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U.S. player schedules before World Cup camp

Many of the 30 U.S. players invited to World Cup training camp will begin reporting to Princeton University this weekend, but several must play at least one more time for their club before heading to New Jersey. (Bob Bradley is undoubtedly praying for an injury-free weekend.)

FIFA rules stipulate that, even if matches remain on the calendar after May 16, clubs must release players to their national teams. (The exception is the UEFA Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich on May 22.)

So, for instance, even if Pachuca advances to next week's Mexican playoff finals, Bradley is within his right to recall midfielder Jose Torres. The USSF said it won't comment on Torres' situation until Pachuca's semifinal series with Toluca is completed. The same pertains to forward Eddie Johnson, who has a Greek playoff game scheduled for next Wednesday, and to the U.S. players competing in leagues that continue into the summer: Norway and MLS.

Speaking of Johnson, we're awaiting further details about his apparent hamstring injury suffered today in the first half against AEK Athens.

Defender Heath Pearce will have the shortest commute to training camp, driving 49 miles from Philadelphia, where his FC Dallas club plays Saturday, to Princeton.

For the week's schedule.....

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Oguchi Onyewu: AC Milan vs. Juventus Saturday
Carlos Bocanegra: Rennes at Boulogne Saturday
Clarence Goodson: Start at Jerv Thursday, vs. Kongsvinger Sunday
Jonathan Bornstein: Chivas USA at Columbus Saturday
Chad Marshall: Columbus vs. Chivas USA Saturday
Heath Pearce: Dallas at Philadelphia Saturday
Benny Feilhaber: Aarhus vs. Odense Sunday
Alejandro Bedoya: Orebro at Goteborg Thursday
Jose Torres: Pachuca vs. Toluca tonight, at Toluca Saturday
Landon Donovan: Los Angeles vs. Toronto Saturday
Robbie Rogers: Columbus vs. Chivas USA Saturday
Sacha Kljestan: Chivas USA at Columbus Saturday
Eddie Johnson: Aris at PAOK Sunday
Edson Buddle: Los Angeles vs. Toronto Saturday
Brian Ching: Houston at Real Salt Lake Thursday
Robbie Findley: Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Thursday

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By Steve Goff  |  May 12, 2010; 8:10 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: AC Milan, Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, Princeton University, Soccer, UEFA Champions League, World Cup  
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Keeping my fingers crossed on Eddie Johnson's situation.

Posted by: Curious99 | May 12, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

How is Aris doing in the Greek playoffs? I can't find a table. I'd imagine if they're out of the running that maybe they let EJ go.
Providing his injury isn't serious of course...

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | May 12, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

They don't have to "let EJ go". Bradley gets him if he wants regardless.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 12, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Goodson also has a Cup match tomorrow.

Posted by: euroman | May 12, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Gringo Torres is getting stuck in and picking up a yellow card so he can just go to camp already? Or is he showing Bob he can after all "get stuck in" when it really matters? ;)

I hope Gringo makes it all the way to SA and someone remind me again, what circumstances would pit the US against Mexico in the World Cup?

Vamos El Tuzos! They just equalized after Toluca went up very early in the second half.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Pearce could always bike to Princeton...

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

After all that, the stupid link didn't work. My bad.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd imagine if they're out of the running that maybe they let EJ go.
Providing his injury isn't serious of course...

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | May 12, 2010 8:44 PM

Ummm...if you love the Goffer, it would behoove you to read what he's written. Aris has no choice in the matter. The team has to let EJ go. The only question being whether the USMNT might decide it's in EJ's interest (ant the program's interest) for him to stay for next week's match.

Posted by: fischy | May 12, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the corrections. That's honestly what I meant, just phrased it wrong. There are two types of letting him go aren't there? Yes, they are obligated to do so, but to borrow a line, are they going to do it the easy way or the hard way?

Posted by: LovetheGoffer | May 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Let's say EJ is out with the injury. Who gets added to the roster?

Posted by: dsheon1 | May 12, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping that Onyewu and Boca see the field. Never know with Boca, and wouldn't it be Great if Milan put their money where their mouth is with Gooch.

For clarification, I'd like to know whether Milan were merely interested in American jersey sales for a free player, or if they actually have plans for him.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 12, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

It's training camp, not a qualifier. What do they do at training camp? Train. Let the players with one mre game left stay with their clubs, where they will also train and play.

You can get injured in training camp too, especially after a long flight and deep vein thrombosis (I'm not a physician, I just make stuff up when it suits me)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 12, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's say EJ is out with the injury. Who gets added to the roster?

Posted by: dsheon1

My first guess would be Beckerman. Or Adu? Brad Evans? LOL.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

What a game. El Gringo didn't look all that sharp, unfortunately.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 12, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree Boo, he didn't look all that stoked when he came off. Where will he be playing after the World Cup?

Asking this question again: Does anyone have the 411 on ESPN3's coverage of the World Cup? Is it safe to assume that almost every game in the tournament will be available live online, or at the very least in an archived format after the match concludes on ESPN3?
It would be really cool to know that they will have archived games for us non DVR having types to watch at our leisure, for free, and feeds of high quality.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 12, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Keeping my fingers crossed on Eddie Johnson's situation. Posted by: Curious9

Why's that? The U.S. is littered with mediocre strikers. Casey, Findley, etal, take your pick of replacements!

