US Men’s National Team Begins to Focus on Mexico! Three or Four May Get the Nod!

by CoachZ on January 31, 2009

20 Called to US Training Camp!

Bob Bradley is a workaholic — all soccer, all the time. And with a busy year ahead for the coach of the United States men’s national team (World Cup qualifying, Concacaf Gold Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup), there is no time for vacation.

Less than a week after a team composed almost exclusively of Major League Soccer players defeated Sweden, 3-2, in an international friendly, Bradley has called 20 players to a training camp. The players, all but one from M.L.S. (striker Charlie Davies/Hammarby of Sweden), will assemble at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., to prepare for the opener of the final round of regional World Cup qualifying against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 11.

(Two brief footnotes: On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer announced that tickets for the match against Mexico had sold out in 90 minutes after the start of a public sale; later Wednesday night, Mexico and its struggling and embattled coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, lost by 1-0 to Sweden in Oakland, Calif., in an exhibition match.)

It is obvious, however, that Bradley will primarily rely on his brood of European-based players (and probably one from Mexico) when it comes time to take the field against Mexico. They are in midseason form, while the M.L.S. players are only now beginning preseason training for the 2009 season.

The training camp roster:

Goalkeepers Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids).
Defenders Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Ugo Ihemelu (Colorado Rapids), Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto F.C.).

Midfielders Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City Wizards), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire).

Forwards Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF/Sweden), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire).

How many of the 20 do you think have a shot at starting against Mexico? Three or four (Ching, Kljestan, Clark)?

January 29, 2009, 6:32 PM
20 Called to U.S. Training Camp
By JACK BELL
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NOTE: Many feel the standouts from Sweden vs. USA, Brian Ching, Sacha Kljestan, and Marvel Wynne are all but assured of suiting up for Mexico, if not starting as well!

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