A Look Ahead: USA vs. Poland

Update: 09/29

A few weeks ago–one month before the USA played Poland in Chicago–TSG took a look at who Bob Bradley might be sending email invites to for October camp.

Away we go!

With a few more weeks under the belt, the MLS playoff picture nearly calibrated, and some more insight on playing time for Americans over in the Old World, here’s an update on that list. (Below is our original piece published three weeks ago.)

That said, not sure how Bob Bradley plays this one. Does he use it as a kickoff to 2014 and bring back in a bulk of the veterans? Or does he realize the opposition (both Poland and Colombia are two of the weaker opponents the US has seen in awhile) and go with more new faces?

Also, will Bob Bradley (like he did last November) go split squad, calling some players in for the 1st game and then calling in others for the 2nd to avoid conflicts with playing days. Highly possible in our minds.

(Any “*” delineation next to a player’s name means they may be in camp for only one game.)

Finally, on the surface, the most important next milestone for Bradley’s troops will be readying the team to play in 2011’s Gold Cup.

Goalies: Brad Guzan, Dominic Cervi

My turn?

As we wrote on September 13th, arguably the States strongest position–keeper–it’s also the position with the most current flux.

Look for Brad Guzan to be your starter near his hometown. Dominic Cervi will make the trip from across the pond since Bradley likely won’t be able to see him at January’s camp cupcake with Celtic.

Bill Hamid is out, Samr Badr just finished U-20 duty, Cody Cropper just moved to Ipswich and Luis Robles is playing less and less for his Bundesliga II team.

If Bradley goes for a 3rd keeper, it’s anyones guess, from stalwart Tim Howard (who deserves a break), former Gold Cup participant Luis Robles, local Chicago Fire sensation Sean Johnson or reliable walrus Zach Thornton.

Others in consideration: Tim Howard, Luis Robles, Sean Johnson*, Zach Thornton*

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Defenders: Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Eric Lichaj, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Clarence Goodson, Hunter Freeman, Kevin Alston*.

Chicago beckons for the Villa club man...

As we mentioned yesterday, the time to begin investigating the central defense is now.

Spector should get a chance here in Chicago to play for the first time in over a month as he’s been left out of the 18 for West Ham for over a month now. Hardly the recipe of a central defender.

With L.A. swooning before the playoffs, look for Bradley to think long and hard about bringing in both Omar Gonzalez and Sean Franklin for this one. Both rightfully deserve to be there.

New England’s out of the playoffs so Alston’s into the camp, especially because he was shelved for all of last January’s camp.

Does Jay DeMerit get a near-hometown cameo to showcase his abilities? Probably not in our book.

Others In Consideration: Sean Franklin*, Omar Gonzalez*, Michael Orozco*

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Midfielders: Stu Holden, Michael Bradley, Benny Feilhaber, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, Mix Diskerud, Alejandro Bedoya

Snuffleupagus dons his cap!

Big question remains: “Will Michael Bradley get a rest from nattie service?” He should, but history shows Coach Sweats never misses a chance to invite Junior.

Beyond that Mix Diskerud should–and deserves to–be “the new guy” in camp.

Stu Holden–now firmly entrenched at Bolton–replaces Sacha Kljestan who is coming off an injury and should now establish himself again at Anderlecht.

Snuffleupagus gets his first cap and, of course, the “U.S. Ambassador to Brazil” Ale Bedoya gets another rep.

Jose Torres and Pachuca have a game on the 9th, so he’s probably out.

Others In Consideration: Sacha Kljestan, Jared Jeffrey, Clint Dempsey

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Forward-Striker: Jozy Altidore, Justin Braun*,  Eddie Johnson, Brian McBride*

Should be there...

Jozy Altidore steps out of the shadow of Nilmar and Rossi for a long weekend while red hot Justin Braun should get more service from national team counterparts and has certainly earned his club releasing him for the camp.

Brian McBride a cameo? It’s not Bob Bradley’s style, but it should be done.

The striker position seems to be the lone one that could present a true surprise. Coach Sweats always likes a speed option so unless Bradley unearths a Mike Grella who’s been buried deeper than Jozy at Leeds this year or Chris Rolfe returns to fitness, the most likely speed candidate is Eddie Johnson. Don’t everyone applaud at once.

