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USA to play Sao Paulo on Thursday in World Cup preparation

Ganso will be part of the opposition for the USA on Thursday
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As part of their initial preparations for this summer's World Cup, the USA are set to play in a friendly fixture against Sao Paulo on Thursday behind closed doors.

Jurgen Klinsmann's charges will play two matches on their January tour of Brazil in a bid to get used to the surroundings they'll be facing come June.

With experienced Brazilian players in the guise of Luis Fabiano and Paolo Henrique Ganso, the Tricolor will be sure to provide a stiff test for the Americans, as well as enabling them to prepare for the start of the Campeonato Brasileiro.

Klinsmann told soccer.si.com: "We are excited about getting down to Sao Paulo and continuing the work. This is a huge opportunity to get to know our environment for the World Cup."

USA will have to escape one of the toughest draws at this year's tournament, facing up in Group G against the coach's countrymen Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 quarter finalists Ghana.


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