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U.S. World Cup roster countdown

When will U.S. Coach Bob Bradley name his World Cup roster?

In 2002 and '06, Bruce Arena unveiled his selections about six weeks before the Americans' first match. Using that timeline, we would find out by May 1.

For this World Cup, FIFA is requiring teams to submit a preliminary list of 30 by May 11. Bradley could wait until the deadline to make his choices public, but with U.S. training camp set to open in mid-May -- the USSF is considering, among other locations, Cary, N.C., and universities in the Northeast -- he seems likely to do it earlier. (Expect an ESPN special presentation.)

Besides the 23-man Cup roster, which does not have to be submitted to FIFA until June 1, Bradley will line up as many as seven alternates in case of injuries suffered with clubs, at training camp or in the friendlies against the Czech Republic on May 25 in East Hartford, Conn., and Turkey on May 29 in Philadelphia. (Alternates don't usually attend pre-Cup training camp.)

In 2002, with 10 options, Arena replaced Chris Armas (knee) with Greg Vanney, then, after Vanney hurt a knee, turned to Steve Cherundolo. Four years later, with 13 choices, Arena took Gregg Berhalter and Chris Albright to fill in for the injured Cory Gibbs and Frankie Hejduk.

After June 1, FIFA allows teams to make changes only up to 24 hours before their first game and only for a medically certified injury. Replacements do not necessarily have to come from the list of 30. Yeah, it's strange.

As for Bradley's 23.....

Before we get to my latest picks, consider this:

In both 2002 and '06, the final roster was almost evenly divided between foreign-based and MLS players: 11 from the domestic league, 12 from overseas. This year? It could be 19 from abroad, four from MLS (including well-traveled Landon Donovan).

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan.
Defenders: Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Heath Pearce.
Midfielders: Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, Stuart Holden, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, DaMarcus Beasley.
Midfielder-forwards: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey.
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Brian Ching, Charlie Davies.

Alternates: Troy Perkins, Frank Simek, Chad Marshall, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Conor Casey, Robbie Findley.

In the Mix?: Nick Rimando, Jimmy Conrad, Edgar Castillo, Alejandro Bedoya, Kyle Beckerman, Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Eddie Johnson, Jermaine Jones.

Thoughts?


By Steve Goff  |  March 12, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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Spector, Pearce, and Bocanegra all can play left back. I'd drop Bornstein and take another central defender.

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | March 12, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

after reading Grant Wahl's article earlier in the week it sounds like Jermaine Jones is definitely in the mix if he can get healthy.

And I think Bedoya has played his way into the mix...The Netherlands game was the 2nd time Torres got the early hook from Bradley in a high profile match.

And good lord, I hope Bornstein has at least played himself off the field if not off the team entirely...he's always shown his game is lacking against high level competition.

Posted by: teo_68 | March 12, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Lots of good stuff from around the world (and I thought Sergio Ramos was impersonating Simon Cowell).


After Hiroshima were awarded the penalty, defender Makino placed the ball on the spot before retreating to the edge of the box to start his run-up. At that moment, stealthy striker Sato rushed in from the right and smashed the ball into the net, taking the referee and S-Pulse goalkeeper and players by surprise. The goal stood.

Posted by: Reignking | March 12, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

love that roster, just hope the injured players can recover in time.

Posted by: VTUnited | March 12, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Bedoya excites me, won't lie.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 12, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

3rd for Bedoya, at least as an alternate (and ahead of Sacha and double R).

Posted by: VTUnited | March 12, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Spector, Pearce, and Bocanegra all can play left back. I'd drop Bornstein and take another central defender."

Couldn't agree more...AND..want to see Bedoya make the trip. Would love to see Davies and Jones on field at same time!

Posted by: BellusLudas | March 12, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I vote Goff for US general manager and find someone else to coach games.

Posted by: Dancy1 | March 12, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

@Dancy1
I was very vocal in my support for Goff to be DC United's new coach.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 12, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I second VTUtd...I hope all get & stay healthy and on form - then we take the squad you have listed to SA.

Posted by: soccerman | March 12, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cr10 | March 12, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

It's not strange, it's FIFA being FIFA.