Kind of highlights the issue, you know?

From September 9th:

From a match in August (USA vs. Brazil) that was dubbed as Bob Bradley’s potential swan song to this….an October 9th friendly now one month away in Chicago where the U.S.S. Bob Bradley II officially sets sail on its journey to Brazil 2014.

"Power To Prevail"...how appropriate

Welcome back Bob and we assume you’ll be saying, “Hello” to a few new players.

With MLS in the middle of some critical games around the fixture date and with Bob Bradley and USSF having a track record for respecting club teams’ seasons, expect to see few representatives from the domestic league.

Look for MLSers whose teams have been eliminated from playoff contention (Chivas) or who have a hole in their schedule (Union, Galaxy) to perhaps send a player or two.

In August Bob Bradley called in 18 players to face La Selecao; expect a slightly bigger number this time around as there are two games and, with the Jermaine Jones late recall fiasco, better to have a little more cushion.

Poland should be a good side for Bradley to start mixing in some of the younger class of 2014 hopefuls and begin taking a look at Gold Cup prospects.

The Poles missed out on the World Cup and sit at #56 in the FIFA rankings just below powerhouse Mali.

Worse, Poland doesn’t look to be improving in their past few games losing at home to Australia and drawing against Ukraine. Continually, the States and Poland share more common recent opponents than just Australia: Poland lost to Slovenia 3-0 and 2-0 to the Czech Republic earlier this year.

Again, a good friendly to trot out new faces.

Here’s a very early stab at selecting some of the “approximate 18 or so” right now:

Will Guzan play the role of hero instead of...(courtesy The Offsides Rules)

G: Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid, Dominic Cervi

(Update: Hamid is set to have surgery…looks like he’ll miss out)

The skinny: It’s time to give Tim Howard an early season break. Howard’s not needed for this match or the upcoming Colombian one.

Brad Guzan is your starter. He grew up twenty minutes from Soldier Field.

Get Guzan going and let’s see early competition for the Gold Cup back-up or possible starter.

Will D.C. United be eliminated from playoff contention and see Hamid instead of Troy Perkins go?

With Samir Badr playing the U-20’s, he out for this one.

Other possibilities: Chris Seitz, Cody Cropper

Cropper just signed with Ipswich Town so he may not make the journey back. (His hometown is somewhat nearby: Maple Grove, Minnesota)

Sean Johnson would be an excellent addition (those who say he doesn’t merit some consideration for MLS rookie of the year–I’m not sure what they’re watching), alas he’s got a key game the night before for the Fire.

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If Lichaj doesn't get called, march yourselves right down to Soccer House after the game and demand a reason why...

DEF: Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra, Eric Lichaj, Jonathan Spector, Jonathan Bornstein, Hunter Freeman, Michael Orozco

The skinny: Ruling out some MLS players here. Out will likely be Heath Pearce and teacher’s pet Chad Marshall. As TSG is a champion of trying out Spector in central defense, we’re hoping Bob plays that card this time around.

That said, does former Fire-man Captain Bocanegra–whose last visit to Chicago yielded a diving game-winning header–come into camp as the able veteran voice?

Expect to see Eric Lichaj here for sure. He’s getting spot duty on his club team and is from Chicago suburb Downer’s Grove…that’s less than a 1/4 tank to the pitch.

Hunter Freeman, starting opposite Clarence Goodson at IK Start, we’ll take a shot at him here too. Haven’t seen much of him, but he was “near” (as oppose to “in”) the picture last year before an injury.

Other possibilities: Big question on whether Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin or both get a trip to Chicago on USSF’s credit card. Do either? Too much risk of injury?

I don’t see a Tim Ream call-in just yet because I think Bob Bradley will hold off calling in a rookie in his first MLS campaign who is focused on a deep playoff run.

Who plays leftback? Big question…TSG still suggests Edgar Castillo is a midfielder posturing as a defender. As a note: Castillo is on loan at San Luis this year in Mexico. He’s not a starter and has been primarily used as a mid-to-late game replacement…in the midfield.

