Thursday, January 31, 2008
McBride suffered a dislocated kneecap back in August, while Keller tore a bicep muscle in his right arm at the end of October. Welcome back boys ...
Matt said: What do you do outside of soccer?
Ricardo: “I take care of my family, spending time with my wife and son. I like to coach soccer. Right now I’m coaching at the local Boys & Girls Club in Houston.”
scottyb10 said: Ricardo, what exactly happened with the situation with Carlos. Was it a frustration thing or did he say something that pushed you?
Ricardo: “It was frustrating because Carlos is the type of guy that can get under you skin during the game. He had been coming at me all game, and on that particular play I retaliated. I don’t regret standing up for myself, but I do regret the way in which I reacted. I should have reacted in a more professional manner. The worst part is that taking those actions hurts your team. I have learned from it and put it all behind me. I’m anxious to get back on the field for Houston.”
Jonathan said: Rico, can you elaborate on the defensive vs. offensive responsibilities you have for the U.S. team? I'm particularly curious about how you strike the balance between getting forward and supporting the attack and also supporting the back line of defense. Do different CM's have different roles on the U.S. team? Looking forward to seeing you help us beat Mexico in Houston.
Ricardo: “I think with the national team that both central midfielders have pretty much the same role. When we play with two, both have to be on the same page, keeping their defensive shape so there is balance when one is in more of an attacking position. You have to be aware during the games so you can positioning syncs with the other 10 players on the field.”
Terrence said: This question pertains to the future, so it can be asked Feb. 6, 2008, after the game. How does it feel to beat Mexico again?
Ricardo: “Let’s hope there is another win! The USA-Mexico rivalry is a big one, and there is a lot at stake no matter what the game. When we play them, more times than not it is a pro-Mexican crowd, so you have to learn how to deal with that. I don’t let that bother me. The atmosphere in general adds to the intensity of the game. It would be great to play in front of the Houston fans as well.”
BobWeir said: Which league would you most like to play in if you were to leave the MLS this transfer window? After winning back-to-back titles have you given more thought to when you would prefer moving to another league?
Ricardo: “I have two more years left on my contract, and I am happy with my situation the Dynamo. Looking down the road, if I had the option to choose which league, I would say the English Premier League because I like the style of play there.”
Brice said: Where is your favorite place to eat in Houston?
Ricardo: “That’s a good question. We really like this Indian restaurant called Moksha. They have great Roti and Naan. I like spicy food.”
Gabe said: What CD do you have in the player right now?
Ricardo: “Ear Drum by Talib Kweli. His lyrics are tight.”
Who is your favorite teammate you have ever played with, for club or country, and why?
Ricardo: “I’ll say Dwayne DeRosario. He is the best player never to win the MLS MVP award. He is very talented, and he is my partner in the midfield.”
Rosie said: What is your favorite food?
Ricardo: “Roti and Curry Chicken.”
What are your favorite soccer teams? Leagues?
Ricardo: “Right now it is Arsenal. I like their style of play because they move the ball really well.”
cnelson said: Ricardo, it's nice to see you taking those long range shots. I don't see enough of that from the U.S., except maybe Convey and Heath Pearce when they play. That goal you got in the Copa, I think was around the 18, and it was pretty sweet. How'd that feel?
Ricardo: “It was unbelievable because it was my first goal with the national team and it tied the game. Unfortunately we wound up losing, but I am still thankful that I was able to get my first goal. Shooting from distance is something that I have been working on in the off season. Playing in my position, you only get so many chances around goal, so you have to take advantage of them. I think any opportunity you get to shoot, you should. You don’t shoot, you don’t score goals.”
Shannon said: Hey, I’m a senior at Steele High and I believe in March that the Dynamo are supposed to play a game at my high school along w/ D.C., Chivas, and Toronto. Will you be with the team, and will any other player at the camp right now? Really hope you are!
Ricardo: “I should be there, along with Eddie Robinson and Brad Davis. So make sure you wave! We’re looking forward to starting the year and defending our back-to-back titles. There have been a few changes in the off season, but the core of the team is still there and we are confident we can challenge for our third straight championship.”
