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Jakovic, USA, Wambach

*The Insider told you weeks ago that this was in the works, and now it's official: D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic has been named to Canada's 23-man Gold Cup roster and will miss as many as three MLS matches and two U.S. Open Cup games. The USA offered to CONCACAF a very preliminary list, which is likely to be finalized by the end of the week with players added and removed.

*The word from the Washington Freedom is that forward Abby Wambach's hamstring injury will not prevent her from traveling with the club to Boston for Wednesday night's WPS match against the Breakers at Harvard Stadium. She left the game in the first half against St. Louis on Saturday. Her fitness over the next few days will determine the amount of playing time.

By Steve Goff  |  June 22, 2009; 3:27 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF , D.C. United , Freedom , U.S. men's national team  
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Good for Jakovic, he certainly earned a call-up, but seriously, who'll be able to take his place while he's gone?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 22, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The Freedom have gotten results without Wambach that are as good or better than with her.

Posted by: OWNTF | June 22, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

From the preliminary list of US players, the Forwards, Defenders, and Keepers look pretty good to me. I would drop Gaven, Mastroeni, and Clark from the Midfield list. (who is Lichaj?)

Posted by: TCompton | June 22, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't sure how I felt about Wambach to Boston...

Posted by: sitruc | June 22, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say "Boston"?!

"So many people have come and gone
Their faces fade as the years go by
Yet I still recall as I wander on
as clear as the sun in the summer sky..."

Posted by: joedoc1 | June 22, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought party boy might get a call up. Too bad for him, good for us.

Posted by: cjholden15 | June 22, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

If we stick with the 3-5-2, I'd expect


I could see a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 with:


Here's what I'd REALLY like to see DC run out without Jakovic, although when he's available simply slot him in for Burch:


Some call that a 4-5-1, others a 4-1-4-1, and others a 4-3-3.

In my opinion it frees your wingers of the majority of their defensive responsibilities, and allows them to get forward and take defenders on 1 on 1. We currently have a wealth of talented attacking wings (Tino, Pontius, Fred, Khumalo, even Wallace or Burch really)

One MC plays the more attacking role (Gomez/Moreno/Fred/Pontius/Barklage)

The other is the holding mid (Olsen, Pontius, Barklage, even McTavish), and of course Simms is the DM (other options: Olsen/McTavish/Wallace/Jakovic).

Up top you can swap Emilio for Moreno, NSilu, Khumalo, Party Boy again.

I think this lineup takes advantage of our strengths while minimizing our weaknesses.
This does put a great deal of pressure on your fullbacks, BUT with 2 centerbacks, a DM, and holding mid tracking back, you should have adequate cover.

Posted by: alecw81 | June 22, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Why is that good for you, are you Stuart's brother?

Posted by: OWNTF | June 22, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

No Beasley! :)

Posted by: Reignking | June 22, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Where are Danny Szetela (way better than Gaven) and Sal Zizzo? Preston Zimmerman? Our only real wingers at the moment.

Jakovic? Yeah. If we win one game in his absence, count it as a plus.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 22, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see Tino get the call. He's a helluvalot better than Clark, for starters.

Posted by: -rke- | June 22, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Szetela? Yes, we need to call in more players that don't play for their clubs ;)

I wonder what kind of shape he is in. He was a benchwarmer and suffered from injuries this year.

Posted by: Reignking | June 22, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see Tino get the call. He's a helluvalot better than Clark, for starters.

Posted by: -rke- | June 22, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Disregarding the fact that they play completely different positions, come on!

But in all seriousness, I've always been a Quaranta fan and have been really pulling for him since his return from drug addiction. He's a guy who maybe rubbed some people the wrong way from the time he was a U17 to before the January 2006 camp - remember, the dude was a sub during the Cup-clinching win over Mexico - that I'd really like to see him get another chance and at least be able to squash that fear about him.

