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Defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Jay DeMerit are day to day with lower abdominal strains, and center back Chad Marshall has a slight hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Tim Howard has a quadriceps strain that "mainly has affected his kicking," Coach Bob Bradley said.

Bocanegra warmed up with the team and did a bit of ball work and individual fitness work. "He is making good progress," Bradley said.

Forward Eddie Johnson has a minor hamstring issue and trained on his own today. He is day to day.

At the moment, Bradley said he is not deeply concerned about the injured crew.

"Obviously, we will assess as we go through this week whether the issues are already on their way to being better and guys are back in training or whether it then becomes more of a concern," he said.

Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan and Jose Torres underwent scheduled physicals and did not train. Clarence Goodson (Norway) and Benny Feilhaber (Denmark) will arrive in town today after flights from Europe, and Alejandro Bedoya and Oguchi Onyewu are set to join the team Tuesday.

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Asked about his timeline for trimming the roster to 23, Bradley said he would like to make the cuts after the first friendly against the Czech Republic next Tuesday in East Hartford, Conn.

"Hopefully. Like anything else, you have a plan in your head, but then you have to be able to adjust at some points. But the idea would be that, by the time we get to Philadelphia, we have made our decisions and we our 23."

On his expectations for Onyewu, who has not played competitively since last October, Bradley said he fully expects the big man to step right in and contribute.

"He has put himself in contention at the end of the year there" at AC Milan. "He has been feeling good coming out of regular training sessions. So we are confident about that."

Meantime, Onyewu has agreed to play for free for a year after missing most of this season at Milan.

In Sweden today, Bedoya is starting on the right side of midfield for Orebro against Trelleborg.

By Steve Goff  |  May 17, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Princeton, Tim Howard, U.S. national soccer team, World Cup  
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Comments

AC Milan's last game was Saturday; why is Gooch not arriving until tomorrow?

Interesting that the BBC headline refers to him as "AC Milan Star". One day, hopefully...

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 17, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Okay, what is going on with all the hammy injuries in soccer lately? Are modern players bulking up their legs to an extent that the underlying structures cannot support? This is getting crazy (although it might just be a byproduct of being a DC United fan - the official team of the hammy strain.)

Posted by: JRandomReader | May 17, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

WoW - talk about shocking. I would never expect a player to ask to make up for an injured year. Impressive Onyewu!

Posted by: SamDCU | May 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I have this image of 3 guys actually training, setting up the cones and grabbing the pinnies for short sides...

Posted by: JkR- | May 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: kristimichelle13 | May 17, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I have never heard of any athlete before who was willing to play for free for a year after missing most of season due to injury. hats off to Onyewu.

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Posted by: jon3889 | May 17, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Just in, this quote from Onyewu's agent:

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Posted by: michanikos1 | May 17, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Really wonder whether that "free" year will ever come to pass. Who knows what will happen between now and 2012-2013?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | May 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Shocked. I never thought I would read an article like that. My hats off to Gooch, very very impressed.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | May 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

That's certainly one way to get your name in the press and get in good with the AC Milan folks. I don't think it was entirely altruistic though.

Posted by: nairbsod | May 17, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Not altruistic on Gooch's part at all. Clever, and probably wise, etc., because it keeps him in AC Milan's good graces, but you're not being altruistic when you essentially make an in-kind donation to a for-profit.


Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

There's probably some EU labor law out there that will keep him from actually playing for free. If that's the case... even smarter PR move by the Gooch! Though I don't at all doubt his sincerity.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 17, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Will Gooch be our designated player, you know, for free? ;-)

Posted by: nairbsod | May 17, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Gooch is either a coplete idiot, or he's got some ulterior motive. I mean, injuries are part of the job description for a professional athlete. Clubs know that when they sign these guys. It's just the breaks.

Now if Milan is not happy with where Gooch is at, and maybe looking to find a way out of his contract? Maybe Gooch is being concilliatory to try to stave off a sale to a lower division club or something? That would make sense to me.

Offering to work for free, even though you did nothing wrong? That, I can't begin to understand.

Posted by: Matte | May 17, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention when your average footballing career is what, maybe 10 years? So Gooch just gave up one tenth of his career wages. I mean again, just doesn't make sense.