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"After June 1, FIFA allows teams to make changes only up to 24 hours before their first game and only for a medically certified injury. Replacements do not necessarily have to come from the list of 30. Yeah, it's strange."

Posted by: Juan-John1 | March 12, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Edu and Beasley add nothing"

You must not have watched the US/Netherlands match eh?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 12, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

John O'Brien is tan, rested and ready.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 12, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What if Tim Howard gets injured? Why not put Friedel on the alternate list? I guess you might need to worry about the cruel twist of fate this would be for Guzan...Timmy injured, his chance to start the biggest game of his life taken away by (cue horror movie music, teenage girl's blood curdling scream)...the other Brad...nooooooo

Posted by: assocfoot | March 12, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Friedel announced his retirement from the national team years ago
He's not coming back

Posted by: Steve Goff | March 12, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I say put Freddy Adu higher in the alternates pool, as in the case if Landon Donovan gets injured before the cup. Donovan goes down, who else could pull the strings? I say Freddy...

Posted by: alan19 | March 12, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I think its great that this many more players have played overseas.
Most of the Non-MLS players DID play in MLS for some or much of their career thusfar.
In addition, I think only Ching and Bornstein have only played in MLS and never overseas... I could be off by one or two guys, but I think this is a really positive development for the National Team.

Posted by: jake77 | March 12, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

With both Holden and Feilhaber injured, the chances of them both making the plane don't seem that impressive to me. Sure, they are scheduled to be back with a little breathing room, but Feilhaber has had issues with reaching peak fitness in the past, and Holden was only just starting to get quality minutes in serious matches. My money is on Feilhaber not getting fit in time.

As for Beasley going, it is crazy to take him as offensive first aid- he's the one who goes down the easiest. Bedoya needs to make the plane for this reason alone.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 12, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

ugh, shouldn't we be putting the team somewhere to vaguely climatize for South AFrica? atleast somewhere less cool.

Posted by: crocken | March 12, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

i had a really vivid dream where I was playing right midfield with the USMNT against Brazil and Simek was definitely playing right back.... weird....

Posted by: crocken | March 12, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

ugh, shouldn't we be putting the team somewhere to vaguely climatize for South AFrica? atleast somewhere less cool.

Posted by: crocken | March 12, 2010 6:44 PM |

Maybe you're right, but keep in mind that it is winter in South Africa in July.

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | March 12, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

It is crazy that davies has already progressed to the point that he is not just listed as an alternate, but is actually being considered for a roster spot. Go charlie!

Posted by: joe_hill | March 12, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Goff's Twitter page has an interesting item about the USMNT's next scheduled match.

Posted by: universityandpark | March 12, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Please take Klestjan over Beasley

Posted by: godpere | March 12, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

bornstein is horrible.

Posted by: castroviejo | March 12, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

@u&p, if that is true, that sucks. I've already purchased 4 tix for the USA/Turkey match.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 12, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse


ugh, shouldn't we be putting the team somewhere to vaguely climatize for South AFrica? atleast somewhere less cool.

Posted by: crocken | March 12, 2010 6:44 PM |

Maybe you're right, but keep in mind that it is winter in South Africa in July.

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | March 12, 2010 6:56 PM

Also, the team will be there for like 17 days before their first game.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 12, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

The Turkey cancellation would appear to be a hoax from everything I've dug up.
Wait and see I suppose. Maybe we'd have enough time to schedule someone else to play? How about Ireland!?!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 12, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The Heath Pearce thing is interesting--he sat bench forever for Rostock, and now plays right back and is in the mix for left mid at Dallas, but not left back.

So we'd be taking a guy to the World Cup as cover at left back who hasn't started a game at left back for any club team in...what...18 months?

Posted by: StanShmenge | March 12, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

OT: On FSC last night, in a report on the MLS CBA negotiations, the reporter referred to the Federal Mediation and Consolation [sic] Service.

The Cayman Islands U17 lasses are bringing out the impulse to root for the underdog, but not much else.

Posted by: universityandpark | March 12, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Please take Klestjan [sic] over Beasley

If Kljestan goes and Beasley doesn't, I'm rooting for Mexico.

