Notes: Awaiting the USA v. Brazil Roster…

Just some quick follow-up to whet your appetite as we await the USA roster announcement from US Soccer expected in a few hours here.

Any time you're ready with that roster, Bob....

• Here was our preview piece from last Friday on possible US selections. In general, look for a few trends today: (1) Players out of contract or embarking on a campaign with a new club will have a slightly lower probability of being called in; (2) look for MLS players to supplement those players; and (3) if a player was injured on US duty in the last year and is gearing up for the club season, TSG generally doesn’t expect them to be called in (Oguchi Onyewu, Charlie Davies), with one exception (Stu Holden).

Do I need new sweats?: In speaking with USSF, they don’t plan on having an announcement on the USMNT coaching situation prior to next week’s friendly at Brazil.

Don’t cancel that leaf-turning trip to Vermont with the lady just yet: Despite reports to the contrary (and information on, USSF has not finalized–or even determined–if the men’s national team will definitely be playing matches in October or the locations of those possible matches.

• Hi, how are you, good effort, don’t let the door hit you on the way out: Brazil camp–if you can call it that–will be a quick turnaround. The players will arrive on Sunday, practice on Monday, play the match on Tuesday and leave on Wednesday.

Ale Bedoya applauds you, the fans (Photo credit: Matt Mathai)

Campaign Manager: Ale Bedoya for Brazil Ambassador 2014: Lately, we’ve got a lot of emails from folks asking if we can follow-up on our interview with Alejandro Bedoya (one of the most fun interviews we’ve done to date) from May of this year right before the 2010 World Cup roster selection.

Many of you have commented that Bedoya has been extremely gregarious in responding to your chats and emails and it is appreciated.

We reached out to Ale earlier this week and we are working to get him to have some regular contributions. Here was his response on hearing that his replies to your emails resonates: “I just try and give back because without the fans we would be nothing!”

How can you not for root for that guy? Class act.

• It’s not Antwerp: Steve Goff at the Washington Post has learned that Dutch club Heracles and French club Nice are among the Euro sides interested in USA veteran, and jewelry peddler, DaMarcus Beasley.

• Mum’s the word on Moysisian (and Mwanga, Najar) for now: We asked USSF about conversations with or intentions for players that could conceivably represent the United States including Yura Movsisyan, Danny Mwanga, and Andy Najar and they’re not commenting yet.

By the way Brent Latham, writing for ESPN, has a very good piece on Najar.

• Hey, Capdevilla, it’s me again: Should Jozy’s move to Beşiktaş in fact go through, the American striker might play his first game for the Black Eagles against his old Yellow Submarine. Beşiktaş’s next scheduled match is a friendly this Sunday against Villarreal.

Cletus Style: How about a little tribute to Clint Mathis and his national team service. If you’re going to the Brazil game and a) sporting a Mathis jersey, b) sporting a mohawk, c) sporting both or d) see someone who qualifies for (a), (b) or (c), send TSG a picture and we’ll post it later next week with another tribute to Mr. Swagger.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by SteveM11 on 2010/08/04 at 10:28 AM

    Very excited for this match and making the 4+ hour journey with my son (11) to be there. This is our first live event. he would love to shake hands with a few players. What tips does TSG have, or anyone?


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/08/04 at 10:41 AM

      Steve — I think you’re going to see a really quick turnaround for players with some likely jumping on the plane immediately after the game.

      There are two spots that are enviable if you are trying to meet players, in my opinion:

      1) Coming in and out of the tunnel as they warm-up. Players typically take some time to say hello to at least a few fans hanging over the railing. I’m not aware on the crowd management policy of the Meadowlands, but you *may want to get there early and see if you can get a prime location near the tunnel before returning to your seats.

      2) Sometimes there is an opportunity to greet the players as they leave the facility and enter the bus. This is more difficult as everyone who is waiting there usually wants something signed, the players are tired and they have their headphones on.

      My suggestion would be to:

      a) have a specific player in mind and knowing something about their history or upbringing (this is tactic that works well in interviewing players in the mixed zone after the game). For example, if you’re a fan of Jonathan Spector who may ask is he is a Celtics fan (his grandfather played for them) or if he sometimes wishes he still played forward (Spector played forward/striker until he was 17)…etc.

      b) be genuine and conversational — a handshake (some players) or a question about the game before thrusting something for them to sign (if that is your intent) is always good.

      You’ll find that the players for the USMNT are really genuine and down-to-earth for the most part, willing to talk with you. That’s one of the best parts of covering the team.


      • Posted by SteveM11 on 2010/08/04 at 11:59 AM

        Thanks so much. Truly. I don’t think we’re looking for anything signed, though my son might pull a whammy on me on that. I just think it would be cool for him to shake a hand or two of guys he idolizes. If he got to shake Landon, Howard, or Edu’s hand he might wet himself. heck, I might wet myself!!


      • Posted by SteveM11 on 2010/08/09 at 8:48 AM

        Well, a day away it turns out your advice is very needed. Whammy pulled day before we leave. My son dropped a casual, “Wouldn’t it be the coolest thing ever if we got Tim Howard or Landon’s autogragh on my (brand new USMNT) Landon jersey. That would be so awesome.”

        So, when you see the guy with his kid and a sharpy obnoxiously trying to get the USMNT biggest stars to sign his jersey, my secret identity will be revealed.


  2. Posted by Hercules on 2010/08/04 at 11:46 AM

    GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
    DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
    MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
    FORWARDS (3): Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca)


  3. […] some danger, took some decent looks on goal, and whipped in a nasty free kick. He also fulfilled the TSG prediction of him being the US Ambassador to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup by ambassadoring it up out there. He did it well. Hopefully his legs were just cramping toward the […]


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