Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A few things...

If anyone is still out there scrambling for my Christmas gift, here's a hint: I'd like a teleportation machine. I think they have those at Brookstone or something...

- USMNT boss Bob Bradley has called 30 players to January camp. It's mostly an MLS roster (including a couple of head- scratchers), with a few Scandinavian-based guys. I've boldfaced the newbies below.

G - Kevin Hartman (Kansas City), Troy Perkins (Vålerenga), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)

D -
Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)

M - Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus GF), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jeff Larentowicz (New England Revolution), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Brandon McDonald (San Jose Earthquakes), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

F - Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Marcus Tracy (Aalborg)


Oh... and I've one quick thing to say about my bit last week naming my current World Cup U.S. depth chart. I actually sliced a sentence mentioning DaMarcus Beasley because the focus was on the "now" of it - but I think the edit was a hasty error. I should have known better, being that I'm the one who has been warning people not to count him out. What can I say? I'm a dingle and consider Da Bease belatedly "on my depth chart".

Ahhh, that feels better.

#2 - Landon Donovan, Hope Solo, Luis Gil and Tobin Heath are your U.S. Soccer Athletes of the Year. Hard to quibble too much.

#3 - Meanwhile, Leo Messi and the Los Angeles Sol's Marta have won the annual FIFA Player of the Year nods.

The FIFA Team of the Year is as follows: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

I will be naming my 2009 World XI over at S365 later this week. Some of the names above will make it, some will not.

#4 - Some Americans Abroad news:

- Mark Lawrenceson on Landon Donovan to Everton? Thumbs up!
- Jeremiah White is officially out of his AGF contract
- Zak Whitbread is back in Millwall training, but looking to an exit
- Chris Konopka has signed with Irish top fighters Waterford

And no, White has still not entered talks to join Philly Union and/or MLS. I'm told he has an option or two elsewhere at the moment. I spoke to him last week and will try to catch up again today.

While we're on the topic, check out ESPN stalwart Jeff Carlisle's look at the evolving question for American players: Should I stay or should I go now?

#5 - A couple of people close to the situation weigh in on where Stuart Holden should play next year: Houston Chronicle ace Bernardo Fallas figures he'll come back to MLS, while Rangers speedster Beasley advises the young midfielder to come to Ibrox.

Speaking of 'Gers, Mo Edu made his return in a reserve match last night and could be available for selection this weekend - which would actually be about two weeks early.

- Seattle Times all-star Jose Romero adds a bit to the MLS collective bargaining agreement story.

#7 - The Portland Timbers have revealed their PGE Park renovation plans.

#8 - Finally, The Guardian with a Top 5 List on new Man City boss Roberto Mancini's to-do's.

- Greg Seltzer


Unknown said...

Snubs off the top of my head: Chris Rolfe (might be because he's getting situationed with new club), Bobby Boswell, Frankie Hedjuk, Jon Busch, Jermiah White...who else

Mike said...

What about Sam Cronin(might not be his name)? I have not paid much attention to him this year at all I just remember he was on the Gold Cup team and played a little in that tournament. Just wondering why he was not called in.

** I am not saying he should get a call up

Jon E. said...

Greg, whom do you consider to be the head-scratchers?

Greg Seltzer said...

Jon, my head-scratchers are Braun, McDonald and bringing both Hartman and Thornton.

My where-are-theys? Boswell, Brunner, Califf, Cronin, Parkhurst and Nguyen (obviously not all four defenders at once, but you get the idea).

I would add Jeremiah White, but I think we all knew he wasn't gonna be called.

Mike said...

Maybe a few more will get called in(nguyen, parkhurst, etc) if a few players leave for Europe...

Greg Seltzer said...

Hmmm. At absolute most, there are two players on that roster with interest far enough along to move to a country that plays the typical fall-spring slate by the time camp starts. And by "at most" I mean realistically one, with one in the only slightly conceivable category.

Jon E. said...

Greg, I agree that McDonald's inclusion is surprising (I say that as a Galaxy fan who was sorry to see him go). Braun is surprising too, but I guess Bradley (justifiably) isn't thrilled with our current strikers.

With Hartman and Thornton, couldn't it just be a reward? (You guys have been loyal servants to American soccer.) Barring major misadventure, no MLS keeper is likely to make the WC roster.

I wish we were seeing White also. Maybe Parkhurst. But I don't think Cronin is a likely prospect until next cycle (for the same reasons that make McDonald's inclusion so surprising. But I'm surprised to hear you mention Nguyen. He's seemed really erratic off the pitch lately, and he's been playing in a pretty weak league for the last season.