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Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-1 win over Stoke City
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to Spurs
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town
Troy Perkins 90 in Valerenga's 3-0 loss at Rosenborg
Luis Robles 90 in Kaiserslautern's 2-1 win over Koblenz
Brad Guzan in 18 but didn't play in Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to Spurs
Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's 2-0 win over Racing Genk
Carlos Bocanegra 67 in Rennes' 2-2 tie at Le Mans
Frank Simek 20 in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-2 tie at Watford
Heath Pearce 57 in Hansa Rostock's 1-1 tie with Ingolstadt
Michael Parkhurst first 45 in Nordsjaelland's 2-1 loss to Horsens
Michael Orozco 90 in San Luis' 2-1 loss at Puebla
Steve Cherundolo not in the 18 for Hanover's 4-4 tie with Dortmund
Jay DeMerit not in the 18 for Watford's 2-2 tie with Sheffield Wednesday
Danny Califf didn't play in Midtjylland's 2-1 loss at Odense
Clarence Goodson 90 in IK Start's 3-3 tie at Stromsgodset
Hunter Freeman 90 in IK Start's 3-3 tie at Stormsgodset
Jonathan Spector and West Ham vs. West Brom on Monday

Michael Bradley 90 (two goals) in Moenchengladbach's 4-2 win at Cologne
Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's 3-1 win at Bolton
Jose Francisco Torres 90 in Pachuca's 2-0 loss at Monterrey
Maurice Edu in 18 but didn't play in Glasgow Rangers' Cup 2-0 loss at Celtic
DaMarcus Beasley not in 18 for Glasgow Rangers' Cup 2-0 loss at Celtic
Danny Szetela 18 minutes in Brescia's 2-1 win at Triestina
Benny Feilhaber 5 in Aarhus' 2-0 loss at Brondby
Sal Zizzo not in the 18 for Hanover's 4-4 tie with Dortmund
Eddie Johnson 21 in Cardiff City's 1-1 tie at Bristol City
Freddy Adu in the 18 but didn't play in Monaco's 3-2 win over Toulouse
Jozy Altidore didn't play in Xerez's 3-1 loss to Real Sociedad
Jeremiah White 85 in Aarhus' 2-0 loss at Brondby
Jemal Johnson 19 in MK Dons' 6-2 win over Oldham
Matt Taylor 8 in Koblenz's 2-1 loss at Kaiserslautern
Mike Grella 6 in Leeds' 1-0 victory over Swindon Town
Marcus Tracy didn't play in Aalborg's 1-1 tie at Sonderjyske

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2009; 5:57 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Is Demerit still injured?

Posted by: Modibo | March 15, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

My feeling is that, if the clubs don't start 'em, Bob should. I don't buy it that Ching should be the starter just because brain dead coaches don't let the likes of Adu, Altidore play. I have little doubt that many, including Parkhurst and the afore mentioned wunderkinds will be starting Sometime, but not before the world cup. It isn't in their hands.

Beasley, I won't even go into. I think we need to drop the "are they starting" argument, and start them. If we don't, their international coaches certainly won't. Then where will we be?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 15, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and one last thing. Who here, at this point, truly believes that, by leaving their pro clubs training session, and their benches, those players are doing a disservice to their professional careers?

If they kick ass for the nats, the coaches will eventually take notice, if they even have such capability.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 15, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: joedoc1 | March 15, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

She was born in England. Was she capped for them?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 15, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"If they kick ass for the nats, the coaches will eventually take notice, if they even have such capability."

If they aren't getting it done in training, where their coaches see everything they're doing, then it doesn't matter what happens elsewhere.

There comes a point where blaming stupid coaching on Adu's lack of success becomes pretty ridiculous. He's been at four clubs now. Every single coach he's had is a complete idiot? Isn't it just possible he's incredibly overhyped? That he's great with the U-whatevers because his tiny little body isn't such a disadvantage, but that he just doesn't have the size and strength needed to compete with real boys?

Posted by: ashleybone | March 15, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey also had an assist

Posted by: perrii | March 15, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse


Ching should start at the moment because he's the best fit for the US system. Bradley, like Arena, wants his target forward's #1 priority to be maintaining possession and getting the ball back to our midfielders as they come forward. The goals in both systems are mainly to come from Donovan, the midfield, or on set pieces.

Like most people, I get caught up in thinking about what a player like Altidore will do for our attack. However, right now, he won't be able to provide that reliably, while Ching is pretty close to a sure thing. Altidore not starting for us at the moment isn't the end of the world. The World Cup is just under 15 months away.

And for what it's worth, I don't think their current club coaches put that much faith in what they see US players do with the national team. For one, Europe has as much respect for CONCACAF nations (besides us and Mexico) as they do for Andorra or San Marino. More importantly, the current club coach has a different system, different players, and different opponents than we have in qualifying. While there are certainly overlapping demands, things are still different enough that success for the US doesn't automatically mean success for the club. The club coaches watching the US to learn about players are prospective future coaches. Why would a coach who sees a player every day in training change his mind based on what he does in another system for a different coach?

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 16, 2009 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey! Benny's back! I can't help thinking about how great he'd fit into the black and red squad if he gets tired of trying to learn the words to 'No Air' in Danish...

Posted by: daandre3 | March 16, 2009 6:02 AM | Report abuse

* what ashleybone said

* real American Broad Abroad -- Gina Lewandowski 90 in FFC Frankfurt's 1-0 win over Bayern. Where is Krieger?

Posted by: OWNTF | March 16, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

"Bradley, like Arena, wants his target forward's #1 priority to be maintaining possession and getting the ball back to our midfielders as they come forward."

The reason Bradley and Arena employ/employed this system is because both coaches' best options came from a forward with this skillset (McBride for his tenure, Ching prior to the *possible* emergence of Johnson/Altidore/Adu). That does not mean Bradley has a rigid system in mind and only opts to play players that fit. He tried like heck to adapt his system to Eddie Johnson as the point man with a "creator" underneath, only it turned out that EJ simply wasn't up to par for an international forward.

That doesn't mean Altidore will suffer the same fate. Bob Bradley has adapted the more traditional US role of the holding mid to allow Michael Bradley to get forward and attack, just as he's adapted the traditional roles of the wide midfielders to rotate in and play more dynamic and interchangeable with the central midfielders. He plays to the strength of his players. Just because Ching (and McBride before him) was the best option for the US and Bradley/Arena opted to play to their strengths doesn't mean that the next striker to come along has to fit like a round peg.

Posted by: psps23 | March 16, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

only 67 minutes for Bocanegra? hope that's not related to a pulled muscle or other injury.

Posted by: kebzach | March 16, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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