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Akron's Bunbury to MLS

Caleb Porter isn't going to MLS, but one of his star pupils is.

Teal Bunbury, a sophomore forward who helped Akron to an unbeaten regular season and a berth in the College Cup final, has decided to forego his final two years of college eligibility and sign with MLS, the Insider has learned. The Hermann Trophy finalist will be eligible for selection at the Jan. 14 draft in Philadelphia -- and seems certain to be among the top picks.

Bunbury is the son of former Canadian national team forward Alex Bunbury, who played for Kansas City in MLS at the end of a long career. Teal had 17 goals in 25 matches this season and was named Soccer America's player of the year today. He is 6 feet 2 and 175 pounds, was born in Ontario but is from Minnesota.

Porter withdrew from consideration for D.C. United's head coaching job and signed a five-year contract with Akron this week.

Several other non-seniors from around the country are expected to commit to MLS in the next two weeks.

By Steve Goff  |  December 18, 2009; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS  
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Maybe a good pick if he is still around when DC gets to pick.
One big reason he would be a good pick is that he is SIGNING with the MLS, so he intends to stay in the US. Hey FO...did you pick up on that? I guess it really comes down to what we need more, Goal production/ attacking players or solid defenders. If go with attacking, an Akron player might be good. If defending is what we decide, anyone from UVA's back line will do!

Posted by: jjfooty | December 18, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey coach, thanks for stayin'.

See ya!

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 18, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

which national team is he leaning towards?

Posted by: ewww | December 18, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

sophmore signing to MLS = Generation Adidas contract, right?

Posted by: crocken | December 18, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

NYTimes reporting that Donovan's loan deal to Everton has been finalized and he will join them in January. I'm pulling for him - the last thing we need is yet another not-in-the-18 situation.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 18, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Thought this might be of interest. Leverage used for a good cause.

http://www.ohio.com/sports/79535902.html

Posted by: footballfan9 | December 18, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

sophmore signing to MLS = Generation Adidas contract, right?

Posted by: crocken | December 18, 2009 5:25 PM
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Irregardless of your education, you need to spell "sophomore" correctly. You forgot an "o".

It's "sophmoore."

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 18, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Ah, how sophomoric...

I'm forgetting, where is United in the draft this year?

Posted by: eadc | December 18, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

What happened to BS?

Posted by: sitruc | December 18, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Interesting. Of course, we didn't suck quite enough last year to get some of the real gems, but we'll see.

ps. I don't like to be a poor franchise, but I hope we can benefit from being higher on the food chain of the young talent pool.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | December 18, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Re: Bunbury's national team aspirations, he has played U-20s for Canada and told the Toronto Sun in November that he is "pretty confident that I am staying with the Canadian team."
For what that is worth.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | December 18, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

DCU gets #7 pick.

Bunbury would be a GA.

Posted by: J_S_F | December 18, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

How good is Bunbury really? Lotsa goals, but I thought the rap against Akron was that they got to be number 1 playing a weak schedule. He didn't score -- indeed Akron didn't score -- during the College Cup. Just want to know to what extent he scored against top competition.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | December 18, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

@eadc -- At the moment, DCU has the #7 pick in the first round, no pick in the second round (I think that went to the Rapids as part of the Gomez deal), #39 (third round), and #55. So, not a year where we're likely to get 2 starters out of the draft.

NY has a strong position (#2, #14, #18 + 3 more), as does Dallas (#5, #6 + 4 more). Houston probably has the worst position, their first pick is #43...

Posted by: edgeonyou | December 18, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

@joedoc - did I catch a whiff of funny with your own sophomoric use of the improper "irregardless?"

Posted by: spata2 | December 18, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

@DCUSince96
That article from Akron about Porter staying said the Zips had the toughest schedule in the country, granted it was a Zip-centric site so it could have been hot air but.....

Posted by: rockotodd | December 18, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: torrey151 | December 18, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

@spata2: you are correct, sir. But if you caught just a "whiff of funny," then I failed miserably...

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 18, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah... Rand-al-Thor = Joe Doc.