Does Michael Orozco get another–in our opinion–undeserved shot with the Union possibly on the outside-looking-in?

Kevin Alston is a wildcard here depending on what New England does over the course of the next few weeks.

Like I mentioned, Bobby Convey is another deserving selection, but he could be MLS playoff-bound as well.

Wildcard: Danny Williams. He’s played only 45 minutes off the bench in Freiburg’s start to the Bundesliga. Does USSF reach out?

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On the left, the Iceman Holden; on the right heretofore considered "The US Ambassador to Brazil" (Bedoya) (photo credit: Matt Mathai)

MID: Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Stu Holden, Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Torres, Mix Diskerud

The skinny: I think Landon Donovan‘s done enough. The Galaxy have been stumbling and please give that man a rest.

Stu Holden should start. Period. End of question. I don’t even care if he’s not there. A travesty at Holden’s lack of playing time this June. Oops, I wrote that same sentiment for the Brazil game. Same goes here.

Does Jermaine Jones accept the invite? Does he then return it? Schalke 04 has been having an unerwhelming season thus far; however, German reviews have Jones near his ability pre-shin injury.

Will Sacha Kljestan‘s mustache represent mustaches everywhere since Heath Pearce figures not to be in attendance?

One niggling point: Kljestan, Jones and Maurice Edu all have three games in 8 days following the international break, though that likely won’t play into Coach Sweats’ decision-making.

TSG would love to see Mix Diskerud get a run-out and this could be the one. Two things in his favor: 1) Bradley loves physical wingers (Mix goes about 6’1”), and 2) Diskerud been playing off-center for Staebek this year (I could see Bradley trying him out in his system as a wide player).

And of course, we expect the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Alejandro Bedoya, to get another run out.

Other possibilities: Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Ricardo Clark

Wildcard: Jarred Jeffrey. Quick rant here. Raise your hand if you’ve seen him play. Nothing infuriates me more than those that expound on Jarred Jeffrey’s  (or Jeremiah White’s) abilities without watching them play. Don’t know much about Jeffrey so we will put him here.

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Can Tom Brady look-a-like Justin Braun convert his skillset to international play?

STR: Hercules Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Justin Braun, Brian McBride

The skinny: Gosh, that striking core looks a little meager, no? Gomez is in, Altidore is likely going to be a spot starter at Villarreal this year, so he’s in too.

Marcus Tracy is still battling knee problems so he’s out.

Justin Braun, whose Chivas side should be out of the playoffs for a bit, gets the call-in to be the “Nate Jaqua Coach Bob Never Had.”

How about a national team call-in for retiring Brian McBride? Seems more than well earned in front of his hometown fans.

Too early for Conor Doyle.

C'mon, who doesn't want to see this one more time...

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45 responses to this post.

  1. I like this list although I haven’t been a fan of Justin Braun or Michael Orozco’s play this season in MLS.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 12:23 AM

      Certainly not Orozco…I would like to see what Braun can do supported by better offensive service and talent around him.

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      • Braun is just one of those guys that seems to be a fine MLS player but the goals he scores just always seem to be lucky. I mean USA should take whatever they can get at the forward position, but I don’t think Braun is the answer. He isn’t a clinical finisher in any sense and I believe he makes poor decisions on the ball. I don’t know if you saw the Chivas game against DC about a week and a half ago, but I can promise you that the header goal he scored wasn’t on purpose.

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 12:40 AM

          Obvious holes in his game….for sure….but…

          You are talking about a 6’3” player who at least has a shot being a striker who can head the ball….as I mentioned in my–cough–ALF article as teams sit back, the over-the-top option has to be an option. Nearly every EPL team geared up for that this year.
          Right now Edson Buddle is the best striker header on the USMNT…

          Braun is athletic and he works hard all game long long, though yes trouble finishing..which leads me to…

          You are talking about a coach that tried Findley (athletic, works hard, trouble finishing)…and who once tried Jaqua (2008 England) and employed Conor Casey and Brian Ching….
          …not mention Braun was in Camp Cupcake and has Chivas USA blood…

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        • Posted by jwrandolph on 2010/09/09 at 6:30 AM

          The concept of “lucky” goal scorers has bugged me a lot since the World Cup, and its crazy how useful they can be. To me, the ultimate “lucky” goal scorer is Gonzalo Iguain. Take his hat trick against South Korea. 1 goal showed a bit of skill, but the other two were just tap-ins, that could have been scored by any of us here at TSG. (maaaaaaan you should have seen us back in the DAY! :) )

          The same is true with most of his goals at Real Madrid. Look at a highlight reel of Iguain. It is 90% positioning (“lucky”), and yet he is one of the top scorers in one of the best leagues in the country, despite sharing striking duties with Cristiano Ronaldo.

