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Beginning a very busy week of USA coverage on the Insider, let's look at the recent performances of the 23 players called into training camp, which starts Monday at RFK Stadium (closed to the public). We break it down by position and include the club's record and standing in the league/division.

GOALKEEPERS
Tim Howard, Everton: 90 in 2-2 tie vs. Newcastle (2-3-2, 15th place)
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa: Did not play in 2-0 loss at Chelsea (4-2-1, 5th)
Troy Perkins, Valerenga: 90 in 2-1 win at Bodo/Glimt (7-10-6, 9th)
DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes: 90 in 3-0 win over Lyon (3-1-4, 7th)
Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege: 90 in 4-1 loss at Cercle (5-1-1, 2nd)
Steve Cherundolo, Hanover: 90 in 1-1 tie at Dortmund (2-3-2, 13th)
Heath Pearce, Hansa Rostock: DNP in 4-2 loss at Ingolstadt (2-2-3, 11th)
Jay DeMerit, Watford: 90 in 2-1 win over Preston (3-5-2, 19th)
Danny Califf, Midtjylland: 90 in 1-0 win over Nordsjaelland (5-1-3, 3rd)
Frankie Hejduk, Columbus: red card suspension vs. L.A. (16-6-5, 1st)
Michael Orozco, San Luis: 90 in 3-2 win over Indios (7-2-2, 1st)
MIDFIELDERS
Freddy Adu, Monaco: DNP in 2-0 loss at Saint-Etienne (2-3-3, 14th)
DaMarcus Beasley, Rangers: DNP in 1-0 loss at St. Mirren (6-1-1, 2nd)
Michael Bradley, Moenchengladbach: DNP in 2-1 loss to Cologne (1-6-0, 18th)
Maurice Edu, Rangers: DNP in 1-0 loss at St. Mirren (6-1-1, 2nd)
Sacha Kljestan, Chivas USA: 82 in 3-0 win at D.C. (11-10-6, 2nd)
Danny Szetela, Brescia: DNP in 2-1 win over Frosinone (2-1-4, 9th)
Jose Francisco Torres, Pachuca: 90 in 1-1 tie at Necaxa (3-4-3, 3rd)
FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore, Villarreal: DNP in 2-1 win over Betis (5-0-1, 2nd)
Brian Ching, Houston: 84 (2 goals) in 3-1 win at Colorado (11-5-10, 1st)
Clint Dempsey, Fulham: 90 in 1-0 loss at West Brom (2-4-0, 17th)
Landon Donovan, L.A.: 90 in 1-0 loss at Columbus (7-12-8, 7th)
Charlie Davies, Hammarby: today at IFK Goteborg (9-7-8, 7th)

By Steve Goff  |  October 6, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Anyone know whats up with Edu and Beasley not getting PT with the Rangers? A few weeks ago they both went 90.

Posted by: Eric | October 6, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It is what it is but, I still think it's strange that all these guys playing in Europe Do NOT Play. Is the money really that good, and do any of them actually wish they just stayed stateside? Even Orozco and Torres are seeing lots of action and success.
I know these guys are going overseas with high hopes, but it must really suck to be sitting on the bench instead of actually playing the game they must love.

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Szetela has been playing every minute of every game for Brescia but I believe he had an injury that kept him out this week.

The rest of the DNPs were due to decisions of their coaches, unless there are other injuries that haven't been reported.

Adu and Beasley dressed but were on the bench, so they are almost certainly fit. Altidore was on the 19-man roster but got cut to reduce to 18 for the game-day roster and did not dress, so he is healthy -- but ask Piotr Nowak, he might have a different injury report ;)

Posted by: furia yanqui | October 6, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I was trying to say that the guys playing in Mexico may have made the best decisions of all.

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I was trying to say that the Americans playing in Mexico have made good moves. Maybe more guys will look south of the Border in the future?

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Its interesting how the majority of the DNPs are in the midfield.

Posted by: Kyle | October 6, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

This seems like a subject begging for a spreadsheet/table. I often wonder why Yanks Abroad/Ives don't just do a table every week, plugging in the name/club/mins/score (shaded for a win or something)/rank etc, making the whole thing much easier to follow or scan for key players.

Posted by: danj | October 6, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I see camp is closed, but is there any opportunity to interact with the players? After practice? Public appearances?

