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La Habana Bound

Over the next couple days, you will probably start to hear names of players being invited to USA training camp for the upcoming Cuba and T&T qualifiers.

Here's the deal: A very preliminary list of about three dozen players is floating around, but the real, streamlined roster will be not unveiled until Thursday at the earliest. There is also the possibility of changes pending this weekend's European and MLS matches. We also know that defender Steve Cherundolo is out because of a red card and midfielder Pablo Mastroeni hurt his hamstring the other night and perhaps is in jeopardy.

That said, based on what you saw in Guatemala and weighing the demands of consecutive qualifiers with club pressures, who would you like to see added to the roster for the Sept. 6 match in Havana and four days later at Bridgeview? Cooper? Adu? Altidore? Others?

By Steve Goff  |  August 26, 2008; 12:03 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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yup, you said it already. cooper, adu, altidore. oh, and absolutely positively no EJ . . .

Posted by: jeff | August 26, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

kenny cooper!!!

Posted by: kcbaby | August 26, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Goff - any word on when tickets are going to go on sale for the Cuba match at RFK?

Posted by: pat | August 26, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Definitely Cooper, would also like to see Kljestan and Davies. Leave Adu, Altidore and Edu with their new clubs to get settled.

Posted by: Eugene | August 26, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Based on what I saw from Guatemala, I'd like to see Chuck The Iceman Liddell on the roster.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 26, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Orozco even though hey blew it in the olympics. liked what i saw in the kid

Posted by: henry | August 26, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Huckerby!

Posted by: EssEff | August 26, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Kobe!

Posted by: 2fast4u | August 26, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Neven Subotic. I realize he has not committed to the US, but perhaps this can give him the push he needs. the kid has huge upside.

Posted by: Just wishing... | August 26, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

RFK tix on sale in the next week or two.

Also, it appears the start time has been changed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate TV. I am checking on it.....

Posted by: Goff | August 26, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

All the guys mentioned above; but can we leave Bradley at home? He's getting worse with age.

Posted by: Flipper | August 26, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

i think they should leave most the europeans that need work with thier clubs,if possible. For example, i think that Adu and Altidore should stay with thier clubs. Adu needs to make inroads and with the hurt strikeforce of jozys team he might have a shot. I also don't see either of these games being super difficult.

Posted by: EDB | August 26, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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with club pressures
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These are Fifa International Match Dates (on Sept 6-10).

I don't understand why "club pressures" should factor in at all to the roster that Bradley (or any national team coach anywhere) calls in for these WC Qualifying matches.

MLS needs a better schedule, if indeed "club pressures" are playing a factor in what the players can do with their international careers.

Posted by: Red, White and Blue | August 26, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

US Soccer's website lists the Cuba at US game as a 7pm start on 10/11/2008:

http://www.ussoccer.com/schedule/index.jsp.html

Posted by: Fill the stadium | August 26, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The problem: While Cuba ought to be a walkover, T&T has some serious players. We can't just throw up any lineup and expect to win. We're going to have to bring in the best US-based players, at least.

Side issue: If we schedule a World Cup qualifier against Cuba in DC, and too many Cuban players defect before for the game Leaving Cuba with less than 11 players), what happens? What happens to the TV schedule then?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | August 26, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

These are Fifa International Match Dates (on Sept 6-10).

I don't understand why "club pressures" should factor in at all to the roster that Bradley (or any national team coach anywhere) calls in for these WC Qualifying matches.

Posted by: Red, White and Blue | August 26, 2008 12:50 PM

They are international dates and teams have to release these players, but for players who are new to their teams missing practices for a week at the beginning of the season could negatively impact their club playing time. Especially for guys like Adu and Altidore who already missed preseason because of the Olympics. Unless Bradley is going to give them 90 minutes in one of the games it might be better to leave them at their clubs.


Posted by: Rich C | August 26, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad to say that I would be shocked if Bradley called in Cooper, Adu, and Altidore and left EJ at home. Its becoming more obvious that the guy is a creature of habit, and is not going to do anything "outside the box".

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 26, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

All the guys mentioned above; but can we leave Bradley at home? He's getting worse with age.

Posted by: Flipper | August 26, 2008 12:48 PM
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Which one? Or both?

Posted by: The Jeff | August 26, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Bringing in Cooper, Adu and Jozy wouldn't be such a bad idea as long as Cuba and TNT don't try to do a Gautemala in the next games.

