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Soccer-World Cup places are up for grabs, says U.S. coach

By Kenny MacDonald

GLASGOW Nov 11 - U.S. coach Bruce Arena has warned
his squad they are playing for World Cup places in Saturday's
friendly match with Scotland at Hampden Park.

He is using the game to scrutinise his European-based
players before drawing up a player pool for the 2006 finals in
Germany.

"The U.S. have a lot of players who will be keen to show
what they can do at international level and that they want to be
here," Arena told reporters at a news conference following
training on Friday.

"Friendlies at this time of the year when players are coming
off club commitments can lead to some not giving their best
effort.

"But the U.S. players that will be stepping onto that field
are very hungry as there are World Cup places at stake."

"This is a great opportunity for me to look at players ahead
of the World Cup as I attempt to formulate my full 23-man
roster.

"The Scotland game will help me eliminate players from
consideration and improve the situation for others."

Fulham forward Brian McBride is ruled out with a groin
strain while Scotland will be without their skipper, Rangers
midfielder Barry Ferguson, who has a pelvic problem and Wigan
striker Lee McCulloch who was withdrawn with a knee injury.

West Ham United central defender Christian Dailly will wear
the captain's armband for Scotland.

Probable teams:

Scotland: Craig Gordon; Graham Alexander, Russell Anderson,
Steven Pressley, Andy Webster, Christian Dailly, Darren
Fletcher, Paul Hartley, Nigel Quashie, Shaun Maloney, Garry
O'Connor.

US: Kasey Keller; Gregg Berhalter, Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi
Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie
Gaven, Kerry Zavagnin, Brian Ching, Josh Wolff.