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
For a change of pace, the team warmed up to start tonight's session with a little game of handball. Refereed by Pierre Barrieu, who left the New York Red Bulls to rejoin the national team staff, the rules of the game are simple: Pass with your hands, score with your head. You only get three steps, and if you're tagged (two-hand touch) it is a turnover. Sure it's just for fun, but if you think these guys aren't competitive in everything they do, take a look.
Meantime, the new uniform launch has certainly inspired a lot of conversation, and we appreciate all of the feedback. Love the passion on both sides of the ball...
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Apparently he was able to control himself, since this time he didn't assault a camera!
(Editor's Note: That last sentence was purely a plug for the video in the post below. Landon does not have a history of problems with violence towards recording equipment.)
Sunday, January 27, 2008
This week's (ahem) volunteer is Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark. After getting his first appearance for the full team against Panama in the USA's final World Cup qualifier before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Rico kicked off 2007 with consecutive starts against Denmark and then the 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 7 in Glendale, Ariz. He played four times in the team's Gold Cup championship run, including 45 minutes in the 2-1 win against Mexico in the final. Just over a week later, Clark netted his first international goal when he tallied against Paraguay in the second group match of the Copa America.
Already with three weeks of intense training and a game under his belt in '08, he's ready for his next tough challenge - your questions. So ask away ...
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The News: Michael Bradley extended his rich vein of goalscoring form with two goals in Heerenveen’s 3-0 win over De Graafschap on Saturday. With the victory Heerenveen move up to second place in the Eredivisie table.
Of Note: Undoubtedly inspired by his excellent podcast performance yesterday, Michael scored in the 20th minute before adding an insurance goal for his team late in the second half. The two goals give Michael 15 in all competitions, and five in his last four games. Meanwhile, Heerenveen jumps three spots in the table, though most teams around them play tomorrow.
Michael's goals today put him second all time for most goals by a U.S. international in a European first division domestic league season. With eleven tallies, Bradley passes former MNT players Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride who each scored nine times. Wynalda achieved that mark with Saarbruecken in the Bundesliga during the 1992/93 season, while McBride was Fulham’s leading scorer last year in the Premier League. Earnie Stewart, who scored 17 times in his debut season at Dutch club Willem II in 1990/91, currently holds the record.
Up Next: After three games in seven days, Heerenveen have a full week’s rest before hosting Vitesse Arnhem next Saturday.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Having said that, we did speak with Michael earlier today on the heels of his fantastic run with Heerenveen. The clus is on a four-match unbeaten run, and he has scored in three straight. They are in 5th place in the Dutch Eredivisie, and only six points behind league leaders PSV.
All this is a way of reminding you to keep following along with the Global Blog as we report on the progress of the U.S. internationals in Europe. And you can continue by listening to the podcast with Michael posted earlier today.
Tomorrow, Heerenveen face De Graafschap as Bradley’s club looks for three more points in pursuit of PSV at the top of the table.
Listen to the whole podcast here, and be sure to check back to see if Heerenveen make it their third win in a row tomorrow.
Training is back underway as the team moves towards its Feb 6. showdown with Mexico. Due to the heavy rains last night, the session moved from a natural grass pitch to a turf field where we broke out the new Nike gear. That's right - NEW GEAR! We've retired the threads that took us through the World Cup in '06 and a Gold Cup Championship in '07, and are now decked out in new-look warmups and training kits.
The guys got back into the routine of playing and, after some fitness at the end of practice, were glad to get the lunchroom for a meal. No rest for the weary though, since the guys will be back on the field - hopefully a grass one - this afternoon...
Thursday, January 24, 2008
ussoccer.com: How did the opportunity with Aalesund come about?
Pat: "With the Revs not picking up my option, it gave me the chance to go overseas and experience something new. My agent told me there was interest in Scandinavia. I didn't know much about the leagues there, so once some club names were mentioned I started doing some research. Adin Brown is at the club, and he's my former roommate, so I've been following his career there a bit. In the end, Aalesund showed the most interest. They have a new coach and a new stadium, so there are some exciting prospects there. The team has been finishing around mid-table, so hopefully I can go and try and help."
ussoccer.com: Had you been in contact with Adin before the signing?
Pat: "Mostly through e-mail, but we have spoken a few times recently and he has given me his feedback on the club. He likes the coach, and thinks there are good things ahead. I'd like to think I can go and help the cause."
ussoccer.com: What has he told you about the experience of living there?
