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Great Salt Lake

Greetings from sizzlin-hot Utah -- yes, it's going to be 99 degrees today and 99 degrees tomorrow. The footballers are going to love playing on the cool, refreshing artificial turf this weekend. Ahhhhh.....

Made my way from Chicago very early this morning to Salt Lake City via Denver. Unfortunately, no wireless Internet on Greyhound (er, Southwest Airlines), so I've had to keep to myself (and the kind flight attendants) what I heard before departure:

Bobby Boswell and Ben Olsen have been called up for Copa America and will join the national team Sunday/Monday before heading to Venezuela. The official announcement from the USSF will come later this afternoon. I have no other roster confirmations -- sorry.

So with Boswell and Olsen leaving for at least two MLS matches and Moreno already gone, how should United adjust its lineup?

Also, take a peek at Argentina's roster. It's, um, pretty good.

By Steve Goff  |  June 22, 2007; 1:17 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Aren't we supposed to be rebuilding the USMNT during these tournaments? Why is Ben being selected? I don't deny that he deserves credit for his good form of late, but is he really in contention for a spot on the team for qualifiers and the WC? Really?

Posted by: SoyManya! | June 22, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Bobby Boswell and Ben Olsen have been called up for Copa America and will join the national team Sunday/Monday before heading to Venezuela."

Wondering how many curses will emanate from office cubicles in the coming hours after reading the above... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | June 22, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

And bobby's kinda slow for the international game... IMHO.

Posted by: SoyManya! | June 22, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Basile: Do I go with Messi and Crespo, then bring in Tevez off the bench?

versus

Bradley: Do I go with EJ and Ching and bring in Twellman off the bench?

I wish the US had one good natural striker. That game could get seriously ugly for us.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 22, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else see that CBS guy's column slamming DC's pro sports scene?

On soccer:

"Soccer and women's basketball are novelties to Washingtonians, sort of like the few remaining healthy animals at the National Zoo."

http://cbs.sportsline.com/print/spin/story/10230805

[response withheld due to profanity and spittle]

Posted by: Anonymous | June 22, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

We need another defender ASAP!!

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | June 22, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I think argentina might have a slight edge here.

Sheesh. Can we trade most favored nation status for tevez?

Posted by: Tom | June 22, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

How about:

"Bobby, meet Lionel. I hope you brought your notebook, because you will be getting schooled today."

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 22, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Les vamos a llenar la canasta de huevos... por lo menos una docena!

Posted by: Christian Gomez | June 22, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This US/Argentina match is shaping up to potentially be like the US/Portugal match from WC2002.

Or maybe it will be more like the US/Czech Republic match from WC2006.

Either way, it's worth tuning in to find out.

Posted by: Tim | June 22, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

DCU lineup adjustments:

McTavish for Boswell - he played well last week.

Winger by committee for Olsen - Casal is gone for a bit, so I'd use a combination of Moose and DeRoux (and Casal when he gets back). Moose seems like a great off-the-bench at the 70th minute player, so maybe go with Deroux to start.

I dont like Dyachenko on the wing, and Gros is finally settling into his position on the backline. Simms is very much not a wide-player and shouldnt be starting there.

Can Kpene play on the wing or is he just a forward/striker?

I still want to see Fred play behind Emilio as a withdrawn forward, in tandem with Gomez. Like playing a 4-3-2-1.

Posted by: the cheat | June 22, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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The official announcement from the USSF will come later this afternoon. I have no other roster confirmations -- sorry.
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You better be sorry.

Come on Goff, we know you've got them and have been sworn not to scoop US Soccer's official announcement.

Well forget them, and just give us the info.

Posted by: Really Unknown? | June 22, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Got nothin' for ya....sorry.....

Posted by: Goff | June 22, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Sir Goff: if you are returning through Denver airport and you want to "have more options" for wi-fi, go right up next to the United first class lounge (whatever it's called) and you can use T-Mobile... if you have a T-Mobile account, of course.

Posted by: uclacarlos | June 22, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Rofl @ LeesburgFan post.

Here's the thing: Argentina's roster is frightening, and so is ours. But think about the potential-- if we somehow manage even a draw, we have license to celebrate like we never did during the WC. If we lose, we fulfill everyone's expectations.

Posted by: QJA | June 22, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, that Argentine team looks kinda weak. I mean, I don't think any of those guys have the heart and skill and lightening speed of Lando (Mr. Calrissian), or Jeff Agoos' finishing ability... What do you mean the Goose isn't playing?

Can we start the game with a game of Red Rover? ...to even it out a bit.

Red Rover, Red Rover I call Riquelme on over.

Posted by: bribri | June 22, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If the National Team plays like it did last night it will be a short and ugly Copa America.

Posted by: Jesse | June 22, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me Bobby and co. handled Bravo and his Chivas crew pretty well. While they aren't Argentina, Bobby will be just fine.

Bench Gooch.

Posted by: delantero | June 22, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

If they play like they did against Canada it could get ugly for US.

Posted by: Jesse | June 22, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

If they play like they did against Canada it could get ugly for US.

Posted by: Jesse | June 22, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I figure that we need to either win Group C or get a Best or 2nd Best Third Place finish. If we come in second in our group we would then likely play Brazil in the Semis.

Posted by: Jesse | June 22, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

And I wouldn't worry about a CBS guy's comments. He's just that "some CBS guy."

Clearly he's cerebral cortex isn't fully developed.

Posted by: delant | June 22, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

correction, "his cerebral cortex"

My medulla oblongata was off.

Posted by: d | June 22, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of an opportunity. Two players that won't sniff the 2010 roster in Namoff & Olsen get that experience. Whatever. Beyond stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 22, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

just wrote mr cbs guy a little note. I think the south Florida sun has him a little too baked.

Posted by: SF59 | June 22, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Who else are you going to bring? The European players need a break, especially after the Gold Cup. The younger guys are in Canada for the World Cup (wow, are they going to get booooed now!). Remember, this tournament was the less important of the two.

Posted by: RK | June 22, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I feel like the US may suffer its worst defeat in its history. I could see a scoreline somewhere like 6-0 Argentina. Bob Bradley and the US have no idea what they are about to get themselves into. The only way I see the US beating Argetina, is if God is watching, and allows the same miracle that happened in 1980 against the Soviets in the winter olympics, to happen again. Will Bradley call in Giuessepe Rossi? Pay the kid whatever he wants, we need his goal scoring. As for United, if we don't beat RSL by more then 2 goals I will be real disappointed.

Posted by: DC United Fan | June 22, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Soccer and women's basketball are novelties to Washingtonians, sort of like the few remaining healthy animals at the National Zoo."
Haha - no one follows soccer in America. You're so right! At least, you know, no more than hockey. Wait - more people go to DC United games than Capitals games on a regular basis? No, you're right, it's a laughing stock. Winning ten domestic and international titles in 10 years is a joke. I'd rather fawn over Butterstick than watch soccer.

Posted by: Boss T | June 22, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

So DC's got a nice mix (old and young) of players on International duty:

US MNT (Copa America): Olsen, Boswell
US U20 (U20 World Cup): Arguez
Bolivia MNT (Copa America): Moreno
Nigeria U20 (U20 World Cup): Casal

Obvious the absenses of Arguez and Casal do not have as big of impact as the others, but it does hurt their opportunity to stake their claim to a starting position.

Without Moreno, Olsen, or Boswell, I think we'll see a the following line-up.

Defense: Namoff, Erpen, McTavish, Gros.
Bench options: Simms, Burch, Wilson (S.G. what's his health status?)

Midfield: Fred, Gomez, Carroll, Moose
Bench options: DeRoux, Burch, Simms, Dyachenko

Forward: Emilio, Dyachenko
Bench options: Kpene, Addlery, new guy? (forget his name)

Posted by: TCompton | June 22, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Wait - more people go to DC United games than Capitals games on a regular basis? No, you're right, it's a laughing stock."

Yes, and no one is laughing at hockey (and the lowest ever rating in primetime history)?? It was a pretty funny line, no big deal.

Posted by: Kev | June 22, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think we'll see a lot of Emilio up front on his own, with support from Fred and Gomez.

Posted by: Kev | June 22, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Good for Olsen. Even when building for the future, a team needs some veteran leadership from guys like him. Bradley's doing a good job integrating a lot of new players. I'm surprised by Boswell's selection because he's had some really poor outings this year. With only a few days to prepare, it's not feasible to bring in players who haven't been called into a camp recently.

