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Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 06/02/2011

News & notes for U.S. friendly vs. Spain

*The U.S. squad arrived in Foxborough tonight after a week of training in Cary, N.C. With midfielder Benny Feilhaber (ankle injury) not expected to recover in time for the Gold Cup and not part of the team delegation, late arrival Alejandro Bedoya seems set to take his place on the 23-man roster. However, the move wouldn’t be made until after the Spain friendly Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Although he hasn’t officially been added to the Gold Cup list, Bedoya could end up playing in the Spain match since it is an independent event. Eighteen of 23 players will suit up and six substitutions are permitted — expect Bob Bradley to use all of them and, with the Gold Cup opener just three days later, carefully manage minutes. While we’d all like to see a full-strength lineup for the full 90 against the reigning world champions, the reality is that there is a tournament of consequence on the horizon.

*Ticket sales for Saturday’s match have reached 60,000, organizers said. Capacity for this event is around 68,000. No word on the ticket count for Tuesday’s Gold Cup opener against Canada in Detroit. Meantime, only a few thousand tickets have been purchased for the USA women’s World Cup send-off match against Mexico on Sunday at Red Bull Arena (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

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*Kickoff for USA-Spain is set for 4:41 p.m. (ESPN, Univision), but if you have tickets, plan accordingly. Traffic delays on Route 1 leading to the stadium are notorious for major events at Gillette.

*Natural grass has been installed over the artificial turf with a playing surface measuring 117 yards long by 74 wide.

*Game-time weather outlook: 70 degrees and sunny.

*The United States will wear red-and-blue uniforms, Spain all white with red-and-yellow trim.

*Spain trained for about 90 minutes at the Gillette practice field Thursday. About 75 reporters, photographers and cameramen, most from Spain, were in attendance. Also observing were former Spain defender Fernando Hierro, the Spanish federation’s outgoing sporting director, and former U.S. World Cup captain Claudio Reyna, the USSF’s youth soccer technical director. Both teams will practice inside Gillette late in the day Friday. Admission is $20/$25.

*Asked about the FIFA and CONCACAF chaos that unfolded this week, USSF President Sunil Gulati told the Insider he didn’t want to comment at this time. He is expected to answer questions in the coming days.

*Induction ceremonies for the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame's class of 2011 — Eddie Pope, Earnie Stewart, Cobi Jones, Bruce Murray and Bob Gansler — will take place at noon Saturday at Showcase Live on the stadium property.

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