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 12, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Hoost | March 12, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Headline on ESPN: "Injured Nesta could miss the rest of the season"

How close is Gooch to being ready to come back? Maybe he can get some PT.....

As for Freddy, there were a bunch of digits (modern equiv of lots of ink) about his scoring for Aris -- but is he still playing?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | March 12, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

15 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 12, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

My humble opinion:

Bedoya isn't just in the mix. He's on the squad. Torres -- may be not so much. Either that, or one fewer defender. Not sure what BB is thinking. He's been trying Bornstein at CB. If he's happy with his play there, I could see Pearce being left home because he's not as versatile. Personally, although I have great affection for my fellow tribesman, I'd move Bornstein to alternate -- I'd actually like to see Pearce starting at LB, but I'm betting Boca gets the lion's share there. Or, he brings 9 defenders and moves Jose down to alternate. From what I've seen of him, I don't think he should see the pitch, so I'm cool with leaving him off the 23.

Jermaine Jones is definitely in the mix. If he can get healthy and start playing -- seems unlikely, but I can dream, no? -- he's not just a serious candidate for the 23....he's a serious candidate for the first XI. He's the real wild card here. I can't see him being ready in 2 months. If he's getting close he might make the June 1 final list, regardless of what BB announces 2 weeks earlier.

As for the suggestion above about Friedel -- Yes, he did retire from the national team. However, I keep reading from people who claim to know, that he has said he could change his mind in case of injuries. If that's so, he should be the 4th (alternate) goalie, not Perkins.

I do wonder about Casey. Ching will be the #1 target forward. Do we go with only one? Haven't made up my own mind, and I'd be surprised if BB has. For me, he's on the bubble as much as Torres, Pearce and Bornstein. Finally -- as bad as Findley and Cunningham looked, maybe Gomez does get an invite to the camp...

Posted by: fischy | March 12, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

DCU news from Goff's twitter -- no big surprises, but Wasson and Taylor were cut loose. I'm guessing Pena's injury against Santos wasn't serious. He's probably won a job already -- unless Ashton's seen something really interesting in Brazil. MLSnet has a feature on Tim Ream -- NYRB's 2nd rd pick -- who is on the verge of making the starting XI. I find this significant, because I still think DCU could have pried the pick just before from Philly in the Perkins deal. We could have had Ream or Stahl. Spilled milk?

Other info from Goff's tweet -- Najar's been called back in for the Charleston tourney. Is the team just looking to give him a bit more seasoning, or does he suddenly have an outside shot at the roster? I'm sure it's the former, but it's fun to speculate. It seems it's only a matter of time before the offer him a contract -- this year or next.

Posted by: fischy | March 12, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

RSL made a nice pickup -- Costa Rican national team striker Saborio. Seriously, every few days other teams are making strong signings, while DCU brings in hopeless trialists. What is the front office doing?

Posted by: fischy | March 12, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I just read the most interesting perspective on what might be going on behind the scenes, with respect to the MLS CBA talks.

http://soccerlens.com/expansion-bid-by-foreign-club-could-spur-changes-in-mls-contracts/41697/#ixzz0i0AAbApy

The gist is that Garber is possibly preparing to make real concessions, perhaps even change the whole single-entity structure that has MLS owning the player contracts. Y'all will recall that Barcelona fell out of the bidding for a Miami franchise in the last expansion round. According to the article, a big sticking point was the league ownership of players. Not only was that anathema to Barca, it was a deal-breaker because it got in the way of what they wanted to do. They wanted a real affiliate -- that could groom players for the Spanish side, even as it expanded the brand with real presence in the Western Hemisphere and the Latino community.

Presumably, any European team that invested in MLS would have similar goals and similar objections to MLS' current structure. Garber had serious talks last week with Manchester CIty. The article speculates that Garber is trying to line up European investment, even as he prepares MLS to operate more like other leagues. If he can line up such splashy, exciting foreign investment, he would be able to sell the other MLS owners on opening up contract arrangements in was that the players might accept.

Sounds like an awful lot for Garber to accomplish in the next few weeks, but I think it's a fascinating argument.

Posted by: fischy | March 12, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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RSL made a nice pickup -- Costa Rican national team striker Saborio. Seriously, every few days other teams are making strong signings, while DCU brings in hopeless trialists. What is the front office doing?

