The U.S. squad coming into focus
Not for declaration and certainly not for vindication, here's a rundown on the status of certain MLS players as they vie for spots on the 2010 World Cup squad of 23.
Much more will be known next month when coach
Left back is up in the air.
Playmakers and game-breakers are in short supply, so
There might be enough room for both Holden and Rogers, but with three keepers and (probably) eight defenders to be selected, that leaves only 12 slots, with maybe three or four set aside for wide mids, where
The U.S. is overloaded at center mid, but I've been impressed with
I must admit I'm a bit bemused at all the fuss about Jones. Yes, he has played three times for Germany and in 96 Bundesliga games, yet at age 27, that's hardly a glittering résumé. He may indeed turn out to be capable at the international level, yet right now, his reputation is riding on that peculiar wave of "players we haven't seen must be better than the guys we have" that so many fans and journalists churn up on the Internet.
Jones is a rugged holding mid prone to fouls and cautions (nine in '08-09, plus two more yellow-reds, along with three goals). Schalke has hired a new coach,
The grass on the other side of the hill isn't always greener, especially for American soccer. Remember all the pre-'98 World Cup hoopla regarding
Though remote, there's always a chance another
Much depends on how much and how well