No secrets here, Jozy Altidore will start against England Saturday. Altidore sprained his right ankle June 2 during training, and missed last week's exhibition win over Australia. He resumed full training Tuesday, but coach Bob Bradley said Friday that the staff always felt Altidore's injury was "minor." Bradley made the initial announcement about Altidore during a radio interview - quite a contrast to England coach Fabio Capello, who said he won't disclose his starting lineup until two hours before Saturday night's kickoff.

"I got asked the question and I just felt at that point Jozy is starting," Bradley said after the U.S. team's training session at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

"I thought we could give one name out. There will be no more," he said, smiling as reporters laughed.

Elephant walk

The U.S. team was delayed twice Friday when elephants blocked the road, the second backup coming as the squad was traveling to its training session at Royal Bafokeng Stadium. The elephant was munching on a tree as the Americans left the Bakubung Bush Lodge. It moved off the road shortly. Earlier, a bus carrying players to a market at the entrance to the team hotel got stuck behind an elephant.


First round

At Port Elizabeth

South Korea vs. Greece, 7:30 a.m., ESPN

At Johannesburg,

Ellis Park

Argentina vs. Nigeria,

10 a.m., ESPN

At Rustenburg

England vs. United States, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 7

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