26 May 2010

Czech Republic beat US in World Cup warmup match

4:30 pm on 26 May 2010

The United States were given an early football World Cup wake-up call when they were beaten 4-2 at home by the Czech Republic in their opening warm-up game.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley rested many of his likely starters but gave a run-out to key central defender Oguchi Onyewu, who had been sidelined since a knee operation in October and looked well short of match fitness.

The States face England in their World Cup opener on June 12th before meeting Slovenia and Algeria.

Before then, Bradley's team face Turkey in Philadelphia this weekend and then Australia in Roodepoort, South Africa, on June 5th.