That you, Aviendha?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 18, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Zips didn't have the hardest schedule, but their schedule wasn't weak, either.

Bunbury scores a lot of goals, but needs too many shots (in my opinion). He has speed and the body to play - can he score enough goals?

I'd prefer DCU didn't draft him - but it depends upon who is available. But then again, I usually have a plan B, plan C, and plan D, already prepared.

Posted by: J_S_F | December 18, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Goff, Bonesteel is on the job.

Have another oyster and go to bed. By the way, what's a blizzard look like on the beach?

Posted by: delantero | December 18, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

It's "sophmoore."
Posted by: joedoc1

Stop being so contemptuous and small minded.

Posted by: delantero | December 18, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Recent puff piece on Ponty:

http://goal.com/en-us/news/1110/major-league-soccer/2009/12/18/1696275/davis-discussions-chris-pontius

Mentions the possibility of Pontius' inclusion in the next round of JV callups to the USMNT. Good for him.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 18, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

First good snow since I moved here.

Bunbury looked great to me. Big guy with decent speed, good soccer brain, two footed. What's not to like? He would be my second choice behind Ike Opara. Akron's problem was that they didn't have anyone to take pressure off Bunbury up top.

Gelantovich should be under consideration by MLS team. He's an American Stevie Nicol, building a strong team by stringing solud players up the middle. I wish NY wasn't stupid, as he wod be a great hire, but shouldn't DC be looking at him?0

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | December 18, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Teal?

Posted by: marksman37 | December 19, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

No chance whatsoever that Bunbury is around when DCU picks. No way that SIX teams with worse records than ours pass on a big, talented forward with speed and skill. There were, on the other hand, several big, fast, and strong defenders on display at the College Cup. Pick the right one, and you may be able to fill a need on the current team and have a guy you can pencil into the starting lineup for years to come. That would be a great draft pick.

Posted by: rcdwriting | December 19, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know when Fox Soccer Channel is showing Barcelona v Estudiantes?

The game is about 11 am but is only live on Fox en Espanol or some other channel I don't get. I'm pretty sure its gonna be on some time late today but FSC just got rid of their website which had the TV listings and I can't figure out when it's on.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 19, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 19, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Teal is a colorful name.

He may have a mood disorder because sometimes he seems blue, sometimes he's just ducky.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 19, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Did Dempsey just become the first American (who isn't a goal-keeper) to make the top 100 players list?

http://www.castrolfootball.com/rankings/rankings/?position=&nation=21&team=&comp=

Not that the rankings have exactly been around for that long but I'm not sure which former players from America would have made it...maybe McBride? Beasley at his peak?

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 19, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for that link !-270 but I'm still trying to figure out what FSC is showing and when they are showing it.

The schedule from the link seems to indicate FSC is showing Man City -Sunderland at 10 AND Barcelona-Estudiantes at 11 am and Arsenal-Hull at 1230pm.

That would mean simultaneously showing multiple games on the same channel.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 19, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Atlante is on at 7 FSC, live now on FSE. Barcelona is 9 FSC, live at 11 FSE. According to my tv listings.

Posted by: ratco | December 19, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, that's all pm on FSC.

Does anyone know about SAP on FSE? It seems whenever FSC is showing a game taped that FSE shows live, I can't get english SAP on the live game, even though they appear to be offering it. It's been like that ever since Fox got the C.L. this year, last season any game on FSE had english sap, as far as I remember.

A loyal lurker and D.C. United fan.

Posted by: ratco | December 19, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ratco!

The "Soccer on TV" e-mail I get from Soccer America also has the 3rd place game being rebroadcast on FSC at 7 pm followed by the championship game at 9pm.

Shoulda remembered to check there earlier.

Algerian Nadir Belhadj had a great narrow-angle near post blistering goal to help Portsmouth beat Liverpool on the ESPN2 game this morning. Pottymouth (I assume that's what the P'mouth abbreviation is for?) also got a similar near post goal from Picayune (sp) in the 2nd half to win 2-0.

