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U.S. World Cup roster news & notes

A few thoughts on the U.S. roster and upcoming training camp:

*Although two friendlies are scheduled, only one is likely to factor in the final roster decisions. Why? The second match, on May 29 against Turkey in Philadelphia, is just one day before the delegation flies from Washington to Johannesburg. So the personnel moves will probably have to be made -- if not announced -- in the days following the Czech Republic friendly on May 25.

*Midfielder Jose Francisco Torres might have a club-country conflict. Pachuca is in the Mexican semifinals this week, and with a two-game victory over Toluca, the Tuzos would advance to the two-leg finals next week. "We'll assess the situation following that series," Bradley said. It's unclear whether the USSF could require Torres to report to camp as FIFA has told clubs worldwide (with the exception of those in summer leagues) to shut down after May 16. However, there is a certain UEFA Champions League final on May 22, as well.

*The MLS team most affected by U.S. camp, friendlies and possible World Cup assignments is the Los Angeles Galaxy. Forwards Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle have combined for 10 goals and 11 assists in eight matches, and while Donovan is a lock for the final roster, Buddle makes a strong case. Columbus (with defender Chad Marshall and midfielder Robbie Rogers) and Chivas USA (with defender Jonathan Bornstein and midfielder Sacha Kljestan) have two apiece in camp, but there's a pretty good chance just two of them make the cut.

MLS is shutting down for two weeks during the group stage. But assuming Donovan and Buddle are on the final roster, they would miss four league matches before the World Cup and probably one or two after the U.S. team is finished. (How far the Americans advance and how much recovery time the players require would determine their return to the Galaxy.)

*Injuries are bound to play a factor in the final decisions. In 2002, midfielder Chris Armas went down with a torn knee ligament in a pre-Cup friendly and was replaced by Greg Vanney. When Vanney got hurt, Steve Cherundolo moved in. Four years later, defender Cory Gibbs was a late scratch and replaced by Gregg Berhalter. Of course, unlike this year when a large group is in camp, teams were previously required to name a 23 with alternates.

*For a look at the Czech roster, which is missing the injured Tomas Rosicky and Milan Baros.....

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GOALKEEPERS: Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaroslav Drobny (Hertha Berlin), Jan Lastuvka (Dnipropetrovsk).

DEFENDERS: Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), David Limbersky (Plzen), Ondrej Mazuch (Anderlecht), Ondrej Kusnir (Sparta Prague), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Marek Suchy (Spartak Moscow).

MIDFIELDERS: Jaroslav Cerny (Slavia Prague), Milan Cerny (Slavia Prague), Mario Holek (Dnipropetrovsk), Jan Moravek (Schalke), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Jan Polak (Anderlecht), Daniel Pudil (Genk), Libor Sionko (Sparta Prague), Rudolf Skacel (Larissa).

FORWARDS: Martin Fenin (Frankfurt), David Lafata (Liberec), Lukas Magera (Timisoara), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscow).

By Steve Goff  |  May 11, 2010; 8:52 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , MLS , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Edson Buddle, FIFA, Greg Vanney, Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Robbie Rogers, Steve Cherundolo, World Cup, soccer  
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Contacto Deportivo last night reported that Pachuca would release Torres and Paraguayan Edgar Benitez to their World Cup teams after this weekend. Regardless of who wins the Pachuca-Toluca semifinal.

Seems fair since the Mexican League teams had to release their players (including Pachuca's Paul Aguilar) for El Tri's training camp several weeks ago.

Mexico's playoffs have been significantly impacted by the World Cup preparations. Chivas was unbeatable in the early part of the season. Then they had 5 players called up and took a nosedive.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 11, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I know he's going to play, and probably going to start in the group stage, and that I must resign myself to this.

But he's baffling. We have Boca to do the bunker, all we need him to do is harry the speedsters. But he loses his mind, and can be relied upon for stupid fouls, awful marking, and penalties in important games.

And still have the creeping suspicion that Klejstan and Rogers are being legitimately considered as replacements for Torres. Holden, Feilhaber, Bedoya, Dempsey, and Donovan provide good skill and creativity in the middle. Why do we need Klejstan?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 11, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Because Sacha is part of the Chivas Mafia--just as DMB is a part of BB's connection to the Fire.

Posted by: dcarmy | May 11, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Mexico has been playing friendly after friendly, building a team that knows how to play together. I *do* wish our guys had been doing more playing in these months before WC.

Posted by: glfrazier | May 11, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, but I'm very surprised at some of the players Maradona left off Argentina's 30-man roster: Zanetti, Cambiasso, and G. Milito (the Barcelona one).

Posted by: hungrypug | May 11, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Do we know if any of the 30 will be released to their MLS clubs at any point?

Just trying to keep Poplar Point United edging ahead in the standings...

Posted by: benonthehill | May 11, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Because Sacha is part of the Chivas Mafia--just as DMB is a part of BB's connection to the Fire.

Posted by: dcarmy | May 11, 2010 10:10 PM |

On this theory, who is on the roster because of BB's connection to the Metro's?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | May 11, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope Torres ends up with a club-country conflict, as I have 100 pesos riding on Pachuca advancing to the final.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 12, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Looking at these rosters just reinforces how little I know about world soccer -- or really, how big it is.

Hungry, I thought the first two were Italian :) But wasn't Gabi Milito injured this year? I'm not familiar with Argentina's keepers, either.

Posted by: Reignking | May 12, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse


BB's connection to the Metros is.....Michael Bradley, duh!

Posted by: no_recess | May 12, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

@no_recess and DCUSince96:

I heard it from a pretty good source that the Bob Bradley and Michael Bradley connection actually predates the time when either one was with the Metro's. And besides, unlike Kljest, Bornie and DMB, when he doesn't make silly challenges or come into contact with heavy handed and quick carding refs-- Michael is a very consistent and currently useful player. :)

Posted by: yankiboy | May 12, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

@Joel_M_Lane: Thanks for the info form Contacto Deportivo on JT. That seems to make a lot sense. Why should los tuzos not suffer when some of the other clubs are?

If Pachuca didn't let him go then Chivas and Vergara and other owners would be ticked off in a big way and have reasons to complain.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 12, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Greg Vanney...

Hard to believe he was ever World Class. Especially considering how he went out on top in DC...



Posted by: jayrockers | May 12, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

The 'hand of God' cheat left out Cambiasso, Zanetti and Milito; the Argentine trinity of Inter would have given Argentina an awesome back to middle to front link...Diego will be punished for his sins.

Posted by: juke2 | May 12, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The 'hand of God' cheat foregoes on Zanetti, Cambiasso and Mulito? The Inter Argentine trinity is probably the best combo from the back to the middle to the front. This exclusion of talent and experience will cost Diego and he will be punished for his World Cup sin of the past.

Posted by: juke2 | May 12, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

juke2 re-wrote his comment to make it read better.

Posted by: WorldCup | May 12, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The post by juke2 was re worded so that it would be easier to read.

Posted by: WorldCup | May 12, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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