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Friday kickaround

*With Fulham's 2-1 comeback victory over Hamburg in the second leg of a Europa League semifinal, midfielder Clint Dempsey is in position to become the first American to play for a major European title, May 12 vs. Atletico Madrid. A good read from the London Daily Telegraph.

*Juergen Klinsmann will have a role on the U.S. World Cup scene after all -- as an ESPN/ABC studio analyst.

*A link to my print edition story about Charlie Davies' status and Bob Bradley's U.S. roster outlook.

*Commenting on the left back situation, Bradley said that, besides obvious options in Carlos Bocanegra and Jonathan Bornstein, "We have paid a lot of attention to the fact that Jonathan Spector has played more left back than right back for West Ham." Spector has played on the right and in the middle for the U.S. team, and appears to be the top choice to start on the right in the World Cup.

*Check out this World Cup-themed ad featuring former England national team managers Terry Venables and Graham Taylor in a retirement home, with ex-England defender Stuart Pearce barking instruction, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, a Scot, cheering for the USA, and the comely Kelly Brook (background info here):

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By Steve Goff  |  April 30, 2010; 8:56 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , England , Germany , TV , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, Fulham, Hamburg, Jonathan Spector, Juergen Klinsmann, Kenny Dalglish, Soccer, Stuart Pearce, Terry Venables, World Cup  
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Comments

Did he write comely?? hmmm

Posted by: Smitty68 | April 30, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, a Scot, cheering for the USA.

Ha. I would think that all Scots, Welshmen and Irishmen will be rooting for USA v Dingland.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | April 30, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Does comely mean HOT?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | April 30, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I don't mean to nitpick, but according to wikipedia, Jovan Kirovski won 96-97 the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund. He even scored a goal in the tournament:

"Kirovski spent the next four seasons in Germany, playing sparingly for Dortmund; he did however play and score in Dortmund's 1996–97 Champions League campaign, becoming the first American to win the competition."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jovan_Kirovski

Posted by: PeteO1 | April 30, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Kirovski was not in the 18 for the final. you fail as fact checker!

Posted by: pino149 | April 30, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Goffer's line could be amended to...

"midfielder Clint Dempsey is in position to become the first American to actually play for a major European title"

Posted by: Kev29 | April 30, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The Daily Telegraph article was superb.

Posted by: TwinCity | April 30, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

The Daily Telegraph article was superb.

Posted by: TwinCity | April 30, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

And Hamburg is hosting the Europa final...ouch.

Posted by: Reignking | April 30, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Thomas Dooley won a Europa Cup Title in 1997 with Schalke.

Posted by: MBBeachbum | April 30, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Thomas Dooley won a Europa Cup Title in 1997 with Schalke.

Posted by: MBBeachbum | April 30, 2010 9:50 AM

In the 18, did not play

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_UEFA_Cup_Final

This is like throwback Americans Abroad!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 30, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Interesting year, 1997, with German sides winning both titles (and Bayern not even on e of those teams). But for Fulham's late rally, two German teams would have been poised for a repeat.

The Klinsmann item is kinda interesting. Jurgen wants to stay relevant in the US soccer scene, it seems. He also claims the USMNT needs to establish an identity -- a style of play, like Brazil and Argentina. Maybe what defines us is the smooth amalgam of other national styles?

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

In addition to Thomas Dooley, former US international David Wagner was on Schalke when they won the UEFA Cup.

Like Dooley, Wagner was the son of a US service man and grew up in Germany.

Having said that, I don't remember if either Dooley or Wagner actually got on the field in the final.

Posted by: mercedeskk | April 30, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, if they were on a team and played even one minute of the tournament that year, they are champions along with the first-choice players. If it said that Dempsey may be the first American to play in a major Euro final (which we assume but don't know for sure), I would agree.

Ribery won't play in the Champions League final. Should he not get any credit for the title if Bayern win?

Posted by: PeteO1 | April 30, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

A tweet from Goff -- now reporting that DCU is waiting for an int'l transfer certificate for Emilio. This is one of the more mystifying elements of global soccer. What holds up these things?

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

He also claims the USMNT needs to establish an identity -- a style of play, like Brazil and Argentina. Maybe what defines us is the smooth amalgam of other national styles?

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2010 10:51 AM

I think most observers would describe our play as gritty, aggressive in midfield and counter-attacking. Especially in big matches. I'm OK with that, we don't have a wealth of world class talent and it frustrates the hell out of countries that play more of a pan-Latin possession game (Mexico). So I would be happy to label our style as anti-Mexican :-)

Posted by: Kev29 | April 30, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

has anyone requested that Najar stay at CAM for the rest of the season? I don't know if he'll be able to handle it the entire year though. I'd like to see this more than quaranta. Move him back to the outside and utilize moreno as a secondary option with pontius and one of the look-a-likes as the other option. (All white forwards look the same)

Posted by: SexyOffender | April 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The ether is abuzz with reports that DC United has traded for some midfield help -- U of Md. alum Stephen King. Nothing official yet, but the Seattle press is reporting he's not at practice and has been traded to unknown team. Never understood why they didn't draft him -- why they picked Cordeiro instead.

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff,

They copied basically the same plot for a direct tv commercial in south america, about the up and coming world cup with older south american stars in the retirement home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spw2EM62CZY

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | April 30, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

The ether is abuzz with reports that DC United has traded for some midfield help -- U of Md. alum Stephen King. Nothing official yet, but the Seattle press is reporting he's not at practice and has been traded to unknown team. Never understood why they didn't draft him -- why they picked Cordeiro instead.

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2010 11:47 AM

obviously, i'd be interested to see what was traded. I did like him at Chicago, not so much in Seattle. Though I just checked his wikipedia, and as we all know, nothing is true until that says it has happened.

Posted by: SexyOffender | April 30, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday, I wrote of Kasper's dishonesty with resepct to his statements about DCU not wanting Emilio at all. I was admonished by other posts which essentially said I should cut him a break because Emilio may have softened his demands, and that may have changed the dynamics, etc.

Bottom line is that Kasper could have said if he were smart, which he isn't, that DCU is open to Emilio's return under the right circumstances, or something conditional like that instead of flat-out saying Emilio would not be returning to DCU. But because Kasper is MLS's village idiot, he instead makes a 100% false statement and now looks like the fool that he is for opening his mouth that way.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 30, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand the bitterness about Kasper's comments? Why is it in any way of interest?

I'll work up a lather with you if you can explain why we should care?

Posted by: JkR- | April 30, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe what defines us is the smooth amalgam of other national styles?

Posted by: fischy | April 30, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

That's what I'm hoping - that we are the great melting pot of playing styles, and more than the sum of our parts. I'm hoping we can take the best of European structure, Latin flair, and African athleticism.

The fear is that we become too predictable in our approach. It's an odd analogy, I know, but I worry our style of play will become like news anchors who articulate in a kind of neutral way that everyone understands, but which lacks its own identity.

Posted by: WorldCup | April 30, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If I wasn't jealous of those men before, I am now.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 30, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@Kev29 - also known as the "Arizona Style".

the makeup of the USMNT back 4 is like an eternal question at this point, but i think i would like to have it be: Cherundolo, Gooch/DeMerit, Bocanegra, Spector with Goodson and Bornstein (and the other Center Back) available off the bench. Edu can also pop back there in a pinch.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 30, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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