Tuesday Practice Post-Its: May 18th

An Ode to January...how we wish camp was at the state-of-the-art HDC

Some Tuesday Notes:

From US Soccer:

• Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Benny Feilhaber Clarence Goodson and Jose Torres train for the first time today.  Buddle, Donovan and Torres spent yesterday getting physicals, while Feilhaber and Goodson arrived into the country Monday afternoon. They practice today.

• Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson are excused from training to complete their physicals

From Steve Goff, Washington Post:

• Marshall running on side, Johnson and Ching finishing physicals, Howard and Bocanegra participating to some extent.
From SBI:
• Stuart Holden revealed that he was on the same flight back to England after the Netherlands friendly as Nigel DeJong, the player who broke his leg with a studs-up challenge. There was no apology from DeJong.
• Landon Donovan quoted that this is the best team he’s played on, but it’s lacking experience. That’s the same thing he told Kyle Martino a few weeks ago if you read our interview.
• Jonathan Spector prefers rightback, not left….that’s was TSG thought too….
• Italy cuts national team roster to three. Rumored to be dropped, Guiseppi Rossi makes the cut.
• The tide turns ever so slightly, positively, for Jay DeMerit, on our favorite overseas messageboard. (Note, the folks that support Watford are great to interact with…seriously)

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/18 at 10:17 AM

    Does anyone think Rossi will play? I mean there are at least 4 other veteran strikers/forwards ahead of him


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/05/18 at 10:32 AM

      First of all — it’s absolutely ridiculous I don’t care what the real story is that Cassano is not on that team.

      He’s like a combination of the old Del Piero and Robinho. Italy are worse for it. Ridiculous.

      That said Italy’s defense was out of this world in 2006…their offense fairly pedestrian. I don’t think there 2010 defense is

      Why do I mention this because I think you’re specifically going to need someone like Rossi who can play forward or striker, relieve Pirlo or provide speed up top as a suber sub.

      Iaquinto, Gilardhino, and DiNatale are all a little weathered. Pazzini I like the most…he’ll step in nicely for Torres at Liverpool next year.

      In short, I think they can use Rossi–whether as a forward or midfielder in South Africa for sure.

      Also, since I have you here in this USMNT post, probably the most defining player of 2006 World Cup Gattuso, heart and all, is literally falling apart.



      • Posted by kaya on 2010/05/18 at 4:49 PM

        Ahhh, it’s cruel how old one gets in 4 years. Italy will need Rossi dearly since there’s no one else young enough to shave the kernels off the corn cobs for the rest of the team.
        That said, if “Italy cuts national team roster to three”… they’re really going to have a hard time making it out of their group no matter who they bring =)


    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/05/18 at 11:12 AM

      Now you know how I felt when Nasri and Ben Arfa(recently cut) were left off.

      Long story short…Italy’s not making it passed the quaterfinals..? A bunch of Grandpa’s running around on the field doesn’t necessarily guarantee success.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/18 at 7:40 PM

        I would love it if Italy got knocked out in the QFs (or earlier), but the fact is you’d be brave man to bet against them. Then again, looking at the bottom half of the draw, they would probably face Spain in the QFs. I’m feeling brave…


  2. Jonathan Spector can play on the left. Ask Hammers fans whether you want him doing that. Probably not.

    Anyways, I think the last team last World Cup team Dono played on that didn’t have a lot of experience went to the quarterfinals. However, this core group become the veterans over the next four years and along with the young players we expect to emerge over the 2014 cycle should be some good times for US Sawker Fans!

    And finally, DIE Rossi!


  3. Stu Holden doesn’t get apology? They weren’t sparring? I must be confused…


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/18 at 8:30 PM

    What do people think about the US training on the East Coast at sea-level, when many of the top teams are preparing at altitude?


    • Posted by uncle dude on 2010/05/18 at 8:54 PM

      If they hadn’t already been over there last summer I’d see it as more of a potential issue. US staff and players have an excellent understanding of what awaits them when they arrive. Other teams without that luxury need to “cover their bases.”


    • It is felt they arrive with enough time to fully acclimate to altitude. Fitness is the issue. Because some of the players are at different points in their club seasons, they need to build base fitness. This requires a lot of effort in the first week of camp. This would not be possible to do while also acclimatizing to altitude. I believe that was the logic.

      Fitness is less of an issue for England. All of their players play domestically and have just finished a long season – these players probably need rest more than anything.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/05/19 at 7:19 AM

      Otther ConFed Cup participants have altitude camps and they know what awaits them.

      Spot on Tuesday – I just read that the United States also considered a pre-World Cup training camp at altitude in Europe, but after consulting with the US Olympic Committee, Bradley decided to train for two weeks on the US East Coast at sea level. “Sea-level preparation allows athletes to train hard and recover quickly, while at higher altitudes, where the air is less dense, it becomes harder to absorb oxygen into the vascular system. Bradley calculates that by leaving for South Africa on 30 May, four days before England, his squad will be perfectly prepared for the tournament”.


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