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Morning Kickaround

*A 19-man USA training camp roster, comprising mostly out-of-season MLS players, will be unveiled today. The group will practice for four days in Denver. After the two playoff games are completed this week, players from the losing sides will be added to the list for next Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala and some from the initial group will be let go. Because Wednesday is an international fixture date, a handful of foreign-based players will also arrive for the inconsequential match. The final game roster will be announced Sunday. Who, from an expanded player pool, would you like to see receive playing time?

*MLS awards today: Coach of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Columbus's Sigi Schmid and San Jose's Darren Huckerby are the favorites.

*The 64-team NCAA women's tournament field is set. The men's brackets are still six days away, but conference play is heating up. Today, in the ACC play-in game, Virginia Tech faces North Carolina State with the winner to face top-ranked Wake Forest on Wednesday. In the CAA, third-seeded George Mason will host sixth-seeded Hofstra tonight in Fairfax.

TV today: Arsenal-Wigan, Carling Cup 2:30 p.m. Setanta

By Steve Goff  |  November 11, 2008; 6:01 AM ET
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Let's bring in all the midfielders who aren't playing like Adu, Beasley, Edu, Convey etc and give them some playing time. Would love to see Demerit paired up with either Gooch or Boca to see what they could do. This might be a great chance to see Perkins. Would love to see Brian Carroll take Bradley's role and of course Jozy.

As for the women's bracket, lots of VA teams in there. UVA draw looks relatively good; Tech has a tough one. Also in are Radford, William and Mary and JMU. Lots of DC area players on these teams and some really good ones in their last year so hopefully people will get out and see some of these games.

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 11, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Santino Quaranta:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 11, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Had to avoid SI for a couple days so I could see the Houston-NY game without knowing the result. In the words of Frank Vitcher, "I did not see that coming!"

As for a US camp, here are the 19 I would call for this initial group:

GK: Reis, Cannon
DF: Wynne, Moor, Conrad, Boswell, Gibbs, Harrington, Bornstein,
MF: Quaranta, Arnaud, Simms, R. Clark, Kljestan, C. Clark
FW: Donovan, Buddle, Cooper, Casey

I cut that down from a list of 26, so there's room for flexibility. However, there are certain players that I think are absolute musts:

Wynne - The future at right back. His not playing the last qualifier was incomprehensible. He was in great form down the stretch, too, and is finally starting to add some skill to his obvious athletic gifts.
Moor - Over the last 1/3 of the season, Moor was quietly amongst the top MLS center backs. He can also shift to the right. His last showing with the US was a disaster, but his recent play was the best run of his career, so give him another shot.
Harrington - Pearce never plays, so for me left back is still up for grabs until he gets himself a regular gig. As such, I think we should take a closer look at Harrington, who has all the tools to succeed.
Quaranta - This might seem sentimental, but Quaranta was one of the main reasons we had any chance at making the playoffs. He's a changed man, and he's coming off his best MLS season.
C. Clark - The best American playing on the left in MLS, other than Rogers. He can flat out play, and he works hard defensively too. Calling up Lewis to play a meaningless qualifier when guys like Clark are out there would be criminal in my book.
Cooper - If only so that the US soccer internet community does not literally burst into flames.

Here are the guys from the remaining playoff teams that would merit a call should they be eliminated:

Columbus - Marshall, Carroll, Evans, Rogers
Chicago - Busch, Pause, Thorrington, Rolfe
RSL - Beckerman, Findley, Movsisyan (if he's eligible; not sure about the political asylum rules)
NY - Goldthwaite

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 11, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I think it would be a good chance for players like Tino or Bryan Namoff. They've had a couple weeks of rest.

This initial training camp will not be anything like the USA's top 23 players so it's a good opportunity for Bradley to look at the players lower down in the depth chart who aren't involved in playoff games or playing overseas.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 11, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

We're heavy on defenders and defensive midfielders, light on wide mids.

Not that he'll take all of these, but I would figure these are some likely candidates based on MLS players/playoffs:

GK: Cannon, Thornton, Reis,

DF: Wynne, Moor, Conrad, Gibbs, Harrington, Bornstein, Parkhurst, Albright

MF: B. Davis, S. Holden, R. Clark, Mastroeni, Kljestan, C. Clark, Eddie Lewis, McCarty

FW: Donovan, Ching, Cooper, Casey, Barrett

Posted by: delantero | November 11, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Good to see VT in last.

Bradley has already asked for Jozy, so he'll show up...

Posted by: Reignking | November 11, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

the time has finally come for blog idol kenny cooper! he'll be picked by default!

Posted by: stairs | November 11, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Never say never; never say to late, bring new coach for DC Unined!!

Posted by: OrlandoGator | November 11, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Pretty sure Landon wont be there --

He's too busy earning himself a spot on Bayern :)

Posted by: strago | November 11, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

With regard to the NCAA women's bracket, four of the top 16 seeds were denied the home-field advantage that they had earned. This happens every year. It is possible that in a few cases the school's venue is unavailable or deemed inadequate by the NCAA. However, I suspect that in most cases it is a matter of geography; i.e., minimzing travel costs. Thus, for instance, Oklahoma State, with no nearby schools to play (other Big 12 schools are not an option in the early rounds), has been packed off to New Jersey to hook up with Fairfield, Rutgers, and Penn State. I hope the day arrives when this is no longer considered necessary.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 11, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: WalkOn | November 11, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Bring Conor Casey back in. He's been lighting the scoreboard up (well, he had been until the season ended); he lives in Denver; and he might help to bring in some fans to a meaningless game.

Posted by: hacksaw | November 11, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Cooper - If only so that the US soccer internet community does not literally burst into flames.
Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 11, 2008 9:12 AM

If Cooper is picked, we will quickly find another flag-bearer for the Injustices of Bob Bradley. We enjoy being just under the flash point. If we were ever satisfied, it would be very, very hard to work ourselves up to another state of torrid indignation.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 11, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Kenny Cooper!!

But, seriously folks:

Cannon, Wynne, Harrington, Holden, Jewsbury, Arnaud, Buddle, Parkhurst, Bornstein, Barrett, Kljestan (already gets time, but he has to be on this list) (ditto for) Ricardo Clark, Franklin, Moor, Colin Clark and, of course, Kenny Cooper.

This list would change after this weekend -- Marshall, Rogers, Rolfe, Findley and Beckerman (depending on which teams are eliminated) and the starting keeper would be either Hesmer or Busch. Unless Troy Perkins is available....

Posted by: fischy | November 11, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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