          So, I haven’t watched Braun play much, but I think theres something to be said for “lucky” strikers, who happen to find their way to the back of the net often, even if it is clumsily. Maybe thats not the case with him, but just my two cents…

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        • I disagree. I think Higuain is a great goal scorer. There is something to be said for someone who scores goals by being in the right place at the right time, but Bruan doesn’t do this. I can’t really describe the way he scores his goals, and I know a goal is a goal but it just seems like he doesn’t finish even the goals he scores as well as he could have. @Matt If were talking about forwards that big, I would rather even have Kenny Cooper even if he is injured and almost useless in the air.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/09/09 at 1:08 PM

          The likes of Mueller, Rossi, Rummenigge, Lineker, even Raul and Inzaghi must have all been lucky. And I always thought that they were great box-strikers…

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          • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 1:12 PM

            Evan…going to have to disagree on Kenny Cooper. He appears to be extremely brittle and if you’re not flashing world class speed (no matter how tall you are) then a speedy big man is just not enough.

            Having watched Cooper–contrary to some–I do think he is best meant to play in Europe but perhaps a lower level Spanish or Portuguese side. His best role in my opinion is a FW out wide in the 4-3-3. He’s got good vision out there, but doesn’t possess the strength and holdup ability inside.

            I think at the very least it would be great to see what Braun could do with talent around him. It’s not exactly like Altidore is burying them in the back of the net yet either.

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        • I don’t want to see Cooper either. This isn’t appraisal of Kenny Cooper, it is showing how much I don’t like Justin Braun. This being said, I hope he proves me wrong (or at least another forward emerges in the next 4 years).

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        • Posted by dth on 2010/09/09 at 2:29 PM

          I think Braun is worth taking a look at. He’s got 8 goals and 3 assists in the MLS, and while that’s not super-awesome striker level, it’s certainly respectable. He’s got a good work rate and wants to score. He’s not a great player and will never be, but it’s possible he could be a situational contributor. What’s your objection to just getting a look at him? I don’t think anyone’s arguing he should be a lock 2014 starter, simply that he’s performed at a high enough level that it’s worth seeing what he could do in a friendly.

          Note that the strength of Braun’s case (just to be seen) increases when you consider the other options at forward. Jozy’s the best we’ve got, Buddle has better stats than Braun (but isn’t that much better, I’d argue), Gomez doesn’t play and neither does Robbie FIndley. Mwanga isn’t eligible yet. Conor Doyle only just started his career. I’d like to get Dempsey a rest. Why not just take a look at Justin Braun?

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        • Posted by foreverorange25@gmail.com on 2010/10/01 at 7:54 PM

          @jwrandolph having a good positional sense is not lucky. When people say lucky scorer that just means for whatever reason it always looks wrong like they messed up, but it still goes in. IMO having a positional sense as good as a Gonzalo Iguain is not luck and it is in fact a world class skill. Soccer is just as much mental as it is physical. That’s like saying that a goalkeeper is lucky at making saves because he is always in the right place at the right time. That is not luck. If you want to argue technique is wrong…shouldn’t have gone in… geometric angles… then great, but certainly not position.

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        • Posted by Kevin on 2010/10/01 at 7:58 PM

          Did you know that my name is also my email address? just look above…

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  2. Posted by Ryan R. on 2010/09/09 at 2:09 AM

    Most interesting to me is going to be our formation and system. From the tail-end of the Confederations Cup through the World Cup, Bradley found what he considered to be our best formation and system. Agree or disagree with it being the best, it’s what he determined was the best. What I think a lot of people forget, though, is that prior to that Bradley had tried us in a more traditional 4-4-2 as opposed to the 4-2-2-2 that he went with later on, he had us in a 4-5-1 and tried out some 4-3-3. I’ve seen a lot of people bash Bradley for being inflexible, but I don’t see that argument. It was his timing and implementation of his changes and experiments that led to problems (as well as curious player choices), but not an unwillingness to try things.

