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Bob Bradley: Proactivity or Cynical Call Ups?


Thanks to FIFA’s rules and the poaching of players nations such as France and Mexico have engaged in lately, more focus and emphasis than ever has been placed on players eligible to play for more than one nation recently. Obviously the United States has previously depended on naturalized players like Earnie Stewart, Tom Dooley, Hugo Perez and even the forgotten Brian Quinn and David Regis, but recently the US has become more defensive in stopping other nations from poaching players developed here at home.

Giuseppe Rossi, Edgar Castillio and Nevan Subotic are the representatives of a worrying trend in domestic football. Players whose youth careers were spent entirely in the United States but choose to play for another national team. Subotic’s case is even more offensive quite frankly since he played for the US Youth National Teams and attended the US Soccer National Academy in Bradenton Florida.

Bob Bradley unlike his predecessor who seemed unaware of the international game of poaching has taken several steps, be they proactive or simply cynical to keep a number of talented American players from suiting up for a rival national team.  In many cases once Bradley capped the player in question they were relegated to the depth of the US player pool.

Michael Parkhurst

Was eligible to play for Ireland. Parkhurst caught the attention of them Irish manager Steve Staunton whose side was struggling in Euro 08 qualifying. When it appeared Parkhurst may be called into the Irish side, Bradley called the defender in for the 2007 Gold Cup, and has largely ignored him since, even though it can be strongly argued Parkhurst is among the best current American defenders.

Danny Szetela

Previously eligible for Poland, Szetela a close friend growing up of Rossi it has been reported would have entertained an offer from the Poles. But Bradley wisely took advantage of Szetela’s fine U-20 World Cup in 2007, called him in for a few Fall 2007 friendlies and has ignored him since.

Robbie Findley

Findley was eligible to play for Trinidad and Tobago. The RSL attacker, was convinced to play for the U.S. and then called in for one friendly in 2007 against Switzerland. He has not been called back up since.

Kenny Cooper

Previously eligible to play for England. While Cooper’s chances of ever being called into the England squad were less than remote, it’s still curious that Bradley called him in for three of his first four matches in charge yet has inexplicably called in strikers with less quality consistently since then.

Michael Orozco

It’s been argued Orozco falls in the same category as the others but from what I can gather, he never seriously considered playing for Mexico.

Jose Francisco Torres

The exception to the trend. What appeared to be a cynical move by Bradley in Fall 2008, has proven otherwise. Torres is now a regular call up for all big US matches, and unlike the top three names on this list is actually featuring more the US than he would have for the other nation seeking his services.

Give Bradley credit. Cynical or not, it shows the US will fight for the services of players considered of an international standard. Bruce Arena allowed Castillio and Rossi to slip through his fingers without a fight. The current US Manager on the other hand is aware of what players are eligible to play for the United States and other nations and is fighting to keep his fair share of these footballers.

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  1. GJ

    May 16, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Of all the players that are listed above none of them play top quality soccer besides for torres.
    I have a feeling that cooper and findley will be called in sometime this summer.

  2. Jeff

    May 15, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Proactive and thank god for it! Great job Bob!

  3. Josh

    May 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    So team A is who? What I want to know if Bob Bradley is going to go all out for the Confederations Cup? We need this cup more then anything. As a fan I would love to see the US win the Confederations CUP or try at least. Please! We need to send the Seniors and young talent to play together. By sending a Senior and young talented team to this cup would help the US chemistry build and make them a more competitive team for the world cup in 2010. Think about it the US could win or lose or tie against Brazil and Italy, Egypt the US has to win.But that would make the US better. The world Cup is one year alway, we need games like these to help the US build. Forget the Concacaf!!! The US own’s it. Theire is no competitions here, Mexico is done with and canada is France’s rejects. So who is in the A team for the Confederations cup?

  4. Albert

    May 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    You guys also forgot to mention how El Salvador is trying to call up every single Salvadorean American that plays in MLS

  5. Albert

    May 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Most of the mentioned players can still opt to play for their other country if they get called since they saw action in friendlies.

    As far a Bradley being cynical , I doubt that’s the case he is just taking advantage of his vast talent pool .He is not forcing the players to play he is just giving them a shot its up to them to make it work.

    For example ,Michael Orozco has not been a full fledged starter with San Luis ,why would Bradely call him ?

  6. eplnfl

    May 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

    More of it by Bradley in my book. The other countries have no problem stealing a player from us and will continue to do it. There are those in the soccer world who will do anything they can to keep the US from becoming a power in soccer.

  7. bookmakers

    May 13, 2009 at 12:03 am

    let them play with the foreigners, they need em more than their home teams…

  8. EastLAChiva

    May 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm


    I think this has more to do with American soccer system than IGNORES players who don’t play AYSO or club soccer. Our national side is made of the same type of players that play the same type of style.
    We will always lose players, but Subotic was and is a black eye for American soccer. Castillo wanted to play here but he was too small. LOL!

    We need more color, style, and flair from our youth players. That’s not going to happen in our current course of action.

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