Rafa Benitez would seem a likely candidate to get Scrooged this Xmas but he has a nice fat golden parachute so the owners might not want to get rid of him.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 19, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Anyone watching the Sunderland game? Good stuff thru the 27th.

Posted by: ratco | December 19, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

De nada, Mr. Lane. Enjoy the Atlante game tonight, I did.
I'm taking the kiddies sledding before the Barcelona game, even though I hate to miss the rest of this Sunderland game. Wow, another goal as I type. But you gotta sled out here in Virginia when you get the chance.

Posted by: ratco | December 19, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

@delantero: well in!

I just got back from plowing overnight and, trust me, you don't want to be on the roads today. It's truly awful out there.

@I-270: ducky?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 19, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Looking for Kevin Payne in the crowd at the club world cup...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 19, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Fulham up 2-0 in the 57th, with Dempsey heading a ball back onto Zamora's foot for the second goal in the 46th and also (didn't see, but read) a bike kick on goal in the first half

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 19, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Duff, 3-0 Fulham in the 75th. Beautiful work to control and pass from Zamora, and a brilliant strike by Duff.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 19, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Checking out those Castrol player rankings, they rate 15 USA players...the rest of CONCACAF contributes 21 (seven from Mexico, five from Honduras, four from Canada; plus Barbados, Grenada, and T&T). Not bad for a country not really considered by many to be a "footballing nation."

Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 19, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Fulham fans chanting "We want more! We want more!" Honestly, the rate this is going, I'd be surprised if they didn't get it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 19, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Estudiantes is defeating Barcelona 1-0, and is not letting them do anything. European teams piss in their pants everytime the face a Southamerican (specially Argentinean or Brazilian) team. Go Estudiantes, do it for SouthAmerica!

Posted by: WillyJoel | December 19, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If I could build a striker scientifically/genetically/whatever in a lab, I would eventually ended up building Zlatan Ibramhimovic's twin.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 19, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't go as far to say Barcelona is pissing their pants now...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 19, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Ibrah is a Ninja. Twin Ibrah Ninja action movie would be insane!:)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 19, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The Fox Sports en Espanol has an English feed via SAP (if you have DirecTV just press the green button on your remote). The only problem is that you have Brettos and Sullivan doing the English commentary. Go figure...

Posted by: WillyJoel | December 19, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Although, if you speak Spanish, Niembro and Mariano Closs are equally insufferable...

Posted by: WillyJoel | December 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Willy. All I've understood is, "muy intelligente Estudiantes," after the first goal.
I also don't get english SAP on deportes or GOL TV. I'm starting to think it's my rural Va cable; but, I've never had a problem w/ FSE SAP until this season.

Posted by: ratco | December 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Is Jozy on the bench at least?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 19, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

he's not... and Barcelona just equalized...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 19, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Beasley scored again -- late, as Rangers piled it on vs. Motherwell, but it's still another goal. He's definitely sending a message that he will deserve another look -- probably when the USMNT takes on Netherlands in March. I, for one, promise not to criticize Bradley when he gets Beas in the lineup. The way he's played in the last 2 weeks, he deserves at least another look.

Posted by: fischy | December 19, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

As fo the topic at hand, it's looking like the deepest draft yet. Even at #7 DCU should be able to get someone who will come right in and contribute this year. I'm not sure you could say that about a draft class prior to last year. Very encouraging.

That piece about Pontius also makes a salient point. Here's a guy that has developed entirely outside of the youth star development system we have. Very encouraging that w can find gems like him for the national side outside the usual Bradenton-bred suspects.

Posted by: fischy | December 19, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Messi won the game, and title, for Barca. I had no idea it was today.

Fulham 3-0 ManU (Dempsey 90 minutes). Incredible.

Posted by: Reignking | December 19, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth...