Pat: "He gave me good insight into what to expect. He told me that it's a beautiful little town. Soccer is the big sport, so they have a good following. The people are very friendly, and his teammates have treated him very well. All those things go into consideration when you are choosing to go to a new place."
ussoccer.com: Was playing overseas something that has always interested you, or did you see your career playing out in MLS?
Pat: "Europe was always an option. It just depended on the situation. I played out my first MLS contract last year, and there had been some interest overseas. Because of my injuries, I think some clubs lost interest at the time. At that point, my interest level wasn't that high either. I re-signed with Revs and really hoped to win a championship. I found out in the off-season that my option was not picked up. I was disappointed in their decision, but maybe it was a blessing. Now I have the chance to go overseas and give it a shot, and hopefully move on from there."
ussoccer.com: You've had such a great core group of players in New England for several years, and come so close to winning a championship. Does it feel like you're leaving some unfinished business?
Pat: "No question it's tough to leave. You don't find too many locker rooms that have that kind of chemistry both on and off field. There was a lot of talent, and really good people as well. It's difficult going to the final three years in a row and not winning one. There is sadness in leaving close friends and teammates, but it is time for a new experience and new challenge."
ussoccer.com: Any ideas on why you couldn't get over the hump?
Pat: "No. In all three finals, I thought we could win the game. Maybe we were lacking a killer instinct. In 2005, it wasn't a great game. There were no really great chances for either team. It was a defensive game, and I felt like we were just as deserving to win. In 2006, we were up a goal, and played better than Houston. We had a lapse for 12 seconds, and all of a sudden you lose on penalties. That was the hardest loss to take, because we were minutes away from winning. Last year, same thing: Houston found away to win. If you get blown out it's one thing, because you can look for things that you could do differently. I thought we were the better team in all three of them and just couldn't get a result."
ussoccer.com: Do you think the move to Europe will have an impact on your prospects with the national team?
Pat: "I don't think so. Bob is straightforward and fair. If you are doing well with your club, regardless if you are in Europe or not, you get a shot. He is pretty good about keeping track of players all over the world, as you can see from all the different faces that come in and out. From there, it's all about coming into each camp and performing. Right now, that's all I am focused on."
Following the announcement of his transfer, Eddie sat down with ussoccer.com to talk about the next phase of his professional career.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The goal is Bradley's 13th in all competitions, and Heerenveen climbed to fourth place with the victory. Next they play De Graafschap on Saturday.
We now have a new addition to the Global Blog: Eddie Johnson! Today the 23 year old finalized a deal with Fulham FC after being granted a work permit.
You can read about the deal on Fulham’s website.
Roy Hodgson has been digging into the transfer market pretty heavily this January, you can read about some prospective dealings of his here.
Fulham slipped out of the FA Cup last night, after losing in a shootout to Bristol Rovers. Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra played all 120 minutes.
In some good news, however, Kasey Keller played the full 90 minutes of a training match behind closed doors. Read about it here.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Si se puede ...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Fulham suffered defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday. Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra both played 90 minutes in the loss.
Derby and Reading were also on the losing end of their games against Portsmouth and Man U respectively. For Reading, Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann both started. While Eddie Lewis came off he bench for the Rams.
In the Championship, Jay DeMerit went 90 minutes but Watford’s promotion charge was pegged back by a 1-1 draw with fellow Premier League challengers Charlton.
Of Note: Bradley assisted on the third goal, and then got on the scoresheet himself to cap Heerenveen’s win on Saturday. The three points push Heerenveen into 6th place, as they look to qualify for Europe next year. For Bradley, it was his twelfth goal on the season, and eighth in the Eredivisie.
Michael's goal, Heerenveen's fourth...
Up Next: Heerenveen take on VVV Venlo on Wednesday in a midweek matchup, and then face De Graafschap next Saturday. With both opponents struggling in the lower half of the table, Heerenveen will look for six points to keep pace with leaders PSV.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
1- Guzan; 15- Drew Moor, 12- Jimmy Conrad, 8- Eddie Robinson, 6- Ramiro Corrales; 10- Landon Donovan (capt.), 19- Maurice Edu, 13- Ricardo Clark, 22- Brad Davis; 11- Pat Noonan, 20- Taylor Twellman
Subs: 1- Steve Cronin; 7- Clarence Goodson, 16- Michael Parkhurst; 23- Jeremiah White, 26- Sacha Kljestan; 14- Josmer Altidore, 17- Chris Rolfe
Well that’s the last post before the game! Be sure to check out the video preview here… (its in the all_access player)
And follow along with the game on ussoccer.com's matchtracker.