Posted by: delantero | May 12, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Torres wasn't too impressive. He was subbed out after about 60 or 65 minutes while it was 1-1. Probably not because of his play but because Pachuca wanted a better attacking option while they were the home team and maybe also because Torres had just picked up a well-deserved yellow.

The game ended 2-2 and Pachuca must win away at Toluca this weekend to advance (an aggregate tie would advance higher-seeded Toluca).

Toluca's goals were virtually identical: incoming freekicks from Sinha that were redirected into goal by Toluca players a few yards out. Pachuca's goals both came in goalmouth scrambles after the initial shot bounced off a post.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 12, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

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Greg Seltzer
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Nice piece about Dempsey. I wonder if they'll feel that way 12 June!

Posted by: delantero | May 12, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

If EJ's injury is serious then please no Adu. He is simply not ready for this yet. Bringing him in is a complete waste of time.
The Penguins lost to the Canadiens tonight! I will sleep very well tonight as a result.
Vamos United!

Posted by: croftonpost | May 12, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

It is not clear to me that EJ can be replaced on the list of 30, even if he is injured. The way the regulations read, the final 23 players must come from the original list of 30. There is no exception for injury. There is an exception in case of injury to one of the 23 players, so I am not sure how this is supposed to work. Any explanation from one of our legal eagles would be appreciated.

Posted by: jack35 | May 12, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

@jack - I don't know, Jack. It seems to me that a hyper-technical reading does limit the 23-man team to be a subset of the 30-man just announced. However, an enterprising legal eagle such as myself can envision an easy way around this, if a team decided some player not on the 30-man was their best option at some time during the tournament -- say, maybe Bradley decides that Davies is ready to play after training with the team in advance of the quarterfinals. A team could even put an injured player on the 23 just so that they could go outside the 30-man list before game-time. The rule allows teams to add a player not on the 30-man, within 24 hours before a match. Thus, you could bring EJ, or Ching. If one is unable to play sometime during the tournament, it would still be possible to add a player like Davies....or, Pontius, after he scores 2 goals per game for a month.

Posted by: fischy | May 12, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, Torres wasn't too impressive."

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I've yet to see a game in which I thought Torres was impressive.

About Aris and EJ -- After some digging, I've worked out what's up in Greece. They're playing for second Champions League slot and a Europa slot. The playoffs are weighted based on finish in the season table -- the fifth-place team starts at 0 points, and the teams above get a "correction". Aris started at the bottom of the four-team round-robin. With 4 points in 4 games, they're still at the bottom, due to the points correction. If Aris get a tie on Sunday @ Olympiakos, and a win at home against PAOK (the leader), Aris could finish in a tie for 2nd place, behind PAOK. With a tie-breaker, they should take the Europa slot -- assuming AEK only get one point in their last 2 matches. So, if Aris tie or win on Sunday, and AEK falls @ PAOK, Aris are probably going to want EJ to stick around for the final matchday on Wednesday. If Aris loses on Sunday, they cannot win a slot.

One thing I haven't been able to figure out and I am wondering is whether they might already have a Europa slot. One slot goes to the Greek Cup winner, but that is Panathinaikos, who did the double this year. Does Aris go into the Europa competition as Cup runner-up? If so, then the playoff means nothing to the team. Or does this mean that the second and third-place teams from the playoff would go into Europa -- making it more likely that Aris could advance that way?

Posted by: fischy | May 13, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

OK -- I posted too soon? If the Wiki article is right, they're really just playing for stage byes. PAOK is in the Champions League play-in already, having clinched the round-robin. The other three will all enter the Europa competition at some point, depending on where they finish -- either the 2nd qualifying round, the 3rd qualifying round, or the play-off round, which comes before Group play.

Posted by: fischy | May 13, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: andeeaa | May 13, 2010 4:52 AM | Report abuse

Anyone take time to notice how TV coverage in Europe and the MLS has lost its rhythm. Too many cameras on the pitch have become a vieweres nightmare with the constant bouncing from action to cameo closeups of players, coaches, refs, etc. It's almost like watching a ping-pong game; what was a pleasure to watch has become agonizing. WC 2010 will go down in history as the worst covered TV sports event in history with too many cameras, too many picytorials annd not enough of the simplicity this world game cries for.

Posted by: juke2 | May 13, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

So, the Mets owners are looking to make a big splash -- adding to the baseball stadium in Flushing, Queens. MLS and the Wilpons are both openly discussing plans to revive the bid to build a soccer stadium there for a new MLS team -- and, now the NYTimes is reporting this expansion might include a new arena for the NHL NY Islanders. Makes me wonder if they might push the city for infrastructure improvements to improve accessibility to the burgeoning complex. The LIRR already stops there, along with the worst subway line in the city -- the #7, which runs from midtown Manhattan. Delta Airlines recently announced they'll be running a water shuttle from downtown for baseball games. If that were expanded, and perhaps some better mass transit link was added for people coming from Westchester County to the north, this would be a fantastic location. The market -- population size -- is absolutely huge. Nothing else comes close.

Posted by: fischy | May 13, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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