By the time many around the U.S. got to see Akron play in the Final Four, they unfortunately missed out on seeing this team play at its peak... Akron's system centered around excellent passing from back to front... the keys to the team were Valentin's superior distribution out of the back, Zemanski's ball hunting/winning, Gavin's ability to dictate tempo in the center of the field, and Ampai & Nanchoff connecting the midfeld to Bunbury & Nagbe... when Nanchoff went down with an injury 4-5 weeks ago, Ampai was left to do more and defenses could literally "roll coverage" towards his size knowing that Speas (Nanchoff's replacement) was not as dangerous... when Ampai went down in the North Carolina game, it threw everything completely out of whack... there was no way to get to Bunbury or Nagbe unless they retreated further away from the goal to find the ball...

Having said that, Bunbury can be effective from 10 yards outside the box and in... for his size, he's not very good in the air... but he does have very good technical ability with his back to goal and enough size and strength to hold off a defender... reminds me a little of Luciano Emilio (with more pace and a little more technical ability)...

Saw Mike Jeffries scouting him in the Tulsa game where he was absolutely horrific... beyond the notes i made above regarding losing Ampai & Nanchoff, i also wonder if the pressure of knowing he was being looked at got to him as well...

Posted by: DaniCrew | December 19, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I lost my orange ball in the knee-deep snow.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 19, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Bunbury has a lot of potential, but he is far from ready to make an impact in MLS. Watching him in the NCAA final four he showed he can shoot and that he's a good athlete, but that was about it. Not much of a passer, not much of a creator. If he didn't immediately take a shot the offensive flow pretty died.

I was a lot more impressed with Wake Forest's Austin da Luz. Great skills, very creative, and a senior who I assume is available in the draft.

Posted by: phurt60 | December 19, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

No question that no one in the NCAAA tourney did more do boost his stock than da Luz. He was probably low 1st or even a 2nd rounder. I'd be surprised if he didn't go in the top 10 now. Tchni had a good tourney, too -- might have even passed Bunbury on the charts.

Posted by: fischy | December 20, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Irregardless of your education, you need to spell "sophomore" correctly. You forgot an "o".

It's "sophmoore."

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 18, 2009 5:41 PM
__________________________________________

I believe there was a 19th-century politician who responded to criticisms of his spelling roughly as follows: "It is a damn poor mind indeed that cannot think of at least two ways to spell any word."

Posted by: universityandpark | December 20, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

DMB goes the full 90 and finds the net.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=270248&cc=5901

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 20, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

So what's Brittany Murphy's connection to soccer?

Posted by: sitruc | December 20, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Galarcep with Olsen comments on United.

D.C. in flux as it tries to recover its glory days

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=716224&sec=mls&root=mls&cc=5901

Posted by: delantero | December 21, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

DMB goes the full 90 and finds the net.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=270248&cc=5901

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 20, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

DMB can't hope for much more than this...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/scotland/article6963454.ece

"Boyd has endorsed Beasley’s return to international duty and believes that the 27-year-old former Manchester City player is back to his best after injury. "


"Walter Smith agreed that Beasley, making his fourth successive start, is now a key player in his Rangers plans again. “DaMarcus has come back and played extremely well,” the Ibrox manager said.

“He started his career here like that but, unfortunately, got a bad injury. He is back and playing well and is the type who is liable to score as well, as he has shown in the last couple of games.” "

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 21, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Beasley's play right now is promising, but let's not get carried away. A couple promising games isn't a long run of form, and the December before a World Cup isn't exactly the most important time to be doing well.

Beasley should get called in for the Netherlands friendly in March if he's playing well in February, not now.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 21, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

The anonymous players in Ives' column has to Jaime, right? Who else has anything at risk?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 21, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

It should read . .

DMB scores the 5th goal in a 6-1 rout of . . Motherwell.

Then ask ya'self if ya really think he should be put back on the list for South Africa quite yet.

Posted by: delantero | December 21, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Adu's coach sacked.

Posted by: Reignking | December 21, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 21, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I doubt he's gone from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBdF2_rWrLo

to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KWOCtwZ8-4 which means I'm not really ready to welcome him back to the first 11 yet.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 21, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I was gonna say Dips... Why don't you just link to the thread on BS already? You sure it doesn't look like the template that the Frogs are using?
j/k
:)

Posted by: DadRyan | December 21, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Mark Hughes to DCU!!!!

