly. The former Derby midfielder has injured his ankle in training with Aarhus and will require an unspecified period of rest before being made available for the national side.

"Specialists have now reviewed the images that were conducted yesterday and the conclusion is that Benny has a cartilage injury in his ankle," AGF press officer Christian Haarslov told Yanks Abroad.

"Initially, he will be rested for ten days. Then his ankle will be scanned again and the medical staff will evaluate the situation."

Feilhaber made six appearances during World Cup qualifying and also represented USA at last summer's Confederations Cup.