#WorldCupFever! Three weeks to Redemption, South Africa!
• A lot of centerback chatter yesterday. Should you read between the lines? TSG advises not yet. But here’s what’s been “reported.”
Steve Goff, who’s been on top of everything thus far, suggests that Eddie Johnson and Chad Marshall may be slashed from the 30 as they’ve barely got any practice. He also suggests that March 3rd pairing Jay DeMerit and Carlos Bocanegra will be the starters–cue Peter Crouch.
Then again Goff comments that Heath Pearce faces the longest odds. The challenge with that juxtaposition is if Boca goes middle, you have Bornstein on the wing and then precisely who as the back-up (Jonathan Spector, DaMarcus Beasley?). Does the USMNT go with just seven defenders (if Marshall is ailing) with a few (DeMerit, Boca, and Gooch) not being at full strength. That might be difficult.
• Meanwhile, after playing security expert yesterday, Grant Wahl is playing doctor today and suggesting that Oguchi Onyewu appears to be slightly favoring one leg in practice. That wouldn’t be a good thing, but hopefully the speculation will lead to more commentary.
Great update here from Steve Goff.
TSG is going to await the official diagnosis here.
Yesterday’s US Soccer presser: