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U.S. World Cup team at the White House

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Photo via U.S. Soccer Federation

After a Nike-hosted reception at the Newseum on Wednesday night and a stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel, the U.S. World Cup squad met with President Obama, Vice President Biden and former president Bill Clinton at the White House on Thursday morning. The group then boarded a bus (sans politicians) for a late-day workout in Philadelphia to begin preparations for Saturday's friendly against Turkey.

By Steve Goff  |  May 27, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Biden, Clinton, Obama, White House, World Cup  
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Good luck. We are rooting for you. Go USA.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | May 27, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Next time, maybe put on your "big boy" clothes...

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Deuce looks unimpressed.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 27, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Clinton and Obama joined forces to persuade Bornstein not to bring down a foreign delegate in the Oval office.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 27, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Deuce looks unimpressed.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 27, 2010 1:22 PM

when does he ever look impressed?

and +1 G_o_G

Posted by: VTUnited | May 27, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Deuce is a Texan.

Ching didn't make the team because he's got dirt from Hawaii on the POTUS' birth certificate.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 27, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

That Nawlins soldier from that HBO show The Pacific really reminded me of Deuce.

Posted by: EssEff | May 27, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff:
Do you know if the Prez,VP or Clinton will be at the game Saturday? I'm driving up that morning and I'm wondering if I will need to give myself extra time to get through staduim security. Do you know how many tickets have been sold for the game?

Go USA!!

Posted by: timmy6 | May 27, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about Clinton and Biden but BO will be in Chicago all weekend.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 27, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

If you believe the non-Goff reported interwebs, it should be around the 45k mark now.

Posted by: Section117 | May 27, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a jock sniffer. He is more interested in LeBron James going to the Chicago Bulls, than the largest oil spill in world history. The BP spill is worse for him then Katrina for Bush.

Posted by: Gunnar2 | May 27, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

lol @Gunnar2

You'd be better off going back under the bridge, just sayin'.

Posted by: PEddy | May 27, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry Gunnar, you aren't the only one here that feels that way, it's just the crowd here tends to lean left. Has BO released his World Cup brackets yet? :)

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 27, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I honestly believe that duece doesn't even attend these events and that he's kept in a cryogenic chamber in Roy Hodgson's basement, only getting out an hour before game time. That's a cardboard cut out that the team carries with them.

Posted by: harkes4ever | May 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

here we go again...

Posted by: VTUnited | May 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Far be it from me to defend Dear Leader but the oil leak ain't gonna get plugged any slower with him in Chicago than if he stayed in Washington.

Posted by: Ron16 | May 27, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It has nothing to do with 'leaning' and everything to do with dooshbaggery

Posted by: JkR- | May 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"Next time, maybe put on your 'big boy' clothes..."

What's wrong with the way they're dressed? They're athletes, on their way to a major tournament.

The prez and ex-prez even complimented the way they looked.

Posted by: BChris | May 27, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry Gunnar, you aren't the only one here that feels that way, it's just the crowd here tends to lean left. Has BO released his World Cup brackets yet


Yes Gunnar, don't worry, as Che Guevara said: "Soccer is a tool of the revolution." You are surrounded!

Posted by: dcpsycho | May 27, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"What's wrong with the way they're dressed? They're athletes, on their way to a major tournament."

They are also grown men, visiting the White House by invitation. But hey, at least they wore shoes.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 27, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Its cool, Repubs. It's not like the right wing-led total gutting of any govt. entity that might possibly tell an oil company or bank "no" had anything to do with this oil spill or the market crash.

Looking forward to following Bono's lead and taking my mind off of this during the World Cup.

Posted by: me_ahogo | May 27, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If you look through the window on the right, you can see the Salahis.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

woah Bob Bradley's not wearing sweatpants for a change!

Posted by: joe_hill | May 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

If you look through the window on the right, you can see the Salahis.

Posted by: I-270Exit1

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And if you look to the FAR right, you can see...oh never mind. Wrong venue.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | May 27, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I like the shoes.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | May 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Bornstein is out of position.

Posted by: CYork1 | May 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Bornstein is out of position.......again.

Posted by: MBBeachbum | May 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

DMB is already having a good influence on the squad. Yesterday during the introduction of the 23, he chided Deuce for having unzipped his jacket. A small matter, yes, but an awareness on DMB's part of who the team represents!

Posted by: dcarmy | May 27, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"Once again, Bornstein is out of position."

