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US begins World Cup training camp in California

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014
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"This is World Cup preparation, this is building a foundation for hopefully a successful World Cup," he said. "It's a lot of work, it's doing our homework, it's fine-tuning a lot of elements there on the training field, getting a sense for the guys how they're taking it. To build every piece you're working on, whether it's tactical, whether it's technical, if it's chemistry-wise, improve it and build on it to make this team as strong as possible to go into this summer's World Cup.

"That foundation will be laid now in these two and a half weeks in Stanford and then we obviously go with it on the road to New York and Florida before we fly down to Sao Paulo."

With temperatures in the mid-90s Fahrenheit (mid-30s Celsius), team dietitian Danielle LaFata stressed hydration — and she has some experience with it given none of the U.S. players cramped up even once during Gold Cup play last July.

She had already strategized how to keep the players hydrated and fueled with nutritional drinks before and after training, preparing for each player's individual needs based on body weight and minutes. Especially for those traveling from Europe and dealing with hotter weather in addition to jet lag and general fatigue.

Beasley, for one, believes this is the best U.S. squad he has been a part of. The Americans are gearing up for their final three warmups before the Group G World Cup opener June 16 against Ghana in Natal.

"You should bet on us," Beasley said, chuckling. "You never know what happens. It's one game in a World Cup, whoever's better on that day will win. Simple as that."