Posted by: ZidVicious | June 22, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Eh, the same old names. Why would we expect anything more? It seems that Bradley automatically gives preference to anybody on a team in Europe, regardless of how good that player is, how good that team is, or if that player receives any playing time with that team. And the MLSers who do get called up to the national team are the same ones who always get called up to the national team, even if they've done nothing in MLS this season. The Gold Cup is a legitimate opportunity to get some new faces into the mix. There are plenty of fine young Americans who are having fantastic years by MLS standards, but they aren't even given a chance to compete.

I just don't understand how you could choose Eddie Gaven (2 goals, 0 assists) and Robbie Rogers (0 goals, 1 assist) ahead of Chris Pontius (4 goals, 2 assists), Arturo Alvarez (4 goals, 1 assist), Brad Davis (2 goals, 7 assists), and Colin Clark (2 goals, 5 assists).

Posted by: DCUMD | June 22, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I just don't understand how you could choose Eddie Gaven (2 goals, 0 assists) and Robbie Rogers (0 goals, 1 assist) ahead of Chris Pontius (4 goals, 2 assists), Arturo Alvarez (4 goals, 1 assist), Brad Davis (2 goals, 7 assists), and Colin Clark (2 goals, 5 assists).

Posted by: DCUMD

Because it is more than can't just take the flavor of the month.

Posted by: Reignking | June 22, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

As I wrote in the original post, this is a very preliminary list and players will be added and deleted.

Deep breath.....

Posted by: Steve Goff | June 22, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about playing better without Wambach. They played a lot better in the first half against St. Louis and controlled most of the action with her in - once she was out St. Louis was able to dictate the pace. Wambach opens space up for other players. The last two games the Freedom have struggled a bit with scoring, but I think that might be more of them getting used to not having Bompastor in either midfield or forward. Moving Bompastor has made the defense stronger, but now the team has to get used to playing without her strong offensive contributions. They did this much better against St. Louis than the week before against Chicago

Posted by: soccerfan80 | June 22, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Hooray, ESPN gets GolTV rights to La Liga games and appears as if they'll bury them!

Posted by: Section117 | June 22, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

(who is Lichaj?)

Defender with Aston Villa's reserve squad. 20 y.o.,,10265~46651,00.html

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | June 22, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@OWNTF - Party boy being Chris Pontius. Us being DC United as we will not miss his services.

Posted by: cjholden15 | June 22, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

This is the list and some players will be dropped but none can be added. Besides it's time to shrink to pool with WC less than a year away not add to it. If a player isn't at Conferations Cup or on Gold Cup roster he will not be considered the WC 2010. Next pool cycle will be for 2014 and it starts a year from this August.

Posted by: euroman | June 22, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

got it -- mine was a lame joke based on the "holden" in your handle

Posted by: OWNTF | June 22, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Everybody, please panic.

Posted by: sitruc | June 22, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

To address why is it the same old faces?

There could be two reasons: Ill give them and then you can decided (much like fox news -completely unbiased).

1)One is more of proven of an extended period of time. I.E. these are the players who Bradley is comfortable with.

2) Or, a fun little grumbling in the underbelly of US soccer is the fact that its an inner elite circle. Were once you are plucked from your youth club and inserted into the US youth national team your a member for life. Eddie Gaven has always been a US national team player, at every level. Therefore, he is always going to get called up. You know the expression, "he is a good old boy." Jen Chang (who I don't like) talked about this once.

My personal observations seems to side with option 2 at times.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 22, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Like Goff said, and I've heard others say too, it's an old list, with plenty of players likely to be added and dropped. Don't freak.

And for those that like the barge stadium idea, I left you a bit of hope on the last thread.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 22, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

espn also acquired the rights to EPL in Briton. But what about here in the most dedicated fans?

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | June 22, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

No Jermaine Jones er Jonas er whatever the 1/2 Kraut 1/2 Gringo's name is . . .

When is he eligible? And shouldn't he be included?

Posted by: delantero | June 22, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Delantero: He's not able to play in a game until August 2nd, but is able to practice for 30 days until he has to register for compensation for national team practice. So basically, he can train with the gold cup team, but can't play with them, and will be eligible for Azteca.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 22, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

What about Nick Labrocca? Guess BB wouldn't want to look at a good, holding defensive center mid who might actually force him to sit his son.

Posted by: hacksaw | June 22, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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