The temperature at Stanford Stadium hung around 90 degrees Thursday afternoon, a few welcome degrees cooler than the day before. But none of the players competing for a spot on the U.S. World Cup team were complaining about the weather.
"It’s going to be warm like this down in Brazil. So it’s good to get us acclimated," said
Coach Juergen Klinsmann has invited 30 players to a three-week training camp, at the end of which he must pare his roster to 23. And while some players -- forward
"I wish I knew exactly what I needed to do," Parkhurst said with a smile. "I need to come out here and have a really good camp just like anybody else. Put in the work and show that I can bring something to the team.
"Every player in the country wants to be right here, have this opportunity to be in the 30 and give yourself a chance for the World Cup. And I plan on taking full advantage."
Also hoping to make the most of his chance is midfielder
He's not conceding anything yet, however.
"I always kept my faith coming into this camp," he said, speaking in a voice just above a whisper. "At this point I'm worried about myself. I'm trying to do what I always do when I come into the national team: Try to show Juergen why he should bring me to Brazil and do my best in every practice."
"We almost know each other pretty well. So I think that won't be a big deal," he said. "The team has to find out how good we are. And what kind of shape we're in."
The players figure to be in pretty good shape by their first exhibition, a May 27 friendly with Azerbaijan at San Francisco's
"This first week will be really difficult," Parkhurst said of Klinsmann's training camp. "I think the work here will be like a preseason camp even though we're in midseason. The first few days are always the toughest. Just running, getting the heavy legs.
"Once you get past it, things get a little bit easier."
The players drilled for about 90 minutes under a blazing sun Thursday afternoon in the second of their two daily workouts. The team was joined by four new players -- Bradley, Dempsey, midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler -- all of whom were given permission to arrive late. That brought the number of players in camp to 25 with some of the team's European-based players, whose seasons just ended, not scheduled to begin working out until Sunday.