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With the U.S. World Cup provisional roster set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon, our roundup is limited to players in contention for one of the 30 slots. While Charlie Davies (Sochaux) continues his fitness training after a six-month injury rehab, Oguchi Onyewu (knee tendon) traveled with AC Milan to Genoa but was not selected for the game-day roster and Stuart Holden (broken leg) returned for Bolton.

Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 1-0 win over Portsmouth
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 2-1 win over Sunderland
Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play in Aston Villa's 1-0 loss to Blackburn

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Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 for AC Milan's 1-0 loss at Genoa
Carlos Bocanegra not in 18 for Rennes' 2-2 tie with Nice
Jonathan Spector in 18, didn't play in West Ham's 1-1 tie with Manchester City

Jay DeMerit (season over with Watford)
Steve Cherundolo 90 in Hanover's 3-0 win at Bochum
Clarence Goodson 90 in Start's 1-0 loss at Tromso
Clint Dempsey 67 in Fulham's 4-0 loss at Arsenal
Michael Bradley 90 in Moenchengladbach's 1-1 tie with Leverkusen
Maurice Edu 72 in Rangers' 3-3 tie with Motherwell
Ricardo Clark 90 in Eintracht Frankfurt's 3-1 loss at Wolfsburg
Stuart Holden 25 in Bolton's 2-1 win over Birmingham
Benny Feilhaber in 18, didn't play in Aarhus' 1-0 win at Nordsjaelland
Jose Francisco Torres 90 in Pachuca's 2-1 win at Monterrey
(Pachuca advances to semifinals on 3-1 aggregate)
Alejandro Bedoya 90 in Orebro's 1-0 win over Djurgardens
DaMarcus Beasley not in 18 for Rangers
(Beasley writes on Twitter that he won't return to the club)
Jozy Altidore (season over with Hull City)
Herculez Gomez (season over with Puebla)
Eddie Johnson 90 (goal at 2:40 of video) in Aris' 4-2 loss at AEK Athens
Freddy Adu in 18, didn't play for Aris

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By Steve Goff  |  May 9, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags: AC Milan, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, Eintracht Frankfurt, Freddy Adu, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, Soccer, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, World Cup  
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Cunningham may botch chances but at least he's been playing soccer for the last couple years, and still gets chances.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 9, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Freddy will be back in MLS by this time next year.

Will he be reunited with Piotr ("The Little Sheet" was his nickname for him)? How about that other ex-DCU coach who loved him so much, Soehn in Vancouver?

He'll be back, in all his Nike, Arnold Tarsi glory. Will he be the face of MLS soccer as he was before?

You can't make this sheet up.

Posted by: lgm6986 | May 9, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Holden got minutes? Yeah! About the only really good news in this post. The Howard, Cherundolo, and Torres work is nice too.

Posted by: troy6 | May 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

dude, what do you have against Arnold? or Freddy, for that matter.

perhaps you can't make sheet up -- although I posit you can -- but you sure can spew it.

Posted by: troy6 | May 9, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I speweth the truth. If you ever had to deal with Arnold, you would know.

Posted by: lgm6986 | May 9, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Spector had his best game in a month for WHU today.



Posted by: jayrockers | May 9, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The good news is that we're about as healthy at this point as we could have possibly expected a few months ago. Anyone know why Boca has failed to make the 18 for two successive games, though?

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I caught the Pachuca game on Telemundo last night and Gringo Torres (as he is apparently referred to) assisted on the second Pachuca goal, and set up Monterrey's goal with a poor pass. The assist started with a little give-and-go then he dropped a pass to his outside and a wide open teammate. It was a little worrisome to see how lazy a few of his passes were in the midfield.

I wonder if Beas will be back in the MLS this summer. I can't imagine the demand for him is that high in Europe.

Posted by: stoscarthegreat | May 9, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Freddy coming back to MLS? That's lol funny. He's 20 and playing regularly at a higher level than MLS. Anyone with half a brain knows he'll be fine.

It was shocking he didn't play today, but he's assured loads of time in Aris's next outing. Cuper opted for Calvo on the left, and Calvo stunk it up before getting sent off. Cuper brought Meriem off the bench, and Meriem continued his run of poor form. Freddy's been playing loads lately. Cuper apparently wanted to get him a little rest and help Calvo and Meriem break out of their slumps. Freddy got some rest and will be ready to go next time Aris plays.

