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World Cup 2014: Klinsmann ‘very optimistic’ for Altidore and Belgium test

Two players are at the centre of attention as the USA prepare for their World Cup second-round match Authentic Prada Trainers against Belgium on Tuesday Authentic Prada Handbags Online – one for running a lot and one for running very little.

The midfielder Michael Bradley has been running a lot – more than any other player in the tournament so far, according to Biggest Prada Store London official statistics.

The striker Jozy Altidore, meanwhile, ran a little at training on Friday as he continued his recovery from the hamstring injury he suffered in the Authentic Prada Fairy Bag Sale first half of the opening game, a 2-1 win over Ghana.

“We are very optimistic,” said coach Jürgen Klinsmann, when asked if Altidore would be fit to face the Belgians. “Every day is a big step forward with Jozy. Authentic Prada Wallet For Sale Philippines It’s 11 days Authentic Prada Bag For Sale Philippines now [since the Ghana game], and its looking better every day.”

Captain Clint Dempsey has played alone up front in the USA’s subsequent matches in Brazil, a 2-2 draw Authentic Prada Milano Handbags with Authentic Prada Bags Uk Portugal in which he scored and the 1-0 defeat by Germany on Thursday which was not enough to derail the US, thanks to Portugal only managing to beat Ghana by one goal.

Fifa’s official group-stage statistics, released on Friday, placed the USA 31st out of 32 teams in terms of the number of attacks they mounted, with 72 – Costa Rica were the only team to attack less Authentic Prada Leather Handbags often, with 69. Klinsmann’s team, who have been outshot by opponents 54-27, had 41% of possession against Ghana, 48% against Portugal and 37% against Germany.

“It’s definitely something that we learned out of the Germany game. We were too deep, especially the first 20 minutes,” said Klinsmann.

“I was screaming my lungs off there to get the back line out and to move the entire unit high Authentic Prada Handbags Outlet Online up the field. We will work on that in next couple days in training, to shift our entire game up forward. So that will put more pressure on the opponents and create more chances.”

Bradley, the Toronto FC midfielder whose struggles for form have prompted attention from press and fans, was singled out by Fifa for running 23.6 miles across the three group games. His nearest challenger in terms of such industriousness was the Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz.

Klinsmann said: “We know that he can add something extra to it going forward. He also needs to help with the team by shifting higher up. If we can get Michael more into that role behind Clint, I think we are even more dangerous then. So there is more to come.”

Of Bradley’s struggles for form, which have included giving the ball away for Portugal’s equalising goal, Klinsmann said: “If he already plays on this level right now, we came through this group because of his influence on the field homesite, then if he steps it up another notch, it gives us with other players as well … a big hope now getting ready for the knockout stage.

“Because we know that players have not reached their highest spot yet. [Bradley] is one of them, but overall I am very, very happy with him. The leadership … I mean he has covered so much ground.

“He is all over the place. The defensive work that Michael puts in is absolutely outstanding.”

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