Brandon Robo was a special guest at yesterday’s training session at the HDC, which was closed to all others visitors and media. Brandon is a junior in high school in Washington where he also plays soccer. Through the Wishing Star Foundation, Brandon, who suffers from severe type I diabetes, came to practice with his family (he’s had to wait two years because his dad was stationed in Iraq and Brandon wanted him to be there) and was invited down to the field to meet the players. Landon Donovan also presented Brandon a game ball, which he had signed, and a jersey with the #10 and his last name on the back. Today Brandon's family will be at the game where they’ll hopefully see a U.S. victory!
Check out more information on the Wishing Star Foundation here..
Friday, January 18, 2008
On the goals heading into the January camp: “I think our goal is to continue to build off of what we set last year – laying the foundation for how we want to play as a team, how we compete, and all the details that come in between. We continue to build off of what we started in 2007, and as we head into the Sweden game we look to be challenged on the things that we’ve worked on.”
On the characteristics of Sweden: “Sweden has a good mentality and they know how they want to play. It seems like it’s easy or simple, but when I say that I mean they know how to be mobile and active. They make things difficult for the other team. It starts with the two forwards who work well together putting pressure on the defense, then the other block of eight behind them are all on the same page. The team is consistent in that approach, and though they don’t necessarily have the flashiest players, they are effective.”
On what the U.S. must improve upon from their last match against Sweden: “Our reactions. The most important play is the next play. We’ve got to be connected to the game; to know where to go in relation to the ball and in relation to teammates. The better we can react, the more it will help us keep our shape, and the more difficult it will be for the other team to create chances. We need to be good in transition to create chances of our own.”
You can read the full interview here.
Also check out this brief article on the four players in MNT Camp who are age eligible for the U-23s and how this experience will aid their efforts to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
“Any time you get a chance to see how the full national team is doing it, it is an excellent opportunity,” said P.J. Brown, coach of Southern California’s Arsenal F.C.
“I think this is a great chance for us coaches to see how it is done, and even model our own training sessions after what we see here. The purpose is to make our players better, and part of that is getting them to train the way a team like this does.”
Brown also talked about what Bradley and Hackworth offered to the coaches prior to practice. “He spoke about the routine at a training camp like this and how they’re hoping to transfer the work here into the game on Saturday,” said the Arsenal coach. “He mentioned that with a new group it is important to get everybody thinking and moving on the same page.”
The coaches, who come from a variety of West Coast Development Academy sides, will get a unique insight into the match against Sweden this Saturday. Hackworth will meet with the coaches as the stadium before the game to talk about the starting lineup and the goals for the match. The MNT assistant coach will again sit down with the members of the Development Academy after 90 minutes to breakdown the team's performance and rate their success at implementing the game plan.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
With that in mind, it's time to list your Top Three games in U.S. Soccer history. And while it doesn't have to be a 'W' - a certain magnificent performance against a recent World Cup host comes to mind - the MNT has certainly had some famous ones amongst the 193 they have collected since 1916. There's been eight World Cup finals appearances, four Gold Cup titles, a third-place finish at Copa America; in other words, plenty to choose from.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Today was Drew Moor’s 24th Birthday – Woo! Woo! A spirited rendition of Happy Birthday rang out in the lunchroom (see what a lot of practice on Rock Band can get you?) and the hotel staff brought Drew a MASSIVE birthday cake. Here are some pics of the festivities:
As you can see, the cake was pretty good. Taylor offered some to Zach and then just decided to go for it himself. We’ve got a few more birthdays coming up this month: Chris Rolfe later this week and Michael Parkhurst towards the end of the month. We’ll keep you posted…
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Some of the staff chose to spend the afternoon off down at Manhattan Pier checking out the waves, and instead of spotting surfers got a look at these guys. To the reader's right is a grey whale (trust us), which according to the locals swam uncommonly close to the shore.
Below is a pair of dolphin buddies who were having a blast cruising back and forth along the shoreline.
