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HOENDERLOO, Netherlands -- Louis van Gaals Netherlands team will likely play with five defenders at the World Cup, in a departure from his preferred 4-3-3 system thats been forced on him by the season-ending injury to key midfielder Kevin Strootman. Fred Warner Super Bowl Jersey . The AS Roma star injured his left knee in March, ruling him out of the tournament in Brazil. Van Gaal said Tuesday that "we do not have another Kevin Strootman in the Netherlands." The 62-year-old coach, who is widely expected to be the manager of Manchester United next season, has been experimenting in recent days with a new formation which he says may sound more defensive -- but will be executed according to the "Dutch school" of attacking football. That comment is likely an attempt to allay fears of Dutch fans who watched their greatest teams use the hallowed 4-3-3 system as the foundation of their "total football" philosophy. Van Gaal later named a preliminary 30-man squad Tuesday night that included four Feyenoord defenders who play the 5-3-2 system he is expected to use in Brazil. One of the biggest surprises was the absence of Paris Saint-Germain right back Gregory van der Wiel, a starter in the World Cup final four years ago. The squad, which has to be reduced to 23 players, includes six players from the 2010 World Cup final starting lineup. Van Gaal acknowledged it is a gamble trying to get many of his players to adopt the new system so soon before a major tournament. Most Dutch footballers grow up learning the 4-3-3 system and it has been the national teams preferred way of playing for years. "Its a big risk," Van Gaal told reporters at his teams secluded training camp in the central Netherlands. He added that he is not wedded to the new system and could easily revert to 4-3-3 during the tournament. He is expected to test the new system Saturday night in a friendly against Ecuador in Amsterdam. "It has to have a chance of succeeding," he said. "This coach wants to win." Van Gaal has been working for a week with a group of potential World Cup squad members, mainly defenders, while he waits for the seasons of overseas stars like Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben to finish. He said Van Persie and Robben are his two captains and are guaranteed a place in his starting lineup. He added that he has "more than five names" for his starting lineup for the Netherlands highly-charged World Cup opener on June 13 in Salvador, a repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 World Cup final which Spain won 1-0 in extra time. Van Gaal, who declined to comment on his possible move to Manchester, named a preliminary squad that mixed inexperience -- six players with only one international to their name and three making their debuts in the full international squad. The most experienced players include Netherlands top scorer Van Persie, Robben, 2010 World Cup joint top scorer Wesley Sneijder and midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. Surprise selections included uncapped 20-year-old Angola-born Feyenoord defender Terence Kongolo and his 19-year-old club teammate Tonny Vilhena. -------- Squad: Goalkeepers: Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Jasper Cillessen (AFC Ajax), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven). Defenders: Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Karim Rekik (PSV), Joel Veltman (AFC Ajax), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord). Midfielders: Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasary), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord). Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Jeremain Lens (Dinamo Kyiv), Memphis Depay (PSV), Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Quincy Promes (FC Twente). Dre Greenlaw Super Bowl Jersey . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. Richard Sherman Super Bowl Jersey . -- Josh MacDonalds second goal of the game kept his team alive as the Peterborough Petes edged the host Kingston Frontencas 6-5 in overtime on Friday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.MILWAUKEE -- Jim Henderson got the big out, and made the big play. Henderson pitched a scoreless inning of relief, getting a Andrew McCutchen to pop out and applying the tag on a runner cut down at home in the eighth, as Milwaukee ran its winning streak to eight with a 3-2 victory against Pittsburgh on Saturday night. With runners on first and third and one out, McCutchen hit a towering popup behind home plate. Lucroy made the catch and Travis Snider attempted to tag up from first, but Lucroy alertly threw to shortstop Jean Segura covering the bag. As Snider retreated toward first, Starling Marte broke for home but was tagged out by Henderson (1-0) covering the plate to end the inning. "My focus was just to get my glove out in front of the plate. I actually really didnt know where I was positioned on the plate," Henderson said. "Im glad I covered home in the first place. Some pitchers just hang out by the mound." After making the tag and recording an extremely rare 2-6-1 double play, Henderson spiked the ball to the ground as he left the field. "It was in the moment and McCutchen is always a tough out for me," Henderson said. Lucroy said he broke to cover the plate but backed off when he saw Henderson was already there. "That was a really weird play but its got to be the top play. It was awesome," Lucroy said. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Snider breaking from first base planned. "Its a play that we have in place that we work on all spring that won us a ball game last year. We tag at first, draw the throw to second and then send the runner from third. Marte breaks on the throw, they had to make a baseball play. We tried to steal a run," Hurdle said. Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff homer and Lucroy drove in the tiebreaking run with an eighth-inning single. Gomez got Milwaukee started with a 432-foot drive to centre field off Edinson Volquez, and Khris Davis scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 inn the second. Jerry Rice Super Bowl Jersey. . Pittsburgh tied it in the third on Starling Martes groundout and Travis Sniders single, snapping Yovani Gallardos scoreless streak to start the season at 14 2-3 innings. Gallardo struck out Pedro Alvarez to end the inning with two runners in scoring position. The right-hander then held the Pirates scoreless over the next three innings, striking out the side in the fifth. Lucroy singled to right in the eighth to drive in Ryan Braun, who slid in ahead of the throw to the plate. Francisco Rodriguez got his fourth save in four attempts. Gallardo went six innings, giving up two runs and six hits. He struck out six and walked one. He is 11-4 in his career against the Pirates. Volquez, making his second start of the season along with one relief appearance, gave up two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two. The Pirates threatened in the sixth when Andrew McCutchen doubled with one out and moved to third on a groundout. Gallardo struck out Russell Martin looking to end the inning. The Brewers (9-2) put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh against Volquez. Tony Watson retired the next two batters to keep the score tied. The Brewers broke through in the eighth. One-out singles by Braun and Aramis Ramirez off reliever Mark Melancon (0-1) put runners on first and second for Lucroy. Gomezs home run was the lone extra-base hit for the Brewers. Doubles by McCutchen and Travis Ishikawa accounted for the Pirates only extra-base hits. NOTES: McCutchen was back in the lineup after being lifted in the eighth inning of Friday nights game with a sore ankle. ... Gomez received his 2013 Gold Glove before the game. He was the first Brewers player to win a Gold Glove since shortstop Robin Yount in 1982. ... It was Gomezs second leadoff homer of the season. ... Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (1-1) faces RHP Charlie Morton (0-0) in the series finale Sunday. ' ' '