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Posted at 9:51 AM ET, 01/18/2011

U.S. national team news & notes: Jermaine Jones, Bob Bradley, Americans abroad, Gold Cup

By Steve Goff

*Jermaine Jones, out of favor at Bundesliga club Schalke, has moved to Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League on a six-month loan -- good news for the veteran midfielder and the U.S. national team, which needs him in form for major friendlies and this summer's Gold Cup.

"He's got a fantastic engine and he can go box to box," Blackburn Manager Steve Kean said. "He's a genuine all-round midfield player. Anybody who knows him as a player, he's a natural ball winner, he's a very good passer as well."

Factoid from Opta Sports: Blackburn is the only one of the 92 English league clubs to have not earned a point from any match in which it has trailed.

*Bob Bradley is putting his 23 U.S. players through final preparations ahead of Saturday's friendly against Chile at Home Depot Center. Five will not be in uniform, including two of the four goalkeepers (Dom Cervi, Nick Rimando, Matt Pickens and Sean Johnson).

For more.....

*Americans abroad:
GK Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves vs. Doncaster (FA Cup)
D Frank Simek and Carlisle vs. Huddersfield (Football League Trophy)
MF Maurice Edu and Rangers vs. Inverness
F Jozy Altidore and Villarreal at Sevilla (Copa del Rey)
TV: ESPN Deportes and at 4 p.m. ET

*The 12-team field for the Gold Cup (June 5-25) is almost complete: The 11th slot will be determined tonight when Honduras faces Guatemala (7 p.m. ET, GolTV). The final berth will be decided Friday in the Central American fifth-place match (Honduras or Guatemala vs. Nicaragua or Belize). The Gold Cup draw will be held next month. Already in: USA, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Grenada, Costa Rica, Panama and El Salvador.

By Steve Goff  | January 18, 2011; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, CONCACAF, England, Gold Cup, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Gold Cup, Jermaine Jones, U.S. national team  
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Good for Jermaine. At least he'll get some games with the first team, instead of the Schalke reserves. He's got, what, maybe one more shot at a World Cup roster? Time to shine, JJ!

Posted by: freeholdsouth | January 18, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

We may have another midfielder making the jump from the Bundesliga to the Premiership: rumors have Bradley going to Sunderland.

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 18, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The local NBC followed up the Post's Akridge-DC united story.

Evans would like to help DCU finance a new stadium in the District. The big problem is that the team "never brings anything to the table." Reading between the lines -- DCU is looking for a free ride. They'd be happy to pay rent, but they don't want to invest in the building...and they want the control they need to earn revenue from the facility.

Save us, Ted Leonsis.

Posted by: fischy | January 18, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Of course DCU is looking for a free ride. Kevin Payne even said as much during that "march" the SEs and BBs held 18 months ago. He said something like, "If the Nationals can get a free stadium, why not us?"

Posted by: Juan-John1 | January 18, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Fischy - its not really fair to make that assumption based on a vague, off the record comment. We know that DCU was willing to pay for the Poplar Point deal (sans infrastructure), so its not even an accurate off the record comment. we don't know enough about what the club is willing to do/spend, so there is no real basis to assume anything at this point, negative or positive.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 18, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Free ride" = spreading the payments among taxpayers.

Will is going to need to bring something to the table. Perhaps in California the local and state governments pay for everything (and look how well that's working). Not the case here.

At some point, though, the city will need to do something with the collapse-waiting-to-happen known as RFK Stadium. That will be an interesting debate to follow.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 18, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope Belize gets in.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 18, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Fischy is spot on--Save Us, Ted Leonsis!!

Is Poplar completely out if Buzzard might be in??

Posted by: lovinliberty | January 18, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

After buying the Wizards do you really think Leonsis has the money to "save" United?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 18, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Following Americans in EPL may require a lot more of my time and DVR space.

And also create a quandary. I normally pull for any team with Yank(s), but Blackburn has been pretty loathsome in the past.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 18, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

DCU looking for a free ride? No! Say it ain't so!

Posted by: OWNTF | January 18, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Bradley to Sunderland would only be good if he's promised a starting spot. First team competition in the Bundesliga is better than sitting in the EPL. Then again...Gladbach might be relegated.

Posted by: aschreur | January 18, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Would any owner given a Washington Nationals deal say no? Would an owner with a longer history and local connection not ask for a Washington Nationals deal?

DCU is going to push for as much as they can get because another locality right now is going to give them that.

I do think that the team has been willing to bring capital to the table to build their project. They seem to have always been asking for the local infrastructure improvements to be provided by DC.