And as for the sunset, it speaks for itself...
Of Note: Bradley’s one-timed finish was his 11th of the season in all competitions and gave Heerenveen a 2-0 lead in the game.
Utrecht fought back, though, and tied the game at two in the second half. Heerenveen had a golden chance to seal three points in the 80th minute, but striker Gerald Sibon had his penalty kick saved by Utrecht’s keeper.
Up Next: There’s a bit of a logjam at the top of the Eredivisie table: seven teams are separated by eight points. Heerenveen will look to return to their winning ways when they host AZ Alkmaar on Saturday the 19th.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
(Ed. Note - We fixed the video)
Meantime, the players have a single regeneration session Sunday morning and then they are off the clock until Tuesday. Needless to say, they are looking forward to the break.
Everton climbed to fifth place in the table following a 1-0 victory against Manchester City. Tim Howard made three saves, and the Toffees defended well as a team en route to their seventh home win of the campaign.
Reading suffered a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at Villa Park. Marcus Hahnemann made 12 saves in the losing effort, while Bobby Convey came off the bench in the second half for the Royals.
Meanwhile, West Ham United defeated London neighbors Fulham at Upton Park. Jonathan Spector continued his run in the Hammers’ side, going 90 minutes in the 2-1 win. On the other side, Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey were again in the starting lineup for the Cottagers. Bocanegra was removed after 14 minutes with a head injury – we’ll be sure to keep you updated on that developing situation. Speaking of injuries, Brian McBride is back in first team training for Fulham. You can read about his return here.
Over in Portugal, Freddy Adu came off the bench in Benfica’s 0-0 against Leixoes. Adu entered the game in 79th minute but could only help Benfica to a point as the club remains in 2nd place in the league.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Now it's on to another top three selection, one sure to inspire the same amount of healthy repartee. The U.S. is one game away from collecting its 194th victory, and there is one thing that each of the previous 193 wins have in common - goals. Don't score 'em, can't win 'em. And in case you're curious, the U.S. has deposited 665 in their lifetime scoring account.
So it's time to tell us your top three goals scored in U.S. national team history. Again, the criteria you use is all yours. Will you the choose spectacular goals of the 'I can't believe that just happened' variety, like the full volley blast into the upper 90, or the perennially popular bicycle kick? Will you pick the goals with the most historical significance, like the miracle of Belo Horizonte or just about any goal in a World Cup? Or will you simply go for the flat out dramatic - a moment of inspiration forever etched in the memory of every fan of U.S. Soccer.
“It was a great opportunity that came up,” Goodson told the MNT Blog. “I felt it was the right situation and the right time in my career to move overseas. It’s everyone’s dream to play in Europe, and certainly it has been mine.”
“I’m looking forward to Norway. I think it is going to be a good transition. I know there are a lot of people that speak English, so that will help. I’m looking forward to it.”
Here’s a story on Goodson’s signing on the IK Start website. We’ll gladly take any translations…
Clarence will report to camp with IK Start on January 28, and we wish him luck in the next stage of his club career!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
us: So what did you get up to for the holidays?
Chris: Just went back to Dayton, Ohio, with my parents. I spent some time with the girlfriend and got a real Christmas tree with the family, too.
us: Nice. Did you chop it down yourself?
Chris: Not this year, but we did last year – it was fun. There are lots of Christmas tree farms in Ohio, but we couldn’t find the right one this time around. So we ended up just buying one – it was about seven feet tall.
us: What else have you been doing? Reading any books?
Chris Rolfe: I just started reading the book Exposed by Mark Shapiro. I heard a radio interview with the author and thought it sounded interesting. It’s this investigative journalism book about how standards for chemicals in household items in America are really lax compared with other parts of the world, and what effect that has on the environment, business and us.
us: Sounds like it could be depressing.
Chris: That’s what my mom said. She said she doesn’t want to read it either. But it’s good to be informed and the book will at least be interesting. I’ve only just started it but it’s been good so far.
us: Seen any good movies?
Chris: I rented this movie with Pierce Brosnan called Seraphim Falls the other day and it was pretty good. It’s a Western set near the end of the Civil War. Westerns are probably my favorite type of movie – I think my favorite is Legends of the Fall.
us: A big Brad Pitt fan?