Beating Mexico Sunday and a good showing in CA this summer will be a great tonic for last summer's disappointment.

Posted by: Andrew | June 22, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's rough. But it would have been much, MUCH worse had we lost Namoff too.

Posted by: asfoolasiam | June 22, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

So, Braca was finally able to land T. Henry for $32 million. They will be real tough to beat next season. My question is how will Riikjard (sp?) be able to play Henry, Eto'o, Messi, and Ronaldinho all at the same time. Maybe this singles the end of Eto'o at the Camp.

Posted by: DC United Fan | June 22, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

As for the USMNT, I haven't watched a bit of the Gold Cup, so I don't know how individuals are performing, but I'd like for Bradley to keep his young guys on the Gold Cup roster for Copa America (with the exception of Michael Bradley who will be with the U20s).

I think he should send players like Donovan, Mastroeni, Hejduk, and Ralston back to their clubs. They should be replaced with experienced players like Olsen (or even Mathis). For the games, I'd like to see another mix of youth and veteran experience.

As for Rossi... give up on him. He hasn't shown a bit of interest to wear the US shirt, especially since he's with the Italian U21(?) team right now... well, he just got red carded with the Italian team anyway.

Posted by: TCompton | June 22, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

OK, serious post. I think Fred will stay in his normal spot. He's finally looking comfortable there, so the coaches won't be inclined to change it until later in the year. I'd love to see Dyanchenko or Kpene play the withdrawn forward, but pushed wide on the opposite side of Fred to give more room to Emilio and Gomito.

If we try to pack the middle against Colorado and KC without Moreno, Olsen, and Boswell, then we could drop 2 straight very easily. They both beat us early this year by abusing our wide mids and defenders. Thankfully we've switched to 4 in back to help out. I'd love to see Burch get the start in back against RSL before that however. Since he's our depth, it would be good to get a real game with the first team under his belt.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | June 22, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Argentina didn't call up Gomito??? They're screwed! We're gonna walk all over 'em;)

Posted by: Dave the Wave | June 22, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Losing Boswell is fine as McTavish will learn a lot and Erpen is fine as a CD.

Olsen leaves a hole which we DCU fans hope one of the subs fills. I'd give Moosie first shot. Being the time of the year that it is its a good time for experimentation anyway.

Posted by: ursula | June 22, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I say United refuse to release Boswell and Olsen as staying in DC will be just as much of a help to the US team.

Posted by: Drew-ROC, NY | June 22, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Steven,

About the only half-way decent Italian restaurant apart from some of the good hotels there in SLC is Reno's. He grows his own tomatoes nearby.

Posted by: Vladimir | June 22, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind losing Boswell because the experience will be good for him. Not saying that he should or is likely to start against Argentina, but trying to stop the likes of Messi and Tevez would be a good experience. Marking the Chris Rolfes and Eddie Johnsons of MLS will be like training ground stuff in comparison when he gets back.

TCompton - Donovan needs to be on the Copa America roster, because someone like him has to be challenged by the best competition if the US is to improve. Bradley needs to try to coax the best out of Lando so that he doesn't disappear when the big games that matter roll around during qualifying/2010. No matter how much I and so many others hate his little wrist-kissing routines and unwillingness to test himself abroad, he's the key.

Posted by: G-Dub | June 22, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bribri | June 22, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I second, that Donovan MUST be on the Copa America squad. He is our most creative player, and as long as he does not whiff on more shots, he should lead us down in Venezuela.

Posted by: DC United Fan | June 22, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

When is the fricking CA roster going to be annonunced?! I wanna know who my rommie will be!

Posted by: Bobby Boswell | June 22, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

About the only half-way decent Italian restaurant apart from some of the good hotels there in SLC is Reno's. He grows his own tomatoes nearby.

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Many thanks!

Posted by: Goff | June 22, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Argentina didn't call up Erpen.

Posted by: Chris K | June 22, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"When is the fricking CA roster going to be annonunced?!"

Come on Bobby, you should know that Bradley has until the end of the Gold Cup to announce his roster... everyone knows that!

Posted by: TCompton | June 22, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay, it is after 4:00, who is on the Copa America squad?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 22, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

With Henry, and Etoo, Gudjohnsen and Saviola are as good as gone...they are "now seemingly surplus to requirements".