"It appears that Bornstein is out of position.......again."

OK, which blog made this joke shortly before 2:32 p.m. and sent you guys scrambling over here to repeat it?! We demand to know!

Posted by: BChris | May 27, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm tapping out. Who is Deuce?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 27, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Dempsey aka Deuce and Ricardo Clark, Furman teammates back in the day, both had unzipped their jackets when DMB motioned for them to put them back on. I'm sure Nike was pleased!

Posted by: ripdeez_2000 | May 27, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Did Bornstein ever take the Honduran pres up on that offer?

And seriously guys, I know you guys are DC, but this is soccer, not politics... Only thing that can ruin the game for me, aside from violence

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 27, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Bornstein is out of position.

Posted by: CYork1 | May 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Bornstein is out of position.......again.

Posted by: MBBeachbum | May 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse


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Haha...that was funny...and then I see that he truly is out of position in that picture. Unbelievable! Hahaa

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | May 27, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Ghana captain Michael Essien has been ruled out of the World Cup due to injury, dealing a major blow to the Black Stars' hopes of success in the first tournament to be held in Africa.

Posted by: Reignking | May 27, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@JacobfromAtlanta-ish - we are maybe one of the few countries were soccer is divorced from politics (as much as it can be anyway).

Posted by: nairbsod | May 27, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

World Cup finalists with the highest degree of freedom, as measured by Freedom House:

Australia, Chile, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA

Let freedom ring!

Posted by: OWNTF | May 27, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

It really is shocking how much Herculez Gomez looks like President Obama.

My fiancee said "that's Obama!" when Herc scored the other night.

It's all in the ears!

Posted by: scott47a | May 27, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

My new desktop background at work!

Posted by: KireDCU | May 27, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

*where, not were

Posted by: nairbsod | May 27, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If you look through the window on the right, you can see the Salahis.
Posted by: I-270Exit1

How can you tell? Oh, wait, I see the gleam of the botox of her lips and . . well, yes, there's the silicone, yup.

Posted by: delantero | May 27, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope FIFA doesn't ban us for government involvement.

Posted by: Reignking | May 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

C'mon folks, some of you are getting carried away about the meaning of this event. Obama just invited them over to see if they could stamp out the rodent problem:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/21/AR2010052101365.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 27, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry Gunnar, you aren't the only one here that feels that way, it's just the crowd here tends to lean left.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 27, 2010 1:52 PM
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Idiots. The irony of the statement doesn't even touch the consciousness of those making that "case". Left leaning politics = environmentalism, anti-corporate, anti-petroleum , etc., etc. It's comical to find conservatives -- who spent decades chafing against regulating industries like the oil business and went around chanting "Drill, Baby, Drill" -- now claiming the White House isn't taking this seriously.

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

He knew the crew from RFK couldn't

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What I'm saying is: There's your brain, and then there's your brain on Rush. Don't do Rush because it does bad things to your brain.

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

You're an idiot, CrippledKeeper.

How's that for right down the center?

Posted by: Reignking | May 27, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

If you look through the window on the right, you can see the Salahis.
Posted by: I-270Exit1

How can you tell? Oh, wait, I see the gleam of the botox of her lips and . . well, yes, there's the silicone, yup.

Posted by: delantero | May 27, 2010 3:28 PM
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I think you just described Monica.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 27, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't be hating on Rush, man.

And the men who hold high places
Must be the ones who start
To mold a new reality
Closer to the heart
Closer to the heart

Posted by: OWNTF | May 27, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@OWNTF: Got my tix for Sept. 18!

http://www.livenation.com/edp/eventId/421009

"Know your place in life is where you want to be
Don't let them tell you that you owe it all to me
Keep on looking forward...no use in looking 'round
Hold your head above the ground and they won't bring you down..."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 27, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Why can't this just be a nice photo-op with the President, Vice-President, and former President wishing the US Men's Team well before preparing for the biggest sporting event in the world? Frankly, I think it would have been nice if W was there, let soccer unite all Americans. That's just I.

Posted by: cvciidc | May 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

GO USA!!!

Do us proud!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | May 27, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

cvciidc, aye aye!

Posted by: DadRyan | May 27, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone seriously doubt that they wore precisely what the office of the WH press secretary told them to wear, no more, no less?

Posted by: universityandpark | May 27, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

You're an idiot, CrippledKeeper.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site.

Really?

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 28, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site.

Really?
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+1

Posted by: universityandpark | May 28, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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