Posted by: fischy | March 12, 2010 10:52 PM
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This is a good pickup by RSL. Saborio is like a poor man's Adriano. I've been following his career and his compatriot Cristian Bolanos since they were at Saprissa. Was hoping DCU were scouting them but finally someone in MLS made the move. Bolanos is a guy that could replace Moreno. If he's still in Norway, don't know why we couldn't afford him.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | March 12, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

What? No Chris Pontius on the roster?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Easy. If you are not at least 99% ready to go on 1 June, then you stay home.

So, Gooch, Holden, Davies, etc who are currently injured and can't fire on all cylinders come deadline day . . sorry, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

I wish it were not the case, but you don't need to look down the bench and think, "Well, he's not 100%, but he's the best we got now." Especially after phantom reds and injuries at the Cup itself.

This is not a charity, feel good event!

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

ditto that, delantero

Posted by: benonthehill | March 13, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

cherundolo and bornstein? edu and clark? those are like two pair of the same player. drop one from each set.
goff, beasley and ching as locks? really they are both fringe players in most other experts opinions? we are really hurting if all of these players travel.

i dont see why you dont throw adu on there as a creative player that could be a late game difference maker or wildcard.

this roster is just too predictable and frankly, full of boring players.

Posted by: jay-jay | March 13, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Glad I'm not the only one having issues with posting on this site.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 13, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

StanShmenge:

Pearce isn't right back at Dallas because he can't displace Benitez. It's because they have no capable right back. Dallas found themselves in a situation where they could have 2 very good MLS left backs, and one of them happens to also do well on the right. I've never been a huge fan of Pearce, but he's not stuck as Dallas's RB because of his own deficiencies; it's the needs of that team in particular.

fischy:

Spilled milk? I'd say so. Being the best center back in NY is like being the most sober person after a bender. You're still not good to drive.

fischy again:

Saborio may or may not pan out (Costa Ricans had a pretty difficult time adapting to MLS in multiple positions). However, I don't think DC's trialists are hopeless. If Pena is fit, he's closer to what we need than Saborio is to RSL (a team with reasonable strikers).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | March 13, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Former DC United Mid, Eliseo Quintanilla, scored his first goal at Mexican club Correcaminos UAT in a 4-0 victory : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTR7h8sL_jA

Posted by: ESFan21 | March 13, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

US U17 girls 13 - Cayman Islands 0.

I watched until the second goal. In that time we probably should have been up 4 or 5 goals. I think the ball was in our half once in the time I watched. The Cayman Island girls were hopelessly overmatched. Even the US girls didn't seem to celebrate the first two goals enthusiastically.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 13, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

No start for Donovan? Glad I didn't go out of my way to watch this match. Might as well get a head start on the chores.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 13, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

@DadRyan
How do you like those Everton uniforms? Black with Hot-pink piping...hidddddious!!!

To quote the Comicbook guy on Simpsons "Ugliest uniforms EVER!!!" (BOLD type and UNDERlined)

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 13, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Just think how different things would be for DC United if we were the Black and Hot Pink instead of the Black and Red.

I can emagine a United store selling ladies stretchpants starting in xxlarge in the away hot-pink colors.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 13, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Instead of the Screaming Eagles fan club, they would be the Flaming Flamingos.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 13, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

@delantero -- Why don't you tell us what you really feel?

I'll say this only once -- Gooch, Davies, Dempsey and Holden are all going to be playing for their club teams by May 1 (well, Gooch might need another player ahead if him to go down, but he'll be fit and ready). If they're ready for their club teams, they're ready for SA a month later. Feilhaber, too. The only question mark now is Jermaine Jones (of course, anyone can get hurt before the Cup). Jones is hoping, but it does seem a long shpt right now.

That Birmingham goal was wild. I feel Howard could have gotten to it, but I can see why he reacted so late -- the back heel flick ball coming thru the defender's legs.