    With that said, it would not shock me in the slightest if we start moving away from the 4-2-2-2 now that Bradley knows he has four years to find something else. I don’t think we’re going to see the same formation for 90 minutes against Poland and I’m really curious in that match and the Colombia match if we get some sort of indication as to what Bradley may see as our formation and system going forward. Without our full team we won’t see exactly what Bradley may be thinking about morphing into because the personnel won’t allow it, but I think we’re going to get a sneak peak.

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    • Posted by SamsArmySam on 2010/09/29 at 8:26 AM

      Agree 100%. I believe we will have lots to talk about after these next two matches.

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  3. Posted by Sean on 2010/09/09 at 5:30 AM

    I don’t think Orozco deserves it. He has been poor at best this season. I say Dempsey and MB90 make the squad as well. I’d expect more guys from overseas as MLS is in playoffs.

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  4. Posted by Freegle on 2010/09/09 at 5:31 AM

    Sweatpants Junior? MB90 never misses an opportunity to se papa!

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  5. I second the McBride call-up one last time. Show the kids what it means to be good at what you do, classy, and, oh yeah, a legend in the US shirt.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 7:33 AM

      Only issue is a Fire game the night before. That’s all I see.

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      • Not an issue for McLegend. He’d get up for it no problem. Plus I would see it as probably only the first 50 minutes (or 20 like Mathis against Real Madrid) so he can be on the field and get an ovation when he comes off.

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        • Thirded. I’d love to see McBride be properly recognized with a true send off by US Soccer, no better place than in front of the hometown fans.

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  6. Posted by dude on 2010/09/09 at 6:11 AM

    i saw Jared Jeffrey play at the U-20’s, and though I’m aware that it doesn’t translate immediately to the highest level, what I saw was a player a cut above literally everyone else on the pitch. He never put a foot wrong defensively (not his fault he was the only midfielder playing any) and his distribution is excellent, more so than Bradley at the same age. In short, he might be an actual defensive holding midfielder capable of passing from A to B with minimal chances of being caught out.

    He’s probably a year away from any kind of real attention, but you definitely struck me as a future mainstay.

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  7. Bill Hamid has a low-level shoulder injury. The medics have said that he might be able to play through it or he might have to have surgery. No updates yet.

    Oh, the answer to your question “Will DC United be eliminated from the playoffs” is ‘yes, very soon now.’

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 10:42 AM

      I was trying to be nice to United. Thanks for the update on Hamid. That rules out Perkins then too.

      Likely looking at Cervi or gulp! Luis Robles.

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  8. What about Geoff Cameron at centerback? The Dynamo are (as much as I hate to admit it) not making the playoffs this year and I’d like to see him play against a higher level of competition.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 10:43 AM

      How’s his fitness cfig?

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      • He’s played 90 every Dynamo match for almost the last month (since August 14, four matches) so he would seem to be back to full fitness. I can see him being left off for that reason though.

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 11:11 AM

          I think he’ll probably exclude him and go Camp Cupcake again with him for that reason.

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        • Posted by Kevin on 2010/10/01 at 8:08 PM

          @matt however he does seem more likely than a Gonzales of Franklin to me at the moment. Houston are eliminated… sigh… but what makes him great for this friendly is 1. he is fit
          2. his club games left aren’t terribly important
          3. he can play almost anywhere on the pitch. (maybe not at the highest level, but in MLS)
          4. Houston are trying to resign him and he is not out of contract.

          However, it should be noted that Cameron isn’t exceptionally young or anything. He would be (without actually checking) atleast 28 in 2014. For centerback that’s fine, but I don’t think he likes that position. I think it’s great that Houston are making an effort to extend his contract while making it public that during the offseason they want a DP. All signs point to an attacking midfielder.

