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Olympic Outlook [updated]

[updated at bottom with training camp roster]

U.S. under-23 coach Peter Nowak has finalized a 24-man roster for Olympic qualifying training camp, which opens this weekend in Bradenton, Fla. Expect an announcement later today. From what I understand, seven non-MLS players have been invited to camp, including Mexican league defender Michael Orozco (San Luis). You probably will NOT see Jonathan Spector and Michael Bradley on today's list; Freddy Adu, on the other hand, might be on it since he is not as critical to his club as his two compatriots.

The 20 players who will be named to the final qualifying roster will not necessarily come from the 24 on this list. Players such as Bradley, Spector and others could be added before the tournament begins. (Teams have until 48 hours prior to their first match to finalize personnel, so Nowak can wait until March 9 to include players not in the initial camp because of club conflicts.)

Make sense?

Here is the preliminary list:

GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Esbjerg fB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS: Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Mike Randolph (L.A. Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC).
MIDFIELDERS: Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96).
FORWARDS: Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake).

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2008; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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And finally the cold sweats and uncontrolled trembling begin to subside...

Posted by: wisc ave | February 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I suppose Nowak doesn't have to name his over 23 players until the 48 hour deadline, right?

Posted by: TCompton | February 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

No over-23 players until the actual Olympics.

Posted by: Goff | February 26, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know we had anybody playing in Mexico. Who would that be?

Posted by: Matte | February 26, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Sammy Ochoa?

Posted by: Hmmm... | February 26, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Michael Orozco (just added his name to the thread)

Posted by: Goff | February 26, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Are the qualifying games on international fixture dates? Do teams release players for U-23 qualifying regularly, or should we not expect to see Bradley et al. until the actual Olympics, assuming we make qualify.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | February 26, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Steve, heard anything about when/who will be on the Poland match roster?

Posted by: tex | February 26, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Teams do not have to release players for qlympic qualifying. If we see Bradley in the qualifiers its because Heerenveen is doing the US a favor.

Posted by: dwbpnm | February 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Olympic soccer zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: Kev | February 26, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

21 days to the first home match!

Posted by: Curious | February 26, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Oly qualifying does not fall under the fixture date rules, so club are not obligated to release players.

Olympic soccer is not the World Cup -- not even close because of the age restriction -- but South American teams (among others) take it very seriously, which means strong rosters from Brazil and Argentina.

USA roster for the March 26 Poland game will be available around March 20, I'd guess.

Posted by: Goff | February 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I disagree Kev. Olympic soccer can be fun. I remember sitting in the middle of the Iraqi cheering section when they played Yugoslavia in Annapolis. The first half was tremendous. Iraq was up 3-0 at half and the crowd was going wild. Put Bara Brava to shame.

It got progressively quieter as the second half went on. You could have heard a pin drop when the whistle was blown to a 3-4 Iraqi loss. We won't talk about what happened to the players when their post Olympic tour was cut short and they were required to return to Iraq.

Olympic soccer may not be played at the same technical level as the premier league but it has all the passion (maybe more) and can be quite enjoyable.

Posted by: Curious | February 26, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, for the first time in Insider history, I'm shutting down the comments. Thanks to the 6-year-olds who ruined it for everyone today (their posts have been deleted). Back later with a new thread. Maybe.


Goff, thanks for all you do! I know from personal experience that the most frustrating part of moderating a blog (or PTA listserve in my case) can be the inane and offensive comments posted by people who really ought to know better. Thanks for putting up with it as much as you do.

Posted by: Curious | February 26, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"El Gringo"! He looked good in last weekends's match against Club America.

Posted by: T. Henry | February 26, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Love you Goff! I second the above posted thanks!

Posted by: JS | February 26, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Anyone's guess as to the three over 23 players Nowak might choose if we were to qualify?

Posted by: d | February 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

My guess would be Gooch and Boca for the D and everywhere else I can't really think of any over 23 players that are big upgrades

Posted by: Skyler | February 26, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

And who is most likely to start at GK from the list above?

Posted by: silentbob | February 26, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Chris Seitz

Posted by: Skyler | February 26, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

get chad barrett off that list and it's a pretty solid team.

Posted by: pat | February 26, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Howard might get the nod for the last over-23 spot.

