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Thoughts on US Camp: Player by Player

Bob Bradley’s selection for US camp preparing for the final qualifier of the semifinals of the group stage. Let’s look at each player and whether or not he has a national team future.


Brian Edwards (Toronto FC),

A training camp related call in. This is simply meant to have an extra training camp keeper.

Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF),

Now is the time to ascertain whether or not Perkins is an international level keeper.

Matt Pickens (out of contract)

Needed a third keeper

Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)

With Heath Pearce’s uneven play, Bornstein has an opportunity to start again for the US at left back should Nevan Subotic choose to play elsewhere

Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy)

A great call in. Let’s see if Franklin can handle the physical nature of international football

Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids)

Gibbs return to health spurred the Rapids late season run. Gibbs was one of the best American defenders before he got hurt in 2006.

Clarence Goodson (IK Start)

A good time to give Goodson another look

Drew Moor (FC Dallas)

The only truly bad selection of this bunch. Why Bradley likes Moor so much is a great mystery.

Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)

Parkhurst had a rough second half of the season with the Revs but remains one of the best options for the US.

Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids)

Clark can be a lively and creative force on the left flank for the US.

Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo)

Really came back strong in September and October

Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA)

Obviously a core player for the US heading into 2009

Nick LaBrocca (Colorado Rapids)

A nice call up for a good young player

Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)

My thinking is that the US must still depend on Pablo so long as he is able to play


Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards)

Why Arnuad has not previously gotten more looks is beyond me.

Chad Barrett (Toronto FC)

I really think Barrett has the tools to be a better international than club team player.

Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids)

When Casey was with Mainz he was the only American to consistently score goals in Europe. Yet every call in to the national team he flopped. Hopefully age and maturity mean he’ll take this opportunity. It could be his last.

Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)

A core player for the team.

Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)

IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Phillip

    November 13, 2008 at 11:45 am

    The international game is midweek.

    The final is on the weekend.

    MLS is fine.

  2. Mike

    November 13, 2008 at 9:12 am

    It will be interesting to see how that international weekend impacts the MLS Cup final. Angel, for one, may have to choose between club and country.

  3. eplnfl

    November 13, 2008 at 8:56 am

    The team selection for the next match may tell you more about Bradley’s thinking then the camp list. Given the end of the MLS regular season Bradley has scheduled a MLS workout for the USMNT. Nothing wrong with that and it’s great to be in a position to look over the entire player pool with no pressure.

  4. Phillip

    November 12, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    This is not the list of players that will face Guatemala. This is a list of players that will be in a training camp for the next few days. On Sunday, Bradley will name the roster for the Guatemala match which will include more European players and other MLS players.

  5. bandeeto

    November 12, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I will miss the FMF contingent. I understand why Bradley has left them out for this game, however other that Cooper, Clark, and Franklin this roster is booring.

    We do not need Mastroeni. We need to keep using younger/less experienced d-mids in these types of games. Or bring in Alvarez as a more offensive option.

    Is there still a chance that Subotic will play for the US? I thought he alrady said no way.

  6. Berlin

    November 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Looks like we’re about to see how the MLS really measures, even if it is CONCACAF.

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