U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann
plans to definitely start captain Clint
in Sunday's match against Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (live at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN, Univision). Dempsey was a late scratch for Tuesday's game against Azerbaijan
with a sore groin.
The USA traveled to New York Thursday afternoon after breaking camp at Stanford University in Northern California, where it had been based since May 13. Dempsey had
been limited in his movements at practice on Wednesday but is expected to be ready for practice ahead of the Turkey game.
''We kind of made sure he's not going sideways," Klinsmann told
reporters before the team departed Palo Alto. "That was kind of bothering him and worrying him a little bit. He's all good. Today they have an easy [regeneration] day [work in the pool], travel
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The USA will train
Friday and Saturday morning -- the Saturday session at 11 a.m. will be open to the public -- at Red Bull Arena before the match against Turkey. It will also participate in a Pep Rally in Times Square,
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The U.S. camp opened with a heat wave in normally temperate Northern
California, but Klinsmann said the team had an "amazing experience" on the Stanford campus.
''For me as a coach," he said, "I think I've never had a better setup than this. I understand
European teams coming over here, like Juventus here during preseason, two training fields, the locker room they kind of decorated for us. Going to eat lunch with the students, it's all top quality.
The climate in California, you can't beat. It's been terrific, top, top so far.''TURKEY-HONDURAS. T
Honduras, 2-0, on Thursday night on goals in the last 20 minutes from French-based star Mevlut Erding
and Caner Erkin
The Catrachos, who faded in the second half, played six current or former MLS players. The game drew a crowd of 20,733 fans at Washington's RFK Stadium.