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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Quote Originally Posted by jmb View Post
    I played with some dudes in similar situation. There wasn't much trash talk but lots of strong challenges and nobody wore shin guards.
    Ya the first game I played with them I assumed we weren't going to be tackling for the same reason. That was foolish.



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Roster is out for Ukraine friendly:

    GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)

    DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Barnsley), Danny Williams (Reading)

    FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (Utrecht), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    No Donavan or Wondoloski? Any idea why?


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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    No Donavan or Wondoloski? Any idea why?
    It's pre-season for MLS some teams might not want to release their players and for a guy like Donavan he doesn't need games in the NT set up. He needs as few games as possible actually.

    Wondoloski is like 35 yo and is probably not worth bringing in to camps any longer. Better to get younger guys in to the set up.

    Also you'll notice the team is heavily made up of Euro based players its much easier to travel to Cyprus for those players.


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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    No Donavan or Wondoloski? Any idea why?

    Team is strictly Euro based Players. I know Clint is still under contract with Seattle, but he is curently on loan at Fulham



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Yea, I wouldn't read into the Donovan thing. There's essentially only one MLS player (Bradley) going over, as Dempsey is already in Europe finishing his loan with Fulham.



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    The MLS season kicks off on March 8th for most teams so I think this March 5th friendly was always going to be largely European based players. I believe Dempsey is still in London through March 1 on his loan with Fulham so it's not really a big deal for him to stay in Europe, train with the USMNT, get an international friendly under his belt, and then return to the States and Seattle. The only guys who are making the trip across the pond appear to be Bradley and Castillo. If this was Klinsmann's A-team you could be pretty sure that MLS guys like Zusi, Omar, Besler, and Brad Evans would be there. I'm sure Klinsmann knows what he has with those core MLS guys and is letting them stay home to prepare for their season openers.

    I don't know if we'll see him on Wednesday, but I love that Agudelo ended up in the Eredivisie. England denying his work visa may end up being a huge benefit to his career progression. Going over to Stoke and never getting any games would have been horrible for him. Holland has been good to both Jozy and Johannsson so I love having another super young talented striker getting his feet wet there. Shoot, even Bradley scored 16 goals in a single season when he was at Heerenveen. I hope we see lots of this over the next couple of months.



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Quote Originally Posted by shagcarpetjesus View Post
    That sounds awesome.



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    The final 3 matches before the USMNT departs for Brazil were announced a few days ago:

    May 27 - US vs. Azerbaijan in San Francisco
    June 1 - US vs. Turkey in Harrison, NJ
    June 7 - US vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Stu out another 7-9 months after yet another surgery.



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Julian Green has chosen the US & is filing his one-time switch! Absolutely huge get.

    Julian Green commits future to USMNT over German team | FOX Sports on MSN


    “Obviously this was a big decision, and I spent a long time discussing it with my family,” Green said in the statement. “I was born in Florida and my father still lives there, so I have deep roots in the U.S. I’m very proud to be representing the United States.”
    “A big part of the decision was the experience I had in Frankfurt,” he added. “All the players were super nice and welcomed me from the beginning. Clint Dempsey gave me a jersey with my name on it.”



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Gedion Zelalem just signed his professional contract with Arsenal but I'm guessing it's not looking promising for him to choose to play for the US?



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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Zelalem basically has no US tie other than living here for a short while. Ethiopian parents, born in Germany, never played at any youth level for the US. He was a huge long shot to play for the US. Unfortunate because he is a big time talent as well.

    Getting Green is a big deal for Jurgen though. He's a super talent and is pouring in goals for Bayern's 2nd team. He's more than likely going to end up in Brazil I would bet.


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    Re: ***Official USMNT Thread***

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneman003 View Post
    Zelalem basically has no US tie other than living here for a short while. Ethiopian parents, born in Germany, never played at any youth level for the US. He was a huge long shot to play for the US. Unfortunate because he is a big time talent as well.

    Getting Green is a big deal for Jurgen though. He's a super talent and is pouring in goals for Bayern's 2nd team. He's more than likely going to end up in Brazil I would bet.
    Yeah, I figured as much.



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