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  9. Posted by brian on 2010/09/09 at 9:11 AM

    what about charlie davies? hes gotta make a comeback sometime.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/09 at 9:15 AM

      I don’t think you’ll see Davies on national team duty until he’s playing for a non reserve side at a high level.

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  10. Posted by Shane on 2010/09/09 at 7:27 PM

    Jack McInerney <– Good kid, would like to see him have a go at Forward.

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  11. Posted by tnnelson on 2010/09/10 at 6:54 AM

    would love to see brek shea get a call up if dallas is no longer in the running

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  12. Posted by dth on 2010/09/28 at 9:10 PM

    Daniel Williams doesn’t have his passport yet, so he’s not eligible. Wait ’til the New Year.

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  13. Posted by bronzeart on 2010/09/29 at 8:12 AM

    I love it when you guys smoke rock before you post– it’s so entertaining!! Especially leaving Donovan off the squad, calling in guys who haven’t been playing first-team ball, and bringing in McBride,a great striker, but one who needs to be modeling for his USSoccer Hall of Fame sculpture and considering his coaching options. EJ? Let him knock a few back for Fulham, and then we’ll talk.

    Love the wishful thinking post, regardless, and always enjoy your articles

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/29 at 8:41 AM

      I’m sorry I missed your point there.

      Here’s your problem with the Galaxy. The team is exhausted and there are at least three guys there. Omar, Franklin and Donovan who any coach would love to have there.

      That said LA is reeling and Donovan desperately needs the rest. His game has been pedestrian by his standards lately. What do you gain with bringing him in besides USSF marketing?

      An injury is risked, he has nothing to prove and the competition is subpar.

      What’s your argument that’s pro Donovan?

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      • Posted by bunkelUSA on 2010/09/29 at 9:01 AM

        I completely agree. Much as I’d love to see him play (I’ll be at the Poland game), LD needs to sit this one out. In addition to the benefits to Donovan/Galaxy, I feel the Nats would benefit from some time without him as well. While I fully expect Donovan to still be around come 2014, we need to decrease our reliance on him to either score or create all of our chances.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/09/30 at 7:31 AM

          +1

          Plus everybody slates Bradley for lack of Plan B and Plan C, so when he does have an opportunity to look at something else, he still gets cussed!

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      • Posted by bronzeart on 2010/10/01 at 12:09 PM

        Wow. Okay, I take half of it back. Did NOT see resting Donovan, or bringing EJ. You must be paying closer attention than I am.

        Klejstan not coming is a bye– I could have seen that going either way.

        McBride is a great striker who has done his service and needs to rest on his laurels, polish his trophies, and look for a coaching job.

        But you totally nailed it on bringing EJ and dropping Donovan.

        Kudos.

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    • Posted by John on 2010/09/29 at 9:05 AM

      Incidentally Bronzeart:

      EJ is playing more time with the 1st team of his club than Altidore, Davies, and Doyle.

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      • Posted by scweeb on 2010/09/29 at 9:46 AM

        Plus we all know it only takes one goal for a forward to go on a streak and this just might be the game ej needs to get his streak going.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/30 at 6:40 PM

      How those roster comments working for you bronzeart.

      First time I’ve ever “talked smack” on TSG since starting the site many moons…but couldn’t resist.

      Apologies in advance (or after the fact.)

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  14. […] A Look Ahead: USA vs. Poland Update: 09/29 A few weeks ago–one month before the USA played Poland in Chicago–TSG took a look at who Bob […] […]

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  15. Posted by phlub on 2010/09/29 at 9:01 PM

    Has Wondolowski ever gotten a MNT look? He’s looking good tonight against Chicago, and is the top American scorer in MLS under Buddle. 27’s not too late.

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    • Posted by Kevin on 2010/10/01 at 8:15 PM

      I don’t think he’s a realistic option. Is he 27 now or will he be 27 in 2014? I’m pretty sure I know the answer which is why he isn’t a realistic option. So much of his game relies on scrappines and just physical traits that fade away with age. at 31, I don’t think I want him. He’s had a good year… Kudos to him, but frankly if Wayne Rooney had a bad year, should people all of the sudden call him crap?

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