Posted by: danj | October 6, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Hello Steve!
Any new word on advance ticket sales jumping as we get closer to match day?
Will there be any practices open to the public this week?
Thanks Big Man!

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Dadryan - in many cases, the money really is that good. More importantly - being a professional player in Europe, especially at the first division clubs of the biggest leagues, carries a lot of prestige. It's where the action is, even if you don't see much of it. It's also a good learning experience, and there's usually an opportunity to earn more playing time and possibly to shine on the big stage. The lure of Europe is irresistable - just ask any player from Latin America, Africa or Asia.

Posted by: SSMD | October 6, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

@Eric,

St. Mirren was dead last in the Scottish Prem - so why not rest some of your bigger players.

Posted by: Virginia Blue Blood | October 6, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

No public access to players. Practices are closed.

No word on ticket sales, but I'm sure the final turnout will be 20,000-plus.

Posted by: Goff | October 6, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

our midfield still stuggles to get PT

big ups to dempsey for a full 90

Posted by: christiannn | October 6, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Again thanks a lot Steve, all of us in the DC area are incredibly spoiled when it comes to all the details you share. My hat's always off for ya!

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

ditto what dadryan wrote

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 6, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

did not play, thats alot of them with that label.
Maybe we should spot check the squad with MLS players to give them a chance since its Cuba in all. Not to mention alot of the DNP should stay in Europe to maybe play some more.

i unno just a thought.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 6, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

i unno just a thought.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 6, 2008 12:19 PM
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Euro Leagues are off until the Oct. 18/19 weekend because of the FIFA dates. So they only playing time they'll get is with el equipo nacional de los Estados Unidos (ENEEUU, didn't want to seem un-cool by typing USMNT).

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 6, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

We will have usual totally awesome concessions available at RFK on gameday? All I really want to know is if they'll have the Carne Asada and Pupusa folks doing they're thing!

Also, will the USSF set up their own Merch, kiosks?

Maybe they'll clean the beer taps this week...

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Thanx exit

they should have stayed anyway get that euro trip going!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 6, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

they're thing?... Can someone recommend an online grammar school I can attend in the offseason?

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

All I really want to know is if they'll have the Carne Asada and Pupusa folks doing they're thing!
Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 12:41 PM
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I highly doubt that kid.
Pupusas? has nothing to do with Cuba so I dont think we will be there but come back Oct 22 big chance you will find all of the above and more!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSInce88 | October 6, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't like all those DNPs in the midfield. I do like that Dempsey saw 90 though.

Posted by: Modibo | October 6, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Orozco and Torres do seem to be doing quite well minutes-wise. That said, it's unfair to compare Adu and Altidore to the Orozco and Torres standard just yet. Adu and Altidore are still a couple years younger than Orozco and Torres, and they're in more competitive leagues.

Adu and Altidore will be just fine. Monaco's coach will probably get canned soon; maybe that will bring a new opportunity for Adu. The bottom line in Monaco is that their recent rosters are totally impotent and aren't getting results. Adu's chance will come. By all accounts, he's impressed in practices and has shown well in his limited time (especially when he had longer spells on the field instead of the occasional 10 minutes).

Szetela's been a rock with Brescia thus far this year. He missed this past weekend only because of injury. Beasley, Edu, and Bradley, well, I'm not sure what the deal is with them.

Posted by: Reston, Va. | October 6, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I highly doubt that kid.
Pupusas? has nothing to do with Cuba so I dont think we will be there but come back Oct 22 big chance you will find all of the above and more!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSInce88 | October 6, 2008 12:46 PM

You know that there is a Carne Asada/Pupusa stand inside RFK that fires it up on DCU matchdays right? I was asking if we are to expect the same old concessions on Saturday. Said stand being the only food I'll eat in the cess pit that is RFK dude.
What's happening on the 22nd anyway?

Posted by: dadryan | October 6, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It may be time for Goff to do another one of his polls, this time asking us to prognosticate regarding the number of Cuban defections this weekend:

o 0

o 1-2

o 3 or more

o The whole delegation, including trainers, press aides, etc.

Posted by: The Jeff | October 6, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, The Jeff, if any of them need rides I'll have some room in my car.

Posted by: Eric | October 6, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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