JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, March 16, 2010
National team coach Bob Bradley took a covert scouting trip this past weekend and Kristiansand, Norway and Örebro, Sweden were on the itinerary.
First, he showed up to see IK Start's Clarence Goodson have a good game against Sandefjord where the defender earned Man of the Match honors by the local media.
Then he presumably drove or took a train 10 hours from southern Norway to central Sweden to see Alejandro Bedoya play in Örebro's Allsvenskan opener.
Goodson was quoted in local paper saying that he was proud that Bradley actually had come to watch him play considering there are many good players on the US national team.
While Goodsopn knew beforehand that the USMNT head man was coming to watch him play, Bedoya was completely surprised learning about Bradley's visit when the Örebro newspaper reporter asked him a question.
Johan Arvidsson, a local Örebro beat writer, told YA that Bradley made mention over the weekend that Bedoya would be a likely recipient for the 30 or so spots for the camp that will occur in May when the US team gets ready for South Africa.
Arvidsson went on to report that Bradley considered Bedoya to be an outer midfielder in the US 4-4-2 system after seeing him play in the 4-3-3 in Örebro.
The 30 man preliminary World Cup roster is due to FIFA on May 11th. The US training camp will begin in mid-May
The question every USMNT fan should be asking is where will BB be spotted next?