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U.S. could exploit weakness in Spanish defense

Spain's Sergio Ramos, left, Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt, center,

Spain's Sergio Ramos, left, Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt, center, and Spain's Gerard Pique vie for the ball during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg. (July 11, 2010) Credit: AP

In tomorrow’s friendly against Spain, the U.S. team might be able to capitalize on a possible team chemistry malfunction among the Spanish players. But Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says the recent The Madrid v. Barcelona derbies that featured Spanish teamates cursing and pushing eachother is now in the past.

“There is a good feeling on the field and in the locker room. I don’t see those league games getting in the way of what needs to get done against the United States and Venezuela,” del Bosque said today after a evening team practice at Gillete Stadium.

But in a practice scrimmage today at Gillete Stadium, the passing and covering between defenders Gerard Pique of Barcelona and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid on the right side of the field seemed a bit tentative. Also, Ramos seemed as aggressive as ever in launching into an attacking position. 

If Clint Dempsey is positioned on that side, he might be able to exploit the vulnerable left between Ramos and Pique.

Spain will finish its mini-friendly schedule against Venezuela next week, while the U.S. is looking at its Spain match to fine tune-up for the upcoming Gold Cup matches.

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