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Purposeful passing

I’ve been AWOL, watching the World Cup. And not wanting to ruin the experience of the 2010 jaunt by posting constantly.

Also, the Rapids have been off for the WC and Derby is in the offseason, so yes.

A few thoughts through the group stage, though, if I can, about the #USMNT:

These are the cardiac kids, for sure. We need to get used to that if they’re going to beat Ghana, cause Ghana might not be much better than Algeria, but they are way more dangerous on the defense.

If Charlie Davies had never got in that car accident, we’d be in exactly the same position we are right now. We might have had three against England, but we still would have finished on top of the group. So, it looks like Bob Bradley made the right move keeping him at home to rest up. 2014 is looking to be a breakout year, with him and jozy up top and still young, deuce at his last WC, and a more solid backline.

Speaking of the backline, sheesh. I’m really glad BB replaced Gooch at the back for this Algeria game today. It was a smart move and Bornstein showed up for an international game for the first time in his short career.

I’d like to see DeMarcus Beasley at wingback for a whole game.

Benny Feilhaber has a real chance to be a star for the USMNT in the next cycle. And I’m not just saying that because he used to play for Derby County.

Tim Howard is the one of the three best goalkeepers in the World. How Man U ever let him get away is beyond me.

Anywho, Saturday, 230 EDT, US – Ghana. It’s on.

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USMNT 2-4 Czech Republic; Final prediction for 23-man USMNT roster

It’s cut day for the #USMNT, the day that fans have been waiting for, the day invitees to camp have been dreading.

And no doubt, when that list comes out, we’ll all go over to our Xboxes and PS3s, change our line-ups to reflect the roster, and start go, go, going with scenario after scenario for how this big party in South Africa is going to shake out. (Okay, maybe that’s just me.)

Before I get to my final prediction, a few thoughts about last night’s loss:

The good: Herculez Gomez has a nose for the net. Torres showed why he belongs on the roster, and so did Edu – as long as it’s not at the back. Holden has improved by leaps and bounds playing in the EPL, and he’ll continue to grow. I’ve swayed back and forth on Beasley the last 2 years, but it’s looking like he was just suffering from a long run of bad form, and he’s back. Looking forward to seeing him in SA.

The bad: I’m sorry, fans, but Onweyu was bad. Just plain awful. A lot of that is his knee, to be fair, but a share of blame has to go to the rust he’s going to be knocking off through the group stage. Buddle and Eddie Johnson were ineffective in attack, and while they strung together some good play, you can’t help but wonder if most of that was because they seemed to be comfortable with each up top. Bornstein and Pearce are not an option (think we might need Castillo now?) because they dont’ know how to defend. Bornstein in particular looks like he wishes he was playing in midfield, because defending doesn’t seem to be a concern of his.

The ugly: Edu’s play at CB – dude’s not a CB. He can’t play CB. Please, BB, don’t play him at CB. In fact, the entire defense played poorly, with the exception of Goodson, who was anchoring a defense that gave up 4 goals to a ‘B’ Czech squad. Sacha Kljestan looks like a lost little kid in the midfield.

So here it is, my 23, in order of depth:

GK (3): Howard, Guzan, Hahnemann

Def (8): Bocanegra, DeMerit, Onweyu, Spector, Cherundolo, Goodson, Pearce, Bornstein

Mid (9): Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Edu, Holden, Beasley, Torres, Feilhaber, Clark

ST (3): Altidore, Gomez, Ching

Last man on the team: Bornstein

Just missed (2): Buddle, Marshall

The idea is that Bob Bradley will take 8 defenders. One of those defenders isn’t going to see the light of day, and that’s Bornstein (and it should be). Three strikers, because Dempsey can play up top, too, but is more natural on the wing. This team could really use a healthy Charlie Davies. Gomez proved that he’s still in goal scoring form. Buddle failed to impress, and EJ did too. Bedoya didn’t do enough to get a spot, and you could make the argument that if Bradley takes Edu (a lock) he doesn’t need Clark. But it’d be nice to have him just in case things really go sour with the back line, and Edu has to play back there.

Looking forward to Saturday, when we should see what this team is really made of.

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Camp opens today for #USMNT

Today, it gets real.

The 30-man provisional roster is done with physicals and ready to get down to the business of getting ready for England, Slovenia and Algeria. The pitch looks fantastic, and Jozy’s, ahem, lack of effort in practice has been addressed (click on that story, but long and short of it – he’s been saving himself for South Africa).

EJ’s hammy isn’t as bad as originally thought, but it comes at the worst time for a bubble player. If he’s fit, he’s a decent option up top, but if he’s not fit, his form quickly falls. It’s hard for me to imagine a world where he makes the 23 at this point. And that’s a shame, because I had him as the 22nd or 23rd man on the plane.

The NYT has a story on the striker situation. With EJ out of the picture, probably, and Findley being a poor option, both Herc and Edson Buddle could end up going to South Africa. Here’s their take.

This is a big time in my life. It’s going to be all #USMNT all the time for me for the next 6 weeks.

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Jozy’s This Is Sportscenter spot

Jozy gave us all a sneak preview of his new This Is Sportscenter spot on his twitter account.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27iQdCffxFk

If you’re not following these guys on Twitter, you’re missing out. @JozyAltidore17

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