LOL

Posted by: Matte | December 21, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"It's been a long time coming, but Maurice Edu's comeback took another step towards completion Monday. The 23-year-old midfielder, in the midst of a long recovery from a knee injury, returned to the pitch in a closed-door reserve match, going 80 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Partick Thistle."

Well, that's embarrasing.

The whole Rangers reserve side couldn't beat one guy.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 21, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Because that one guy had the home field advantage of prickly plants.

Countdown to U&P's Thistle and Shamrock comment in 3...2...1

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 21, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Hugo Sanchez also got fired from Almeria. He can be the next DCU manager. He can help DCU beat those pesky Mexican teams.

Posted by: fedster | December 21, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

But we won't be playing any pesky Mexican teams for at least a year and a half eh? Then again we could have qualified for Superliga somehow?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 21, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I-270: Sorry to disappoint you, but that club has been around for ages. If I had anything in particular to say about their name, I would have done so long ago. Then again, come to think of it, one could wonder what sort of impact, if any, a name like Partick Shamrock would have.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 21, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Where's Bonesteel? No updates for 2 days!! Doesn't he know we go through withdrawal? Shakes, tremors, habitual channel surfing between GOL TV and FSC, watching day old highlights, leading to eventual coma and death. It's ugly, man.

Posted by: delantero | December 21, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan:

Fortunately, we have evaded accidental Superliga qualification. The teams honored/burdened with participation will be Houston, Chicago, Chivas, and New England (with Columbus, RSL, Seattle, LA, and possibly Toronto going to the CCL).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 21, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

You're supposed to check the Sunday edition of the Washington Times for updates, delantero.

Posted by: sitruc | December 21, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

2/25/10 is the date that the new jerseys will be released. Im ready for them.

o by the way if any one hasn't seen the USMNT will have a third kit as well.

http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/usa-world-cup-2010-home-jersey-leaked-photo/7152

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 21, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I've seen those, but tell me which one is the third shirt? It makes all the sense in the world to have a red shirt when that's what you're asking your supporters to wear. In other words, I'd love the red one. Already got a white and silver one and a anthracite one.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 21, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The navy blue stripe on the red jersey can be mistaken for black, which then makes the jersey look like the T&T flag.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 21, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Part of the reason I won't believe it till I see it in regard to those shirts 270.. I figured after the draw there might be a little retooling and what not. I wouldn't be surprised if the US home shirt is actually changed and ends up with a red sash. We'll see one of these days I suppose.

@Chest: thanks for the clarification, I was pretty sure we hadn't made the group... I may be living in a fantasy world, but I'd like to believe our lack of extra curricular horse puckey will be a perfect opportunity win something next season.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 21, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

So i got a new HD tv on Black friday and finally found my ESPN HD channel on 105-206... I never had this channel before as I've got a NON-Box set up... There is a "Comcast network" EPL game on channel 105-205, Bolton/West Ham. This isn't being played on Comcast sportsnet channel 1O. Can someone tell me what the hell channel this 105-205 is?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 21, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

96 days and counting . . . .

Posted by: Curious99 | December 21, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"He [Hugo Sanchez] can help DCU beat those pesky Mexican teams."

If Hugo Sanchez knew how to beat pesky Mexican teams, he wouldn't be getting fired from Almeria. I'd like to see Klinsmann get a shot at squashing those pesky Mexicans.

Posted by: rcdwriting | December 22, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Klinsmann was the manager of the German NT and then Bayern Munich. Taking an MLS head coaching job would not just be a step down, it would be stepping on a skateboard at the top of the basement stairs.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

http://www.behindthebadge.com/2009/12/pontius-calledup-to-usmnt-camp.php

Pontius gets called up for the USMNT training camp in January! Go get 'em, Party Boy!

Posted by: VercengetorixII | December 22, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DadRyan | December 22, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

channel this 105-205 is?

Posted by: DadRyan

I've never understood that. I've got another flat screen, non-boxed, which has those hyphened channels that I just don't understand.