I'm sure "nothing" was brought to the table in Poplar Point because Victor planned to finance all of the construction 100% through another entity. And I'm sure Will's lacked for something because Will needs more capital to build DCU a stadium than he either has or is willing to contribute.

Ted has enough on his plate with the Wizards, Verizon Center and Capitals. But we do need some deep local pockets that are committed to MLS and DCU.

I think either site would be a great place for DCU, we just need to find a way to get someone else hooked in owning a big portion of the club and find it worthwhile to invest in a stadium.

Perhaps Chip Akridge is our guy.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | January 18, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

per facebook:
DCU picks up forward Blake Brettschneider from University of South Carolina in the 2nd round of the supplemental draft...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 18, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What is the point of having a supplemental draft? Isn't it just an extension of the MLS Super Draft? Why not just have more rounds of the Super Draft? The whole thing appears rediculous if you ask me.

Posted by: grubbsbl | January 18, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Suplemental draft news: DCU had 2 picks. They used their first to take Blake Brettschneider, the first player I've ever seen listed as a F/M/D. At least, we know he's not regarded as a goalie. The team became the first to pass, when their pick came around in the the 3rd round. Typical of what I've been saying of late -- that this front office isn't putting out the effort to find players. Chivas took Curtis Ushedo with the next pick -- a Combine player who had a bad Combine but still...

Posted by: fischy | January 18, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

When is the adjunct ancillary supplemental draft for U14s?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 18, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I have no problems with DCU not picking up guys deep in the supplemental draft that would require a minor miracle to make any meaningful contribution. DCU should absolutely be putting their full efforts in finding a forward who is a PROVEN goal scorer.

Posted by: SeanWG | January 18, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

fischy, how is United passing on their second pick a sign of not putting out an effort to find players? Should we have picked up another holding midfielder? ;)
here's a highlight reel they've got of the kid on youtube.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 18, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

No lo creo -- we have an American tandem starting in Spain today.

Posted by: Reignking | January 18, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

fisch: better than being listed F/M/L.

Posted by: Reignking | January 18, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@Dad -- What I'm saying is this: DC United finished with the worst record in the league -- for good reason. The team stinks. Yet, they saw fit to pass when they had a chance ...and most of the teams continued to pick players. Sure, it's not likely that they'd find someone there, but maybe a player like Ushedo could show better in camp than he did at the Combine.

I see two possibilities -- 1) DC United has done a phenomenal job of scouting and knew for a fact here was no one left who could possibly help the team, or they didn't do a good enough preparing and couldn't come up with a name of another prospect, when other teams were still able to do that. Which is more likely?

Posted by: fischy | January 18, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I think what is more likely is that they're running out of roster spots and have cap room and time to find another forward before the season starts? I think they've done plenty fine in all of the drafts so far this year haven't they? Turning the supplemental draft into something more than it really is, isn't my style. Shucks, who knows if their signings from the "superdraft" are even close to being ready to contribute immediately anyway?

My ESPN3 feed is sucking, oh well...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 18, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Congrats DCU on being the first team to pass today...

Posted by: Reignking | January 18, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I think DadRyans on to something with the roster spot issue. How many teams have 4 home grown players on their rosters right now? Dont they count towards some developmental player limit? wouldnt a player selected in the supplemental draft be likely to receive the "developmental" designation? perhaps they are short on those slots, and feel they would be better used to speculate on a young foreign player.

Posted by: VTUnited | January 18, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

30 roster slots, right? DCU currently has 26 filled, 3 of which are unsigned draft picks. Plus Barklage, Rice, a couple unsigned GKs, and allegedly Abe Thompson invited to camp.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 18, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Soccer SAT Question

Complete the following series: "Ruud Gullit has been head coach at Chelsea, Feyenrood, LA Galaxy, and _____."

Hint: Each team in the series could be seen as exponentially worse than the one that precedes it.

Aaaaand, time's up!
Pencils (or rather mouses) down...

Pat yourself on the back if you wrote...Grozny!

YES! That Grozny!

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 18, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, forgot the link:

Is it April Fool's Day or something?

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 18, 2011 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The job at FC Kandahar was taken.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 18, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Eric Catanna, Director of Soccer for the NY Cosmos. This is a *great* sport.

Posted by: glfrazier | January 19, 2011 6:54 AM | Report abuse

The Cosmos have everything they need to be a great soccer team.
Except a stadium.
And players.
And a league.

Other than that...

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 19, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

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