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Hejduk Called Up by USA

Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk, a USA national team veteran who started the first three matches in the final round of World Cup qualifying before being slowed by injuries, has been recalled for Saturday's game at Honduras and next Wednesday's match vs. Costa Rica at RFK Stadium.

He replaces Clint Dempsey, who sprained a shoulder over the weekend in England and will miss at least one qualifier. The USSF initially said it would not fill Dempsey's slot but changed course. Hejduk will arrive at training camp this evening and join the squad for practice Wednesday.

Hejduk, 35, is an outside defender who can also play on the midfield flank. He played all 90 minutes against Mexico, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago early this year, scoring in San Salvador as part of a two-goal comeback to earn a draw.

Thoughts on Hejduk's role?

By Steve Goff  |  October 6, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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I figured he would be back in the mix at some point. We just dont have too many players with his type of tenacity. Decent call up decision at this point.

Posted by: alan19 | October 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

He's got the motor to go all night.
Off the bench he should be able to chase anyone down if needed.
Not a bad call.

Posted by: ussccr | October 6, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Of the entire player pool, Frankie is perhaps the most unflappable player (for example, he was pretty much the only player who showed up for the '98 finals in France, and he was critical in getting a point out of the most recent trip to El Salvador). Calling him up instead of a promising youngster or career journeyman is a good move, IMHO.

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 6, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The return of the Energizer Bunny!

Posted by: Modibo | October 6, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we will be lucky enough to see the world famous "Frankie Step-Over"!

Posted by: alan19 | October 6, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see Frankie in the World Cup if he's healthy at the time. I like this move.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | October 6, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Hejduk's not my favorite, but at this point in time he's probably the right player to bring in. He's got the experience and game smarts.

Posted by: dchooligan | October 6, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I like it, but I don't imagine we'll see him play unless things are going badly for one or both of the wingbacks.

Posted by: fischy | October 6, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Bet he starts as one of the backs. He's got the experience to deal with the pressure on the road. Or, maybe he'll come in as a sub. At the very least he'll be good in the locker room.

Posted by: hacksaw | October 6, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The question for me is: Do I drive two hours south to Phoenix, a place I have never been, to watch the game in Spanish?

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 6, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Neither, drive to Jerome and go to the Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room. Have some good wine and who knows you may even meet a rockstar.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 6, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

sat a couple rows in front of frankie in kaiserslautern against italy, and talked to him after the game. well, he was super drunk and just slurred a lot but i would have been drunk too if i were watching that intense game knowing i'd be on the field if it weren't for an injury.

super nice guy!

Posted by: joe_hill | October 6, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

If he starts it will prove the incredible idiocy of how Bradley picks his teams. Yes, he has experience, and yes, he will fill the flank roll of Dempsey.

So, why wasn't he picked in the first place then? Once again, three similar forward players are wasted space. Unless they were simply given a token call up for the resume.

Posted by: inzzo79 | October 6, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

According to the Washington Business Journal the mayor of Baltimore has asked the Maryland stadium authority to study the feasibility of building a stadium for DC United in Baltimore.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 6, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Frankie Goes to Honduras.... that's a great name for a rock band.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 6, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I thank all for your wonderful remarks. I am either listening to Josh86, who is my normal viewing partner out here in AZ, and doing the road trip, or going hiking in Sedona and having a spiritual moment.

Any other suggestions are welcomed and will be considered.

I like Hejduk so I am okay with this move.

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 6, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the biggest implication here is that it'll be easier for United to thump the Crew on the unstoppable drive toward the playoffs and MLS Cup. Clearly.

Posted by: benonthehill | October 6, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse


FRANKIE should be an automatic choice for 2010 .. .. We need his professionalism, hustle and leadership almost as much as having TIM & LANDON in the side .. ..

And, anyone who has knowledge of what went on in 2006 will know that FRANKIE was definitely missed .. ..

He has proven he will give 1,000% on either flank > Remember 2002?! =)))

Posted by: Samminish | October 6, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Hejduk won me over with the elsalvador game. while he was responsible for one of the goals conceeded, he was the reason we were able to come back and get the draw. and its good for the camp to have a veteran leader around, especially one who maintains an excellent fitness level.

Posted by: VTUnited | October 6, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

HEY Dude!

Posted by: teo_68 | October 6, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Great call-up. It's like replacing a 10 minute player with a 110 minute player.

Posted by: JRandomReader | October 6, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Hard to hate on a guy with a motor like that...

Posted by: mason08 | October 6, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

how can anyone hate frankie? he is the man! another "caveman", in the ben olsen tradition. remember when he got slapped in the tunnel by a mexican assistant coach? talk about a guy who can get under your skin!

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 6, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I share everyone's enthusiasm for Frankie Hejduk.

After all, Greg Vanney is no longer available.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 6, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Love Frankie, hope he is there mainly for moral support in Honduras - with a late cameo to chase Honduras into submission. I hope he won't play in DC at all b/c I would much rather watch Cherundulo and Spector (although maybe not Bornstein).

Posted by: sportsparenttoo | October 6, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Que cojones!!!! Great News!!!!!

Posted by: fedster | October 6, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Frankie Goes to Honduras.... that's a great name for a rock band.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 6, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Frankie Say Relax.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | October 6, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Frankie Goes to Honduras.... that's a great name for a rock band.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 6, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Frankie Say Relax.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | October 6, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Go do it!

The "Step-Over" Dude!

Posted by: Barracudas | October 6, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The backline should be:

Cherundolo - Oneywu - Bocanegra - Hejduk

Go with the experience all the way across and speed on the outside.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | October 6, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

HEY-DUDE. Great call up. We need a vet with his kind of tanacity, expirience and workrate. That kind of stuff can really rub off on the younger players at this critical time in qualifying. Remember, we got 7 points out of the three games he played in, and he scorred the goal that got us the point at el salvador. Great move by bradley.

Posted by: jjfooty | October 6, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Que cojones!!!! Great News!!!!!

Posted by: fedster | October 6, 2009 6:51 PM

cobijones is no longer available, either.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 6, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

anybody but bornstein.

Posted by: castroviejo | October 6, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I like Frankie. He gets beat defensively more than Cherry, but he gets forward probably more consistently than any other back we have.

Posted by: Matte | October 7, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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