US hoping for an upset

2010-06-09 15:18

Picture Johnny Depp, famous for playing a pirate in a movie,

scoring goals against the English national team.


That’s what might happen if United States of America (USA) forward

and captain, Landon Donovan, and his team were to cause a major upset by beating

England in Rustenburg on Saturday.

A relaxed Donovan said he did not know who would play him in a

movie if USA were to defeat England, “But I like Johnny Depp.”

He said he had not spoken to his LA Galaxy team-mate David Beckham

since his arrival in South Africa. He chuckled: “I haven’t spoken to David

Beckham since he got here, he’s a spy.”

Donovan said he had become a mature player since his debut in 2002,

who had gained invaluable experience playing for Everton in England.

He explained: “I’m no longer player with the heart only, but now I

play with my heart and experience. It (the English premier soccer league) also

gave me the ability to understand the way their league is, the way and style of

most teams that play in the league. Those are all beneficial things to us.

“Will it have a huge impact on the game? Probably not. But having

some comfort in that way will be helpful on Saturday.”

Donovan said he did not get in touch with England left-back Ashley

Cole who got injured in a tackle from him during a league match.

Asked what he thought about the possibility of Cole missing the

World Cup as a result, Donovan said he did not think about it, he was just

playing the game.

Bob Bradley, US head coach, revealed a clean bill of health for his

23-man squad.

He said: “The World Cup fitness programme has every player ready to

play 90 minutes if asked.”

He said his players understood that if they played as a team they

could compete with big teams.

 

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