U.S. World Cup update: injuries, roster, Daily Show
Injury update: Carlos Bocanegra (abdominal muscle), Jay DeMerit (abdominal) and Eddie Johnson (hamstring) participated in warm-ups and some passing exercises. "Hopefully, we can continue to move them along," Coach Bob Bradley said.
Chad Marshall (hamstring) warmed up and did individual work with the trainer as a way of testing his status. "I will wait to hear exactly what [the trainer] saw as he put him through a fitness test," Bradley said.
Are injured players running out of time? "Every situation is different," the coach said. "In some cases, guys might be on the fence for the 23 [final roster], and, yes, the idea is that we are still going to try to have our roster selected after the game in Hartford [next Tuesday]. In other cases, you may feel more confident that there is time. You're going to bring a player to South Africa, knowing that you have the confidence in those weeks that he is ready to go."
On the roster selection process in general, Bradley added: "We have some ideas, for sure, but there are still some decisions that have got to be made. The idea of having 30 people in camp gives people the opportunity to show where they are and also, if we had another injury, you are prepared."
As I wrote this morning, I expect some roster decisions by the end of the weekend. But for the Czech Republic friendly in Hartford, Bradley will have to balance the need to see his regulars with evaluating players on the roster bubble.
"That is one of the most difficult aspects of that game," he said. "Clearly that is the game we need to use to assess some players, especially if we are really down to the wire with some decisions."
One of the big decisions next month is where Bocanegra, the captain, will play (assuming he is fit): left or center back. For French club Rennes, he usually starts on the left. For the U.S. team, he primarily plays in the middle. "I think he feels that, in terms of being a leader on the field, he is able to do more from the center," Bradley said. "The fact of the matter last year is that he came out of the [home] qualifier against Honduras with a little bit of an injury and we got to the Confederations Cup, the first few games he wasn't ready. By the time he was ready, I felt [Oguchi Onyewu and Jay DeMerit] were playing really well."
Much more on the continuation of this post.....
*A British reporter asked an obligatory question about terrorism threats in South Africa, and Bradley offered the obligatory response: "Whenever we travel anywhere in the world, the security in and around the team is incredible. We have super people who do this for a living. They keep track of everything that is going on. We are all very confident, as always."
*Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski observed practice and reunited with the three former Terrapins in camp: Maurice Edu, Clarence Goodson and Robbie Rogers.
*John Oliver, a "correspondent" for Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, spent the day at training camp taping a segment for future airing. DeMerit, Jonathan Spector and Marcus Hahnemann, all of whom are based in England, played along with the absurd line of questioning from the England-born Oliver, a Liverpool supporter. Stewart has deep ties to soccer, having played at the College of William & Mary.
Said Spector: "I love the show. I knew what I was in for. I tried to keep a straight face."
On a much more somber note, Bradley began his media session by remembering John McHugh, a former Army goalkeeper who was killed in Afghanistan this week. The Bradley brothers -- Bob, Scott and Jeff -- knew him and his family.
"You hear news like that, when you think about what it means to represent your country, you think about how important soccer is, but how it's not even close to be somewhere else in the world defending them," Bob said. "As we go through this whole lead-in, we keep trying to find ways to not only talk about soccer, but how special it is to play for your national team, how special it is to represent your country. Things like this absolutely bring it to light."
Recently, Bradley said, McHugh took a U.S. soccer goalkeeping training course. "He was still trying to keep himself sharp and active," Bradley said.
May 19, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Sasho Cirovski, The Daily Show, U.S. national team, World Cup
Save & Share: Previous: Bonus World Cup kickaround
Next: Maradona, N. Korea, Adu, CONCACAF, Union, Milan
Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 19, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DadRyan | May 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Reignking | May 19, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DWE4 | May 19, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: delantero | May 19, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: JkR- | May 19, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: WorldCup | May 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Reignking | May 19, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Kosh2 | May 19, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 19, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Kev29 | May 19, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: grubbsbl | May 19, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 19, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: grubbsbl | May 19, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Ruthie1 | May 19, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Reignking | May 19, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: BooThisMan | May 19, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: grubbsbl | May 19, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 19, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DadRyan | May 19, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 19, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Reignking | May 19, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 19, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.