Posted by: Matte | May 17, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I understood he agreed to extend the contract for a year, not that he would play without getting a salary. Usually an extension would involve a signing bonus and a new salary, so that bonus and a potential pay raise a few years from now is what Gooch gave up "for free". Also, that extra year is one more year's worth of service on the contract which AC Milan can sell. Props to Gooch for this generosity, but let's not get carried away; he is not actually going to play for free.

(as I understand it anyway. I could be wrong)

Posted by: troy6 | May 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Well Matte, I presume someone high up in the AC Milan organization was saying the Italian equivalent of "no damn way are we paying one more red cent to this injury-prone galoot -- he's on the next bus to our 6th-division Albanian affiliate."

Posted by: fallschurch1 | May 17, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Gooch is making no decisions like this w/o Lyle York's guidance. The reality is he's giving them the last year of his deal when he doesn't plan to be there anyway.

Posted by: euroman | May 17, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@troy -- you are wrong. Gooch didn't agree to extend without asking for a new salary. He agreed to extend without any salary in that year. He is going to play for free. That extra year may make his contract a more valuable commodity for ACN to sell, but that inures to the benefit of the teams involved. It would benefit Gooch only in that he gets a % cut of transfer fee.

Posted by: fischy | May 17, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I will post for free next year.

Posted by: Reignking | May 17, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

perhaps this has to do with some sort of insurance issue with ACM, in that when Gooch plays at the WC, they will not receive benefits for him not playing this season. so he is essentially repaying them with his offer to play a year for free, in order to play in the WC without reprisal from the club. someone on here floated a similar idea about CD9 and Sochaux, I suppose its not too much of a stretch, though I know nothing about these insurances policies clubs have.

Posted by: VTUnited | May 17, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

here's the statement from AC Milan: "During this extra year, Oguchi Onyewu, by his choice, much appreciated by the Rossoneri club, has asked not to receive any kind of salary."
see breaking news secction at http://www.acmilan.com/index.aspx

Posted by: nairbsod | May 17, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

believe it when I see it. and that won't be until 2012.

Posted by: troy6 | May 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

As if AC Milan couldn't afford it. It isn't as if David Villa sacrificed his salary for a troubled club.

Posted by: Reignking | May 17, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

believe it when I see it. and that won't be until 2012.

Posted by: troy6 |


Yup.

Posted by: JkR- | May 17, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree it's not likely to come to pass, as Gooch will not be with Milan. ACM got carried away with USA fever after the Confed Cup, but I bet they have some buyer's remorse. Gooch's skills aren't good enough for a team that aims each year for the Italian title and thinks they're a yearly contender for the European crown. Gooch has an amazing frame -- with size, power and speed that allows him to do things most other players can't do. He's a fairly effective center back...to a point. He is a massive presence in the box, he's great in the air, and he can make some decent long passes. His negatives are fairly obvious, though, when you see him play. He can't dribble to save his life and he makes too many mistakes to be reliable for a team that plays against the best offenses. I can't see him cracking the starting lineup at ACM. If this move is being done to make him more marketable, it might make some sense.

Posted by: fischy | May 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder of the other players and agents hate this move since it sets quite a precedent. Others in similar situations may feel obliged to do the same in the future.

I'm really not sure if this move is foolish or brilliant. Maybe the pros and cons make it a wash.

Posted by: WorldCup | May 17, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure there is some "inside baseball" maneuver in Gooch's move. Otherwise, it's the dumbest move ever and makes Gooch look like a chump. He has a short career, he's an entertainer in a contact sport so injuries happen and I'm sure Berlusconi bought insurance to cover exactly this type of situation. Or, put another way, what if Gooch is injured during his "free" season? Think Silvio doesn't have that one covered as well?

Posted by: griffin1108 | May 17, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

What Gooch is, is a man of principles motivated by his strong faith in God. He doesn't do ulterior motives. He's rare but he's genuine.

Posted by: RRP1 | May 17, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Inside baseball, as in Galliani's petulant tantrum at the time of Onyewu's injury? http://tinyurl.com/2frlg7g

Onyewu surely isn't playing for any class acts.

Posted by: hungrypug | May 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow very impressive by the Gooch to play for free. Go USA!!!!

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