Why not Davies? If we are talking late speed in a game, why not bring him instead of granny-stride, pass-back Eddie? I think Davies is just as fast, if not faster, actually has a pair to go forward, and probably scores as many goals as EJ (ok the goal count thing wasn't the best comparison).

Posted by: Kosh | August 26, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Jay Demerit getting some starts.

Posted by: Dan in FL | August 26, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

How qickly could we get US citizenship for Maykel Galindo?

(he's probably still recovering from injury anyway, but, hey, dangle him in front of that Cuban team...)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | August 26, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

With the pressure of the new cup that 4 of the US teams are in, exclude players from those teams and bring in the Scandanavian (sp?) based players. Give Aiden Brown and Troy Perkins a chance to thaw out. Let our brothers in Europe pick up the slack.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 26, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Like win at Guatemala for the first time in 20 some years?
>>>>>>>

""Its becoming more obvious that the guy is a creature of habit, and is not going to do anything "outside the box".""

Posted by: delantero | August 26, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I broke the Jozy news this morning!

http://villarrealcf.es/principal.php?nombreModulo=noticiasDetalle&idnoticia=6651&idseccion=7&idmenu=4&idsubmenu=35

I suppose that the US could ask for permission, then not select him, though.

Posted by: RK | August 26, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

If we schedule a World Cup qualifier against Cuba in DC, and too many Cuban players defect before for the game Leaving Cuba with less than 11 players), what happens? What happens to the TV schedule then?

When Cuba was last here, they just had to play with less than 11. It seems as though the beat goes on.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | August 26, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

How qickly could we get US citizenship for Maykel Galindo?
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His limited international experience may have cap-tied him, although the interpretation of the FIFA rules on cap-tying players always seems to provoke controversy.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

So Goff are you Habana bound? Please tell me the Post is letting you go on this trip!

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Watch out for Cuban kickboxers....

Posted by: DirtyHarry | August 26, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Cooper was called in to watch a game once...Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hZm8oXsguQ

Posted by: Johnny | August 26, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

So, Cherundolo got a red. If he doesn't get put on the roster, is his suspension complete? Or does he have to be on the roster? That would make it an actual punishment, right? At least to the team....

Posted by: marksman | August 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

No Eddie Johnson, Eddie Lewis and Frankie Heyduk please! I want young, aggressive and attacking players. I am sick of lame and/or old players that bring no teeth to the national team.

Posted by: therealfootball | August 26, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I think this team would play better without Bradley. Bob Bradley.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

^^ Forgot my name above...

Posted by: Matthai | August 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

^^ Forgot my name above...

Posted by: Matthai | August 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

marksman: no, he does not need to be on the roster. He will be eligible for the T&T game. I wouldn't be suprised to see him get called into camp to make that roster and not the Cuba one.

Posted by: northzax | August 26, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

frank simek for cherundolo
holden if mastroeni cant nake it

Posted by: rigz18 | August 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Especially with Cherundolo sitting out, I say bring in Marvel Wynne.

Posted by: Dupont Circle | August 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff -

Can you or anyone else please explain to me the continuing allure of Steve Cherundolo to the national team's coach du jour? I'll admit I'm not the most knowledgeable soccer fan, but I've watched enough D.C. United games and World Cup qualifiers and matches (Euro Cup '08, etc.) to have some basic understanding of the sport is played. I continue to be amazed at how that guy secures a spot on the national team's roster each year. Are we so depleted at his position that he's the "best available"? Other than the other night in Guatemala City, with the two yellow cards that led to his ejection and suspension, the only time I've ever heard his name called during a game is when he has been soundly beaten for a goal or at least a glorious scoring chance. If someone can clue me in on this guy - does he have incriminating photos of the head of U.S. Soccer in a compromising position or something? - this suburban fan of United and soccer generally would appreciate it.

Posted by: Brendan | August 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Give the northern euro guys a run like Troy Perkins, Clarence Goodson & Jerry White who are actually playing major roles for their new clubs. I suspect we will see too many bench players like Adu, Covey, Dempsey and such who are out of form.

Posted by: tony z. | August 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

With the pressure of the new cup that 4 of the US teams are in, exclude players from those teams and bring in the Scandanavian (sp?) based players. Give Aiden Brown and Troy Perkins a chance to thaw out. Let our brothers in Europe pick up the slack.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 26, 2008 1:11 PM

Brown is out for the year injured but yes bring the others in like Califf, Goodson, Perkins.....