Posted by: fischy | March 13, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Goalkeepers look good. But Bornstein AND Pearce? Please, no! Pearce at least looked half decent against Holland. Bornstein was a nightmare. Assuming Onyewu and DeMerit are both healthy, Bocanegra will start on the left. Bornstein and Pearce both are overkill. And Edu AND Clark? Edu's return to form render Clark disposable, especially since Clark hasn't played a meaningful match in a long, long time, and his injury concerns are spoiling his chances to get minutes in Germany. Feilhaber is really losing his grip on a spot, mostly due to injuries. I'll be dumbfounded if both Clark and Feilhaber make the final 23.

I also think Ching is expendable. Altidore will start up top, and Ching-Altidore is NOT a good combination. And Ching's never made much of an impression against top international competition.

As for the alternates, Findley is totally useless at this level. No reason to put him on the alternates list. Also, I think Rogers is clearly not ready, and Simek's redundant. And Kljestan? Please, no. Adu (if Bradley doesn't give him a look before the final selection, he should be clubbed senseless with frozen fish) and Bedoya should be in the alternates, especially Adu. Yes, it was two years ago, but Adu's already shown that he can make things happen against some of the best teams in the world. If he gets some more playing time in Greece these spring, and since he can play a couple positions and he and Altidore have always combined so well, I'll be very, very disappointed to see him miss out. I'd be damn angry if he doesn't go but stiffs like Ching or Bornstein make the final 23.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | March 13, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Here's some food for thought: Today, Loyola U. opens up a $62 million 6500-seat lacrosse and soccer ground. The Sun is singing praises in an article today noting feelings of "awe" looking at the new stadium

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/lacrosse/bal-sp.loyolalax13mar13,0,3315124.story

If a small school can get this done, why is it so hard for a pro soccer team that could easily fill 2-3x as many seats, on a slow night?

Posted by: fischy | March 13, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Schools have just a bit more money than DCU.

Posted by: Reignking | March 13, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Just as a data point - According to Weather Underground, the average high temp in much of South Africa during June and July is around 60 deg. F. and the average low is around 40 deg. F. So, New England or other points North would seem the best "acclimatization" location. Or do you want the hot South so it will feel so much better in SA??

Posted by: rnewman1 | March 13, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Not sure what happened there. Apologies.

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Gooch, Davies, Dempsey and Holden are all going to be playing for their club teams by May 1"

Take out playing, insert training (minus Dempsey), unless your magic 8 ball is better than mine, that is.

So, you want to bring guys who have not played in a competitive match since October and who may or may not be 100%?

Posted by: delantero | March 13, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Hull-Arsenal match...

It's really distracting to watch soccer games in England, with all the rugby markings visible on the pitch.

Posted by: fischy | March 13, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

@delantero -- I'm not going to promise that Gooch gets much playing time, but I do read. Don't need a magic 8 ball. The others will be healthy and, if they're healthy, they'll be on the pitch. They were starters before and they will start games again. As for Gooch, he'll be more likely to play now that Nesta's down. Those guys should be the least of our concerns, as thy are among our very best players.

Posted by: fischy | March 13, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

fischy,

Land is a bit easier to acquire here in Baltimore than in DC.

Also, Loyola's new stadium is about 2 miles west of campus. While accessible via public transport, I can imagine a few issues for underclassmen to reach the stadium -- even with the shuttle emanating from Poly's parking lot.

Posted by: B_A_ | March 13, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The others will be healthy

I suppose this could be said definitively in a world without setbacks and re-injuries.

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 13, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

@9nine9, considering the alternative I think that black and pink jersey is fine. In fact I entertained buying one of those if Donovan perhaps stays, or stayed at Everton. The blue one with the dickie or bib or whatever is hideous. That black shirt wouldn't hurt your chances out at the club, the blue one would

That being said, the black and pink would be a little too Palermo tired for my liking. Although I did like those pink jerseys that TFC wore this last season for breast cancer awareness. You know me though, I'm a fan of 3rd jerseys, and such but Kevin Payne already blew that dream boat up a long time ago.

I'd also wear that black and pink Everton shirt over ANY Chelsea jersey if Donovan landed there.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 13, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm amazed that the still not playing Charlie Davies is in your list of 23. Perhaps an alternate but the guy hasn't played for months.... I put Conor Casey in there!

Posted by: lovinliberty | March 15, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Goch too--out for months. Move him to the alternates....

Posted by: lovinliberty | March 15, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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