Chris: Ehhhh, not so much. But his character in that movie is fantastic.
us: The MNT Blog agrees, and it also recommends to you 3:10 to Yuma, which came out this year.
Rolfe: Yeah I’ve heard good things about it, just haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet.
us: So how’s LA been so far?
Chris: It’s been alright. At least the sun is out now. The other day was beautiful when you could see the mountains. The hotel has been great. It’s been nice and quiet with good food, too.
us: Since it’s dinner on your own tonight, what are you thinking for chow?
Chris: Not sure yet; depends on if we want to sit somewhere or just grab a quick bite. If we want to sit: Houston’s. If not, than Chipotle.
us: How about for the day off next Monday? Got any big plans?
Chris: Haven’t thought that far ahead yet, but that’ll be awesome. Maybe I’ll just head to the beach in my sweats and hoody and read my book for a while.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Of course, there IS a game scheduled with Mexico next month in Houston, which happens to be on U.S. soil, where the U.S. happens not to have lost against Mexico in eight years, and ... see, look what they started!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Of Note: Everton came from behind, powered by a Yakubu goal, and looked to be heading for a draw at Stamford Bridge. However an unlucky own goal by Joleon Lescott deep in injury time gave Chelsea the narrowest of victories.
Up Next: Tim Howard and his club will now have to overturn a 1 goal deficit when the sides meet again for the return leg on January 23rd. First though, Everton hosts Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
a) The U.S. holds a lifetime record of 193-194-112. That's right - we could go .500 in the 500th
2) The USA's first-ever international match? Aug. 20, 1916, a 3-2 road victory. The opponents? Sweden. Karma, don't you think?
It's also the kind of moment that begs for lists. In that light, we decided to solicit your input on a series of 'All-time' Best Of categories for U.S. Soccer history. Only no multiple choice, and no polls. We're going to give you a topic and let you hash it out. Without further adieu, here's the first question:
Who are the top three players in U.S. national team history? While we promised no rules, we should at least limit the criteria here to a player's performance with the national team, and not with their club. Other than that caveat, the only factors to consider are the ones you think are important, so we want to hear those too. We'll be having some of the current crop of players chime in as well, so you can compare your opinion with the pros.
Fans, experts, enthusiasts ... Have at it.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday also played to a 2-2 outcome. Eddie Lewis started for the Rams on the left wing.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
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Watford earned passage to the fourth round by defeating fellow Championship side Crystal Palace 2-0. Jay DeMerit played 90 minutes in the center of defense for the hornets, who face Preston next week when league play resumes.
Reading drew 2-2 with Tottenham, forcing a replay that will be contested at the Madjski stadium on January 15. Bobby Convey featured at left midfield in a Royals side that will fancy its chances against Spurs at home.
West Ham and Jonathan Spector will also be playing a third round replay after the Hammers fought out a scoreless 90 minutes with Manchester City. Spector came on at halftime for West Ham, who resume Premier League duties next Saturday against Fulham.
Finally, Everton and Tim Howard slumped to defeat against League One side Oldham. The Toffees will now look to regroup ahead of next weeks semifinal clash against Chelsea in the Carling Cup.
Friday, January 4, 2008
As promised, here is the podcast that features Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, and Bob Bradley talking about the prospects for the January camp as well as the beginning of the World Cup cycle. Be sure to view the excellent photo gallery from today's sessions. The crack U.S. Soccer photo staff never fails to deliver.
If the weather lets up tomorrow, we’ll be back on the field; if it doesn’t, it's into the gym for some fitness work. For the time being, we'll try to stay dry.
The first training session of 2008 is in the books, and the prominent storyline of the morning: it’s COLD. This is Southern California! It’s supposed to be paradise… but perhaps not today. Armed with sweatshirts, jackets and pants, 25 players took to the field for training, which consisted of some fitness, a seven on seven game, and some small ball work exercises. For those keeping score, meaning you read our releases, there should be 26 players in camp, and there will be once Brad Guzan arrives in a couple days. After training, a few journalists were on hand to talk to some of the players and coaches. We’ll have a podcast or two from that coming up later this afternoon. Now back at the hotel, the guys are heading off to the lunchroom, where there is hopefully some hot soup on hand. Brrr! Like the group, we are just warming up for the first MNT blog of 2008. We have lots in store, so stay tuned …