It was a game time decision for the U.S. men's national soccer team in Tuesday night's friendly against Azerbaijan, to pull Clint Dempsey from the starting line up.
Dempsey was experiencing soreness in his groin during the pre-game warm-up, and instead of risking any further injury, it was a last minute decision to sit him on the sidelines.
After the team had their final practice session at the Stanford University campus, U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann announced captain Dempsey would resume full training on Friday and will "definitely" start in Saturday's friendly against Turkey.
The team is currently in their "send-off series" as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil.
They will play Turkey June 1 in Harrison, New Jersey, and then Nigeria on June 7 in Jacksonville, Florida. Then, it's off to the World Cup.