Johnson continues a good run. He deserves a look as much as Buddle and Gomez do, frankly. He's scoring against better competition than Buddle faces, and probably equal to (if not superior to) Gomez's competition.

It's great to see Holden see the pitch. Hopefully he can knock the rust off and be fit and sharp in time for South Africa.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | May 9, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm at the KSU/Beat stadium and this place has "national team friendlies written all over it. Just gorgeous. Shameless plug, look for my brother and I if you're watching. Right side goal, behind the "Atlanta Til-I-Die" banner. At the very least, flip over to get a peek at the stadium.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 9, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Probably not Freddy (yet) but I would think Beasley might be considering it? This is probably his last WC (well depending on what kind of talent we have coming up) and he would be a good add to MLS.

I would pay good money to watch Beasley play for whatever MLS squad...DC would be nice!

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 9, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse


My god if DC United gave refunds to fans for their awful performance our 2010 season tickets would be free.

That's nice of Seattle, but necessary? They got crushed by the best team in MLS, not Philly or DC…

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 9, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

National team friendlies in a stadium of 8k? What nation, Belize?

Posted by: Reignking | May 9, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Jacob! Wave at the camera!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 9, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

That's an awfully deep marketing ploy by the Sounders FO. I remember some Sounders fans saying DCU's FO was "pandering" by "bribing" us to come out for the Open Cup final with 96 ticket prices, concessions, etc...

What does this baloney qualify as? SPAM?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

It's a nice stadium and would probably be fine for WNT friendlies or WWC qualifiers. IIRC, the US-Canada friendly at RFK drew fewer than 10K.

They Sky Blue are actually wearing sky blue instead of orange.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 9, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, no I meant WNT friendlies.

I'm sold on WPS. Better in person than on tv. I will be buying a pair of season ticket packs when I get home from this hour long drive to the other side of the -ish.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 9, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

KSU should try to attract the SEC women's championship tournament. Last year this event was held at a really obscure venue on the Florida-Alabama border.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Quality of play was better than I expected except for...shooting. Just awful. Sit in the end zone for a free souvenir.

Posted by: Reignking | May 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@Southeasterner -- You might want to reconsider your Beazlove after checking this out:

Posted by: edgeonyou | May 9, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Why was Yamaguchi allowed to wait until Monday to take off for Japan, while Sawa was not?

Here's a detailed analysis of last weekend's Freedom match:

Posted by: universityandpark | May 9, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

@Southeasterner -- You might want to reconsider your Beazlove after checking this out:

Posted by: edgeonyou | May 9, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

B-Diddy? He could be DC's answer to Landycakes infamous glamour shots.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 9, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Spector had his best game in a month for WHU today.



Posted by: jayrockers | May 9, 2010 3:01 PM


Jay's getting snarky...and funny, to boot.

Posted by: fischy | May 10, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Should we be worried that Gooch wasn't in the 18? From quotes I had seen from him, it seemed that he thought he might be playing in the last 2 games. Was he left off because of not being fit yet or coach's decision? I'm a little worried.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | May 10, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I speweth the truth. If you ever had to deal with Arnold, you would know.

Posted by: lgm6986
I have dealt with Arnold. I thought he was a nice guy, but admittedly our contact has been pretty minimal. If you have personal experience behind your opinion, then you are absolutely entitled to it. I thought you were just slinging mud without any basis. So, sorry 'bout that.

I still think we would be fantastically lucky to get Freddy back in the Black and Red. But we won't, because he has played very well in Europe when he has gotten the minutes. And yeah, I've personally attended about 200 of those minutes.

Posted by: troy6 | May 10, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kev29 | May 10, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Freddy has not been playing regularly at any of his stops in Europe. If he has any hope of gaining entry to the USMNT pool for the next WC cycle, he has to play; in reality he has to be a first-11 player. MLS would be the path of least resistance to that.

Yes, he has other issues that will affect his entry into the pool even if he plays 90 minutes each game for a full MLS season. Those issues have a better chance of getting sorted out if he's playing than if he's not. Any MLS team (DCU couldn't use him now, right?) will put him on the fieled right away and he will improve as the all-around player he needs to be.

Posted by: lgm6986 | May 10, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

lgm, he has had his struggles, but lately he has been moving in the right direction. I think being with Aris for a full season, with the same coach (and Europe play?) is a great situation.

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

lgm, what are you talking about? How do you define 'playing regularly', because by reasonable standards he's playing regularly RIGHT NOW at Aris. What will you say when he starts and goes 90 on Wednesday?

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | May 10, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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