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GOALKEEPERS
Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 0-0 tie at Newcastle
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-0 loss to Chelsea
Brad Guzan in 18 but didn't play in Aston Villa's 1-0 loss to Chelsea
Marcus Hahnemann in 18 but didn't play in Reading's 2-0 loss to Bristol City
Luis Robles and Kaiserslautern at St. Pauli on Monday
DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 1-0 win at Nice
Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's 4-2 loss at Anderlecht
Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 2-0 win at Blackpool
Frank Simek 90 in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace
Jonathan Spector 85 in West Ham's 2-1 loss at Bolton
Steve Cherundolo 4 in Hanover's 3-2 loss at Moenchengladbach
Gregg Berhalter last 71 in 1860 Munich's 4-1 loss at Duisburg
Heath Pearce in 18 but didn't play in Hansa Rostock's 3-1 loss at Mainz
Michael Orozco (injured) not in the 18 for San Luis' 1-1 tie with Atlante
MIDFIELDERS
Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's 2-0 victory over West Brom
Michael Bradley 90 in Moenchengladbach's 3-2 win over Hanover
Joe Francisco Torres 54 in Pachuca's 3-0 win over Indios
Sal Zizzo 28 in Hanover's 3-2 loss at Moenchengladbach
Maurice Edu in 18 but didn't play in Rangers' 3-1 win over Kilmarnock
DaMarcus Beasley (injured) not in 18 in Rangers' 3-1 win over Kilmarnock
Danny Szetela not in the 18 for Brescia's 1-0 loss at Parma
FORWARDS
Landon Donovan 45 in Bayern Munich's 2-1 loss to Cologne
Jemal Johnson 90 in MK Dons' 1-1 tie with Tranmere
Matt Taylor 10 in Koblenz's 3-0 win over Greuther F├╝rth
Mike Grella added time in Leeds' 2-0 win over Cheltenham
Freddy Adu not in the 18 for Monaco's 2-1 loss at Lille
Jozy Altidore not in the 18 for Xerez's 2-1 win at Cordoba
Eddie Johnson not in the 18 for Cardiff City's 2-2 tie at Wolverhampton

By Steve Goff  |  February 22, 2009; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

I am intrigued that Freddy Adu can't even get on the roster now. Also, Altidore.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | February 22, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I also watched the Lille-Monaco game this afternoon in hopes of seeing him play. Even when they were 2-0 down late in the game, he didn't get his chance. What does that tell you? Monaco doesn't look to him as a super-sub/match winner but more like a nice to have luxury. He'll play in friendlies or if they are leading 2-0 ...

Posted by: Charisma_Man | February 22, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Notice that Grella and Johnson are getting time by playing in lower leagues. Heck, Grella probably has seen more pitch time in league games this month than Freddy or Jozy.

Posted by: griffin1108 | February 22, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Charisma_Man wrote: "I also watched the Lille-Monaco game this afternoon in hopes of seeing him play. Even when they were 2-0 down late in the game, he didn't get his chance. What does that tell you?"

The score was irrelevant. If he wasn't in the 18, he can't possibly come in, no matter the score.

On another note, Donovan had another poor outing. Podolski got the first half nod, and did nothing; Donovan got the second half, and did nothing. (well, to be fair, he did nothing *offensively* -- he cleared a ball off the line when guarding the post on a set piece, but that's not why they have him there) Arguably he did no worse than Podolski, but they're looking for him to do *well*, and he hasn't. He'll be in MLS this next season.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | February 22, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm just kinda glad to see Sal Zizzo finally get some time. I think he has the potential to be a great weapon on the wings; he can dribble from on end of the pitch to another, as shown in the u-20 world cup.

Adu and Altidore are suffering hard from European prejudice. If they were Brazilian or Argentinean, they would be starting for major clubs their first year.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 22, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: DadRyan | February 22, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with UnitedDemon on Adu and Altidore. Also, Donovan as well. He plays as well as any other Bayern pool but just because he couldn't scored on his frist few sub times meant he sucked. He does need to be more aggressive playing and challenging front though.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | February 22, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Demon, it does seem that way...but you've got a manager in Monaco that has to be on a short string. If he thought Adu could help, wouldn't he play him?

Posted by: Reignking | February 22, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

The reason they didn't put Adu into the game, was because he didn't even make the bench. Kind of hard to use him as a sub when hes in street clothes and in the stands.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | February 22, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

It's moot to argue about whether Adu would have been able to play if he was on the bench. The fact is, if you watched the game, you would see that Adu does not offer anything more than what they already have.
That is why he is not even selected to be on the bench. Is Adu faster, stronger, more skillful, taller than the guy starting ???

Posted by: Charisma_Man | February 22, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

28 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | February 22, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I watched the Monaco match.

I disagree with your argument... Except that the players starting in Adu's positions ARE taller and/or faster.

Posted by: B_A_ | February 22, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Truly fantastic that Zizzo got some face time in a league game. Bodes well for him. Would be great to see the US nats get a good new attacking player on the wing -- give Sacha and Dempsey a run for their money.

Posted by: fischy | February 22, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Landon Donovan 45 in Bayern Munich's 2-1 loss to Cologne
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That result doesn't pass the smell test.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 23, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Adu and Altidore are suffering hard from European prejudice. If they were Brazilian or Argentinean, they would be starting for major clubs their first year.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 22, 2009 6:26 PM

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Rubbish.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 23, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, why would these clubs be prejudiced against young American players when they spent good money to buy them?!? Or, in Freddy's case, at least pay their wages.

Is Altidore not fit? I don't understand taking a player on loan and not at least putting him on the bench. I'd say these situations are curious, but not necessarily prejudiced against their nationality.

Good to see a Frankie Simek appearance. I also think Jay DeMerit should be in the US qualifier squads.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 23, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Freddy doesn't make the 18 because Monaco's American wanted some fellow countrymen on the team last summer. He tried for Adu and supposedly Bradley but the coach Ricardo has said previously that Adu is not his style of player and that he had no interest of Adu in the first place.

If a coach doesn't want a player, for whatever the reason, said player will not play.

Posted by: Josh8 | February 23, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, make that Monaco's American owner.

Posted by: Josh8 | February 23, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Adu and Altidore are suffering hard from European prejudice. If they were Brazilian or Argentinean, they would be starting for major clubs their first year.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 22, 2009 6:26 PM

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Rubbish.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 23, 2009 8:57 AM


It might be some prejudice, but a show of hands now - who wished these guys missed the Olympics and nailed down spots (at least ones on the bench) for their club teams during preseason?

Posted by: ZidVicious | February 23, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Villareal: what the f***? You sign a teenage rising star for 10 million dollars, refuse to let him transfer to Everton earlier this year where he would have had regular playing time in the top league on the planet, and instead loan him to a second-tier Spanish team that doesn't even put your 10 million dollar investment on the BENCH?

Posted by: cavemandave | February 23, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Great to see Spector back. The MNT really needs someone with that kind of versatility. He can play any of the back positions or play on the wings. Hoping he continues to get time. Lovely assist.

Posted by: Beckster1 | February 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see Bobby Convey absent from this list.

Hopefully, he can get some confidence back in MLS and work he way back to the USMT.

Although not a crucial part of his game, it'll be interesting to see whether he can score goals this time around.

Posted by: footiefan101 | February 23, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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