Time is running out for U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann, who has a lot of decisions to make before his team opens play in the
The U.S. backline remains unsettled, especially in central defense where
And Klinsmann must also decide which midfielder,
The answers to some of those questions could become a little clearer Sunday when the U.S. meets Turkey in front of a sellout crowd of more than 25,000 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., (11 a.m. PDT, ESPN2,
One thing Klinsmann shouldn't have to worry about is the health of midfielder
"I really didn't have an injury, just tightness in my groin and I felt it didn't make much sense to push it in that game," Dempsey said.
In an effort to get a look at as many players as possible, Klinsmann is likely to use his full complement of substitutions against Turkey, which should provide a better test than Azerbaijan did.
"Turkey is unpredictable and can change the game in one second," Klinsmann said.
Brazilian venues still aren't ready
Less than two weeks before the World Cup opener, FIFA remains concerned about conditions at three stadiums, including one in Natal, where the U.S. is scheduled to play its first game, and in Sao Paulo, where Itaquerao Stadium, site of the June 12 kickoff game between Brazil and Croatia, still isn't complete.
Jerome Valcke, FIFA secretary general, told reporters that construction crews were in a "race against the clock" in Natal, where the U.S. is to play Ghana on June 16, and that there was "much to be done" in Porto Alegre, where France and Honduras are expected to play June 15.
There is even less time to spare at Itaquerao, which is why FIFA requested that a second test game be played there Sunday. Parts of the stadium are not expected to be open to spectators, though, meaning the first time many of the 68,000 seats will be occupied will be during the World Cup opener.
Mexico loses Luis Montes for World Cup
Mexico's World Cup hopes were dealt a serious blow Saturday when midfielder Luis Montes and Rafa Marquez were hospitalized after being injured in the team's 3-1 victory over Ecuador in Arlington, Texas.
Officials said Montes fractured his right tibia and fibula late in the first half, moments after scoring the game's first goal. He was injured during a collision with Ecuador's Segundo Castillo, who was injured on the play. Trainers took a long time to treat Montes on the field before transporting him to a hospital. He will not play in Brazil.
Montes, 28, who plays for Leon in Mexico's Liga MX, has been a key performer for the national team under new Coach Miguel Herrera.
Marquez, 35, a teammate of Montes at Leon, left at halftime after suffering what was described as a thigh injury. Officials announced he was taken to a hospital to be examined. The severity of the injury to Marquez, the team captain, was not immediately known, but Mexico is hopeful he will be back shortly.