Posted by: rick | August 26, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

How about calling in Kenny "f**king" Cooper?

Posted by: John in LA | August 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"-------
with club pressures
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These are Fifa International Match Dates (on Sept 6-10).

I don't understand why "club pressures" should factor in at all to the roster that Bradley (or any national team coach anywhere) calls in for these WC Qualifying matches.

MLS needs a better schedule, if indeed "club pressures" are playing a factor in what the players can do with their international careers.

Posted by: Red, White and Blue | August 26, 2008 12:50 PM"

What he said. The US soccer media needs to ask tough questions about why club concerns are even a factor because the US coaches and USSF needs to makee the Nats their priority. FIFA has these rules for reason.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Opps, forgot the name

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | August 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

to the group that played the 1st qualifier, we need to add cooper, adu, altidore, maybe ricardo clark. EJ for sure not!!!

Posted by: joel | August 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

marksman: no, he does not need to be on the roster.
Posted by: northzax


Thanks

Posted by: marksman | August 26, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What happens to the TV schedule then?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | August 26, 2008 12:58 PM
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Re-runs of I Love Lucy or something else related to Cuba - Scarface perhaps.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 26, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Based on what I saw from Guatemala, I'd like to see Chuck The Iceman Liddell on the roster.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 26, 2008 12:36 PM
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I think the crazy guy, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson,.would be a better pick.

Posted by: James Johnson | August 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Based on what I saw from Guatemala, I'd like to see Chuck The Iceman Liddell on the roster.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 26, 2008 12:36 PM
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I think the crazy guy, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson,.would be a better pick.

Posted by: James Johnson | August 26, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and definately Davies too. I wonder, though, if he isn't liked by Bob or some of the players. He sort of made it clear he was upset that he didn't get more time against Nigeria (which, based on his performance, he sure should have). Seems like the whole system is so full of cliques that saying what you think might keep you off the roster... (Oh, wait, that only applies to the women's team....)

Posted by: Hacksaw | August 26, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Convey! He has been playing great this season for Reading. Looks like he is getting back to his old self. He deserves to get called up. Also, Adu and Cooper and leave Bradley at home.

Posted by: Beckster | August 26, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

it would be interesting to see a three CB formation. Play convey and beasley as wingers with donovan more central. I don't want to see him out on the right side ever again.

Posted by: nateinsf | August 26, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Brendan, here's an answer to your question,
Cherundolo had a bad game in guatemala. that being said. He has been the the most consistent back in our National team set up for years. Secondly he not only starts for, but Captains his side in the Bundesliga. Lastly over the last eight years, he is the only back that can get forward and cross an accurate ball. A better question might be, why does the national team coach play two of the most dangerous players out of position? Obviously leading the us in all time goals and possesing blistering pace isn't a reason to play as forward. BOB Bradley should be an assistant coach, not the decision maker.

Posted by: Dips since 78 | August 27, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Would I like to see
Adu--Yep.
Cooper--Yep.
Altidore--Yep.
Robbie Rodgers--Yep.

Will we see any of them--Nope.

Look Bob Bradley's problem, like most previous national team coaches is that he selects the same players regularly and if you don't play defense, you don't get called in.

Why does Brian Ching get the call instead of say Cooper or Edson Buddle--because he plays defense, he will come back into his own half and play defense--not just harrass opposing defenders in our attacking third.

Why does Bob Bradly like DaMarcus Beasley--because Beasley plays defense--unlike Freddy Adu.

Until and if Bob Bradley realizes that the world's game is passing the U.S. by, favoring possession, quickness and creativity in the midfield over bunker defense and counterattack/set piece attacking (see, for example, England, Italy/France in the Euros), you won't see creative, offensive minded players outside of Landon Donovan.

Posted by: Matt Johnston | August 27, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah.

With Cherundolo serving red card suspension, I think Marvelle Wynne needs a look, even if he won't start.

Posted by: Matt Johnston | August 27, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

John Thorrington, the hardest working midfielder on the Fire, if not MLS.

Posted by: krolpolski | August 27, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

it would be interesting to see a three CB formation. Play convey and beasley as wingers with donovan more central. I don't want to see him out on the right side ever again.


Posted by: nateinsf | August 26, 2008 9:00 PM
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After that WC match against the Czechs, I'm not sure I want to see Beasley out on the right side ever again.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 27, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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