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The 30: Klinsmann’s Minions for Brazil 2014

We applaud the selection of the US Ambassador to Brazil to the Brazil 30 roster.

We applaud the selection of the US Ambassador to Brazil to the Brazil 30 roster.

It’s 30 to Stanford with seven to be scratched at the end of May.

US manager Jurgen Klinsmann will select from the names below in naming his 23-man roster on May 30th.

DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


Alejandro Bedoya To Train At Birmingham City

We applaud the move too....

Prelude to a move?

Via Soccer by Ives and the Orebro Web site, the TSG crowned Ambassador to Brazil, Alejandro Bedoya will train with Birmingham City.

City could certainly use the wingers–cough, Alexander Hleb–and Bedoya’s got the body, the crossing power and headers for the EPL….does he have a complete game.

Only a one week stint here, with Bedoya’s contract up this will help another league get a look at him before the summer.

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.

Bedoya Finds Out About The 30 On Facebook

Making the 30...

The Shin Guardian did a great interview with Alejandro Bedoya late last week.

Here’s another great interview (note: the translation from Swedish to English is not perfect) of the winger that talks about how his father took the news of the selection and how we learned about it himself.

The Up-And-Comer: Alejandro Bedoya

Swedish translation

In 2006, Theo Walcott wore the label for England to much fanfare and debate.

Landon: Undoing Portugal in 2002

Landon: Undoing Portugal in 2002

Heading into a World Cup, it’s not uncommon for a manager to pick a player that is seemingly too green or perhaps considered by the populace just “not ready” for the occasion. Typically the player–through lack of caps alone–does not grasp the magnitude of their surrounding. It goes without saying they are not burdened with leadership responsibilities either.

That’s exactly what the manager is looking for in the cliched “x-factor” role.

Comparably, it seems as if the United States has sank or swam with young, though perhaps more experienced, players as the staple writers of its recent World Cup diaries.

2002 saw a precocious–and thick-scalped–Landon Donovan drive to the hole with aplomb, even going nutmeg, against quality defenders and teams (Portugal, Mexico, and Germany.) Landy, after getting his first senior cap only a year earlier, was one of the top global stories for soccer’s top tournament in South Korea. DaMarcus Beasley, too, acquitted himself well.

In a regrettable 2006 campaign it was Clint Dempsey, who made his impression by personally issuing  an arsenal of scissor-dribbles and step-overs. Those moves and his strike against Ghana threw the international spotlight on the Texan. Dempsey might have had two full years of qualifying games under his belt, but he was still only 23 when he made the World Cup charge.

Conversely, fleet-footed striker Eddie Johnson was unable to leave his mark in Germany in 2006 and is on the bubble for this year’s squad.

New Jersey’s very own Alejandro Bedoya seems poised to be one of the chosen youngsters for Bob Bradley’s crew bound for South Africa.

"On the come-up"

To hear Bedoya tell the story, his invitation to Camp Cupcake–his direct quote–in January of this year was more of a look-see. A hi, how-are-you nod for future involvement.

Well that’s not the script that got funded.

Bedoya, after a solid showing in his first senior camp and good play against Honduras, went Hollywood with an appearance in the USMNT measurement stick friendly against Holland in March. From there, the winger has continued his assault on a World Cup roster spot with his club team Orebro, notching a goal, an assist, and has he tells it, “a whole bunch of hockey assists too.”

Media types and die-hard fans alike are all pretty confident heading into tomorrow that Bedoya will be included in the “30” and that a few short weeks later, Bedoya’s luggage will be processed and earmarked for the baggage claim at Tambo International ….Johannesburg, South Africa.

TSG had the opportunity to chat recently with Boston College grad and quite frankly, it may have been the most fun interview we’ve done to date. Thanks and on to you, Alejandro Bedoya.

TSG: Good day Ale–actually, what time is it there?

Alejandro Bedoya: 3pm.

TSG: Did you just finish practice? How many do you have per day?

AB: Actually, day off today for us.

TSG: Alright, let’s get started. For many fans, you came out of nowhere this year. TSG saw you in January camp and was wondering why this was the first time we caught you on the field in a US practice jersey.

When did you know that Bob and US Soccer was looking at you for this cycle?

AB: Honestly, January camp was the beginning of it. First, to be called in at anytime is a rewarding honor.

But you know January, is you know, it’s called Camp Cupcake and I think they were just bringing me in to take a look. Anytime you get called in, whenever you get the chance, you just want to show them what you’ve got. You want to make an impression.

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Some USMNT Thoughts For Tuesday

Some States bullets for Tuesday:

That's rightback Jonathan Spector

• I’m not sure why media and fans continue to insist that Jonathan Spector is a viable option at left back for the Yanks. Spector is having a rough go of it right now at West Ham, but in his defense the entire West Ham defense is not that solid.

Since 2008, Specs owns 14 USMNT caps. Twelve times he’s been at right back…the other two? Center back. Gotta look somewhere else for your left back option.

• As questions continue on whether Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle should be called, remember that Jeff Cunningham was called after not participating in the national team in 5 years and at the age of 33.

• Speaking of USMNT strikers, a Hull City message board claim states that Jozy Altidore–in what is a totally believable instance for us–returned a tweet to a Tigers supporter that commented, “thank you for your continued support, but unfortunately i was only on loan for this season and the club have not informed me about staying, i will go back to my parent club. once again sorry for Saturday.”

Check out the thread here.

In our piece yesterday on Jozy’s relocation package, TSG commenter Freegle pointed out West Hammerville was an option to which I replied that a certain Carlton Cole was the key to any move there. If you read our piece, check this story on Cole’s possible relocation. Seems like the TSG community is on the right track….and West Ham could be a possible option for the Big Jeezy.

713 to 154. Minutes. Since the March friendly, World Cup wing candidates Alejandro Bedoya (high man) and DaMarcus Beasley (low man) have gone in opposite direction. Excluding stoppage time, Aljeandro Bedoya has featured in all but 7 minutes of Orebro’s 8-game season thus far.

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Video: Meet Alejandro Bedoya

The 723FootballFilms crew–or the crew that makes killer USMNT videos–hooks up TSG with a little compilation highlighting Alejandro Bedoya who TSG built a bandwagon for back in 2009.

Thanks guys.

And a few highlights nestled in this reel here from somewhere in snow country.


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