Greetings from Denver, where the U.S. is making its first appearance in the state of Colorado since nearly 50, 000 people watched Clint Mathis score the lone goal in the 1-0 win against Mexico on April 3, 2002 at Invesco Field in a tuneup for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. (How's that for a trip down memory lane? The Clint Mathis part, not the beating Mexico part ...)
By noon today, all 19 players on the mini-camp roster will have arrived as Brian Ching and Ricardo Clark make their way in this morning. The coaching staff will spend the next four days evaluating options for the Guatemala match, next year's January training camp, and beyond. On Sunday, U.S. coach Bob Bradley will announce the group that will train for Wednesday's match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the first-ever World Cup qualifier held in Colorado. Expect a dose of foreign-based players as well as guys who are on the unfortunate side of results from the MLS Conference Finals.
Meantime, we're up and running, so feel free to send us your thoughts and questions.