U.S. roster spots still up for grabs as Bradley mulls preliminary roster
There will be thousands of guesses but only one man truly knows.
Sometime early next week, U.S. coach
While it's true that only Bradley knows, that shouldn't stop the rest of us from guessing. After all, guessing and speculation is fun. Here's our shot at who will report to Princeton:
Prediction for camp (3): Howard, Hahnemann, Guzan.
Prediction for camp (8): Onyewu, Bocanegra, Cherundolo, DeMerit, Spector, Bornstein, Goodson and Pearce.
Best guess here is that
Prediction for camp (11): Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Feilhaber, Clark, Edu, Beasley, Torres, Holden, Kljestan and Bedoya.
Under normal circumstances, Findley and Casey would have eliminated themselves from the conversation, too. But clearly these aren't normal circumstances. Injuries and poor form have spread like a nasty virus at the position, so Bradley will need to bring in additional candidates.
Casey might still have a shot, but only because his skill set is fairly distinctive within the group. On the other hand,
Finally, let's address the
There could be a downside here, too. Might Davies' involvement in camp create a situation where the player feels strong enough to make the final 23 but the coach doesn't? Something like that could stir unnecessary tension. There is probably enough unity in the core -- Howard, Donovan, Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Bocanegra, etc. -- to stanch any disharmony before it reaches troubling status. Still, why take the risk if there isn't a reasonable chance that Davies can contribute?
Predictions for camp (5): Altidore, Johnson, Buddle, Ching, Davies.
The last time 30,000-plus fans donned the green scarves and showed up at Qwest Field to see the Galaxy, their beloved Seattle Sounders weren't involved (well, except for a rousing pregame wave to the supporters.) On Saturday, the Galaxy make their first visit to the Northwest since falling to Real Salt Lake in last year's MLS Cup final. It's the highlight match of the weekend. Main plot:
Elsewhere, Dallas, Columbus and Real Salt Lake will look to pick up big points at home against vulnerable teams: offensively challenged D.C. United, injury-challenged New England and generally expansion-challenged Philadelphia, respectively.