Posted by: RK | June 22, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

With Henry and Etoo, Gudjohnsen and Saviola are as good as gone...they are "now seemingly surplus to requirements".

Posted by: RK | June 22, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

As if Barca was having a golden age before...

Posted by: QJA | June 22, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

hmm, ussoccer.com seems to be down...

Posted by: northzax | June 22, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

You know, I see the comments about Facú and Gomito, but I can't believe the Argentines didn't call up Filomeno!!! (Or Mario Gori!)

I think at this point the best hope is that Argentina looks at how badly the US is playing in the Gold Cup and figures they don't have anything to worry about. And by badly I mean, oh forget it.

Posted by: Lost in BA | June 22, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

IMHO we are going to seriously miss having Olsen on the pitch. His leadership and the way he rattles opposing teams is good. My guess is that Bradley called them up because Nowak pointed out they have experience playing in hostile environs in latin american countries. And seriously, the MNT's are in need of some leadership on the pitch. This whole Gold Cup it is though they have given up playing when the 60 minute mark roles around. Olsen and Boswell, even if they come in late, will help keep the focus and intensity up to the end. How many United matches have we seen where they either pull it out in the end, or are still seeking goals n stoppage time? Remember the equaliser against Guadalajara Chivas in stoppage time at RFK this year? These guys will be good for the team. Sure, Olsen will not play in the 2010 World Cup, but Bradley is probably trying to avoid serious embarassment against Argentina aand others at Copa America. Look on the brightside, Boswell will get awesome experience that will only help us, and Olsen could be in even better form when he gets back.

Posted by: BAS | June 22, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Krikey! How could Bocanegra not be given a red for that!!!!??

Posted by: delantero | June 22, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

So here is an interesting omission - the US is not included in the Copa America's official website...

http://www.copamerica-2007.com.ve/index.asp?conten=equipos

Posted by: Lost in BA | June 22, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

But the are listed in the Terra site linked to the Conmebol homepage...

http://www.copaamerica.com/default.asp?pag=home

Posted by: SoyManya! | June 22, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

RE: CBS guy. Kornheiser should sue him for uncredited use of "Les Boulez."

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 22, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Great Pizza if you need a place to eat.

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana, 260 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City

Posted by: Mario and Luigi | June 22, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Califf?

Posted by: B.A. | June 22, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I guarantee you that if Ben Olsen is brought into the game in the 80th minute, there will be no late-game intensity lapse.

Posted by: Robert | June 22, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Titled: Copa America Definitive Fixture Approved... http://www.conmebol.com/articulos_ver.jsp?id=60358&slangab=S

My guess is the http://www.copamerica-2007.com.ve/index.asp?conten=equipos site is a Venezuelan soccer federation site that doesn't want to ruffle the Dictator's feathers...

Posted by: Christian Gomez | June 22, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Late game intensity lapse? Is that when the argies score their 6th and 7th goals? If they come in in good form, this could be really ugly...

Posted by: Northzax | June 22, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_950276.html

Beckerman, Kyle
Bornstein, Jonathan
Boswell, Bobby
Califf, Danny
Clark, Ricardo
Conrad, Jimmy
Davies, Charlie
DeMerit, Jay
Feilhaber, Benny
Gaven, Eddie
Gomez, Herculez
Guzan, Brad
Johnson, Eddie
Keller, Kasey
Kljestan, Sacha
Mapp, Justin
Moor, Drew
Nguyen, Lee
Olsen, Ben
Pearce, Heath
Twellman, Taylor
Wynne, Marvell

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 22, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Che, no se que decir... pero con ese plantel les vamos poner 2 docenas en la canasta!

Posted by: Christian Gomez | June 22, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Sweet sweet Jesus, Argentina is going to spank the USA like never before. Our European players didn't want anything to do with this tournament? LOOK AT WHO IS PLAYING FOR ARGENTINA FOR FS!!! WOW! Bob Bradley is either going to come out of this a legend or a scapegoat. I pray for legend... but everything tells me we are losing to Mexico in the Gold Cup and are going to get embarrassed in Venezuela.

Posted by: Felix | June 22, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

donovan is creative, yea creative in his ability to be soft and not attack the goal
boswell will get torched by argentina

Posted by: jay | June 23, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

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