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.....
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).
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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