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Morning Kickaround

*The USA roster for this Sunday's World Cup qualifying opener against Barbados at Home Depot Center will be unveiled today on ESPN2 after the Spain-Russia Euro match and before the Sweden-Greece game. So sometime between 2 and 2:30 ET.

*A final update on the VIP list at Giants Stadium for the USA-Argentina friendly: Spike Lee did not show, but among the spectators were Drew Carey, New Jersey's governor and two senators, the president of Standard & Poor's, the dean of Columbia's business school and, last but not least, the CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond.

*I asked USA Coach Bob Bradley whether, in the wake of three scoreless efforts, he is concerned about the forward position and if he is looking for fresh scoring options, such as Kenny Cooper:

"We are always looking. One of the most difficult things is when a player is showing something, say in MLS. We are watching all the games right now and then knowing the timing of moving him into the team. The January camp every year gives us great opportunities for that. Kenny was in the January camp in 2007, he got injured, he has had a good start [this season]. We actually brought Kenny and Drew Moor in [after they played for Dallas at New England on Friday night in Foxborough] to cover ourselves, but everybody else was ready to play tonight. As a team, we look to see if we are creating chances. When you play against a team like England and Spain, especially away, you don't expect you are going to get a dozen chances in those games. You are going to get a couple. We had a couple in those games. We still feel there is a lot of improvement to be done in terms of just understanding, timing, the right pass at the right time, and just pure finishing. It gets worked on with the players that are in and there is a constant eye for other players that we think are ready to step in and challenge for positions."

*The U.S. Open Cup first round, as well as one final MLS play-in game, is on tap tonight. Click here for the complete schedule.

*Mexican keeper Oswaldo Sanchez was arrested in Chicago.

*Peru's Nolberto Solano to MLS, and particularly to Chicago? Seems far-fetched.
*A local activist pens his support for a D.C. United stadium at Poplar Point.

*Let's chat tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Finally, y'all saw the USA-ARG match on Sunday night. Now here's some classic video of previous encounters between the sides:


By Steve Goff  |  June 10, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
 
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