Nice list; we could do much worse, and it will only get better with the other possible Euro inclusions...

Posted by: Edward | February 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Olympic soccer? Hard to tell how this squad plus the overs will gell. Should be a good indicator for future USMNTs. We certainly should qualify. Not like last time. The Mexicans will be more than decent but the other Confed foes are always questionable.

Posted by: sbg | February 26, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

feilhaber... interesting

Posted by: ben | February 26, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

is there any talk of including or even looking at Jesus Padilla? I'm not sure how well he's playing for Chivas or if he's even decided on which country he'd like to represent....

Actually now that i think about it, a call up to the US team would probably be disastrous for his professional career at Chivas.

Posted by: jamie | February 26, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Kamani Hill, last I checked was a forward, possibly a midfielder, not a defender.

Posted by: SFTony | February 26, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Nowak was using Hill as a right back during some scrimmages last month

Posted by: Mike | February 26, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

BARRETT!!! Bad scoring ability(except in playoff games) and bad season ending memories. God I can't wait for this season to come so I can forget about last year.

If Barrett can learn how to put the ball in the net, he has the other tools to become a top-flight player.

Posted by: United fury | February 26, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

what about danny szetela? He could do with a runout, and wasn't half bad in Canada last summer, as I recall...

Posted by: northzax | February 26, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Danny has been in every Brescia bench since he's moved there. He's only played a few minutes, but I think they want him around for the time being. We're not exactly thing at CM so I think it's prudent to allow him to develop in his new club if he's going to stay in the first team. They're fighting for promotion and are currently in the final playoff spot iirc.

Posted by: CommonSense | February 26, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

thank god this thread didn't meltdown into nonsense and get shut down like the last one. (foolishness)

As a Fire fan, I can tell you that it's a travesty that Chad Barrett is on the Olympic team. He is HORRIBLE. I really wish we'd cut all ties with him.
I refuse to believe that there isn't a U-20 or U-17 player with more skill who could step in for Chadwick instead.

Posted by: papa bear | February 26, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Eddie Gaven's under 23...

Posted by: Eric B | February 26, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Why is Edu listed as a defender?

Posted by: CY | February 26, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm just glad to see all these players from other MLS East Teams, and not one from United (what? no love for Jeff Carrol?)

for the sarcasm impaired, yes, that was a joke. We don't have anyone who has earned a shot as a U-23, a healthy Ben Olsen would be the perfect candidate for an overage spot, but I don't want to see him leave us.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 26, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Ben, is his wife really expecting?

Posted by: dadryan | February 26, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Why no Johan Smith? Is he still injured?

Posted by: Metzeng | February 27, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Tally Hall! Gotta love that name...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | February 27, 2008 12:33 AM | Report abuse

feilhaber... interesting

Not really.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

No Guzan!?

Posted by: Theo | February 27, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Still no exciting we even have the capability of developing a world class striker?

Posted by: BK | February 27, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Altidore is still only 17, give the kid a few years before claiming we have no exciting forwards with the ability of becoming a World Class Striker. If he signs with a decent club after turning 18 and can be mentored by someone like Thierry Henry, we'll be in great shape.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 27, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Altidore is 18

Posted by: B-Ville | February 27, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

will any of the following make the final Olympic team should they make it?

Maurice Edu
Lee Nguyen
Danny Szetela
Johann Smith
Steve Purdy
Neven Subotic
Adam Cristman
Preston Zimmerman
Gabriel Ferrari
Bryan Arguez

Posted by: anon | February 27, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

oAnon's list is pretty impressive. That would be a helluva team. Of course, there's a mistake there, in that Edu IS on the roster, but the other s are not, and each should improve the team. MOst of the names are guys who've played for national teams -- either the U-17 or or U-20. If nothing else it's an almost equally compelling alternative roster (minus a goalie). Subotic might be the most interesting case, as he is supposedly developiong nicely in the German 2nd division -- and he might someday get an invite from Bosnia. Aside from Edu, Subotic may be the only one that could start (the defensejust isn't that impressive), but the others could easily supplant some of the MLSers on the bench.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | February 27, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

what happened to sammy ochoa is he still playing with tecos he was supposed to one of the us stars.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 15, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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