Posted by: Reignking | December 22, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Is tino still injured? I think he deserves a callup.

Posted by: spikeman | December 22, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Totally off topic and for those SI readers from Puerto Rico:

I'm moving to Mayaguez and will work at UPRM. Any tips as to where to live? What to do there? Most importantly, how do I watch DC next season? Gracias! (that's about as far as my spanish goes)

Posted by: jermWV | December 22, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about Mayaguez, but if you eat pork, the Puerto Ricans have a wonderful way of slow roasting the meat such that it slides off the bone. And buy some earplugs for the noise that those dang frogs make.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Is Bonesteel out making another . . uh . .
"production"?

Posted by: delantero | December 22, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

buy some earplugs for the noise that those dang frogs make.

Posted by: I-270Exit1
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I thought they went to St. Bart's?

Posted by: troy6 | December 22, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Cool sounding gig jermWV. Hope congratulations are in order.
I don't know anything about Puerto Rico, but the MLS Matchcenter subscription thingy seemed to be improving from 2008. Probably be able to watch almost all of DCU's matches unless they are on FSC there.

@Reignking, the HD without a box thing is strange. I'd like to figure out how what the schedule is on the mysterious comcast network channel I'm picking up. So far I've seen soccer, midwestern golf shows, and winter X-games...?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 22, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Some interesting names on Bob's list:
http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2009/12/Bradley-Calls-30-Players-to-Begin-Training-Camp-on-Jan-4.aspx

Posted by: DadRyan
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so why does USSF bother putting height and weight on this? Rimando 5'11"? Casey weighs 170? yeah, right. If the list is accurate, I'd prefer Bob put them all in the weight room for the next four months, given that almost the entire roster is under 170 pounds. too many skinny kids who get shoved around by the grown men on other teams.

Posted by: troy6 | December 22, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Get Hugo Sanchez as the new coach.

Even though he's a train wreck as a coach, you will still get tons of people in the stands just to see him fail.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | December 22, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, you'll love Burch's plans for the offseason then.
http://www.behindthebadge.com/2009/12/video-burch-talks-offseason.php

Not suggesting national team quality from Burch but I do like an emphasis on weights for any player on DCU.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 22, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

too many skinny kids who get shoved around by the grown men on other teams.

Posted by: troy6 | December 22, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Soccer Federation today announced the hiring of Barry Bonds to be strength and conditioning coach for the men's national team program.

National team coach Bob Bradley hailed the selection. "If anyone can get us the juice we need to compete on the world stage, it's Barry," Bradley said.


Posted by: SportzNut21 | December 22, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Klinsmann was the manager of the German NT and then Bayern Munich. Taking an MLS head coaching job would not just be a step down, it would be stepping on a skateboard at the top of the basement stairs."

Here are some facts.
Fact 1. He's not going back to the German national team.
Fact 2. He has said he does not want to manage a team in Germany.
Fact 3. He is bringing his family to live in the US.

Here are his options.
Option 1. Consultant role to USMNT.
Option 2. Manage in MLS.
Option 3. Manage in Mexico.
Option 4. Broadcasting.
Option 5. Sit on his ass and count his money until someone offers him big bucks to do something.

DCU's chances of convincing him to take a position, while probably very slim, are not zero. I suspect Klinsmann wouldn't be taking a step down as much as he would be taking steps away from where he has been for personal and family reasons.

Posted by: rcdwriting | December 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Gaven and McCarty . . .Seriously?

Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro) . . who?

and where's Jermaine Jones? Edgar Castillo?

Posted by: delantero | December 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know anything about Mayaguez, but if you eat pork, the Puerto Ricans have a wonderful way of slow roasting the meat such that it slides off the bone. And buy some earplugs for the noise that those dang frogs make.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 22, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse"

I love pork and can't wait to get some of that!

"I don't know anything about Puerto Rico, but the MLS Matchcenter subscription thingy seemed to be improving from 2008. Probably be able to watch almost all of DCU's matches unless they are on FSC there.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 22, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse"

Great option. Thanks for the suggestion!

Posted by: jermWV | December 22, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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