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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
The October edition displays a growing concern over injured players; Steve Cherundolo, Cory Gibbs and Eddie Johnson have lost in status due to lower body setbacks.

Meanwhile, Chris Armas, Chris Albright and Taylor Twellman make their first appearance in our side, and Reading ace Bobby Convey moves up for the second straight month.

Kansas City teammates Jimmy Conrad and Josh Wolff drop out of the team, but Eddie Pope remains in - but only by edging out 23rd place from Steve Ralston.

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PACK YOUR BAGS, BOYS
Kasey Keller - GK, Seattle Sounders (USA)
Anyone else get the feeling that his club form revival is mere prelude? (GS) What a year! - will reclaim his rightful position of starting keeper. (MF)
Landon Donovan - M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Landon. US National Team. In Germany... gentleman, start your revenge fantasies. (GS)
DaMarcus Beasley - M/F, Puebla (Mexico)
When you hear Euro sport commentators talking about the American team, this is the guy that gets the most respect. (PK)
Eddie Lewis - M, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Arena's somewhat surprising Eddie Lewis left back experiment suggests strongly that Bruce is committed to finding a way to get Eddie into the starting 11. (JM)
Claudio Reyna - M, New York Red Bulls (USA)
Not sure everyone knows about Claudio being rated the best player in the English premiership after 4 games. (PK) Captain America is quite possibly playing his best club football since the Rangers days. (GS)
Brian McBride - F, Chicago Fire (USA)
He may be old in soccer years, but he doesn't play like it. (MF) Scary thought: Our best striker will be 34 come World Cup time. (CW)
Oguchi Onyewu - D, Charlton Athletic (England)
Rumble, young man, rumble! The USMNT has a new heavyweight champ. (GS) His performance against Borgetti in September solidified his place in this team. (PK)

NEARLY A LOCK
Steve Cherundolo - D, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Arena's recent proclamation that injured players may not go to Germany throws just the tiniest bit of risk in for Steve's place, but he goes if healthy. (PK)
John O'Brien - D/M, ()
Arena has lately stated that O'Brien and Claudio Reyna are the only two players he would name to his roster if they were carrying an injury. (NT)
Gregg Berhalter - D, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Even if he wasn't playing so well, Berhalter instantly becomes more prominent with Pope's quick decline. (GS) I see him starting at this point. There is a changing of the defensive guard underway and he's most fit to hold the fort. (JM)
Pablo Mastroeni - M, Colorado Rapids (USA)
The U.S.S. Colorado is our best destroyer. (CW) Not sure exactly what would keep him off the team, or why he's not in Europe, but Mastro is our best defensive midfielder. (MF)
Marcus Hahnemann - GK, Everton (England)
Best US keeper not named Kasey or Brad. By June, should be in the Premiership. (CW) The keeper trio seems to be pretty well set. (NT)
Carlos Bocanegra - D, Rangers (Scotland) on loan from Racing Santander (Spain)
Simply plays at a higher level for the national team - he's a starter. (MF) Needs to step it up before a hotshot young defender starts making an argument. (GS)
Bobby Convey - M, San Jose Earthquakes (USA)
Along with Frankie, no one works harder than BC, and nothing gets you into BA's good graces faster. (MF) Already an Arena favorite, continued excellent form for Reading will move him into lock position very soon. (NT)

FAIRLY SAFE BET
Cory Gibbs - D, Chicago Fire (USA)
Knee troubles drop Cory. (CW) Despite this season's injury struggles, he still figures to be one of three in a central defense rotation. (GS)
Tim Howard - GK, Everton (England)
Wanted: one Edwin van der Sar voodoo doll. Mail to T.H., Old Trafford, Manchester. (GS) Arena's recent anointing of Howard as the Yank keeper of the future seals the deal for Timmy's trip to Germany. (JM)
Eddie Johnson - F, Aris (Greece) on loan from Fulham (England)
There aren't any extremely compelling contenders for his spot, but you have to start wondering... (NT) Hat tricks in routs do not a superstar make, especially when you've got a nagging injury. (MF)
Frankie Hejduk - D, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Versatility and tenacity never hurt in a Bruce Arena audition. (GS) If he doesn't go, no one will be able to say 'You know, Frankie is a surfer...' and that would be unacceptable. (MF)

IN A BATTLE
Clint Dempsey - M/F, Fulham (England)
Clint sure could have improved his chances greatly by finishing at least one of the quality chances delivered him against Panama. (JM)
- F, () on loan from ()
Versatility and athleticism never hurt in a Bruce Arena audition. (GS) If Dolo stays hurt, Chris could move up. As is, he's holding on to my final spot. (CW)
Chris Armas - M, Chicago Fire (USA)
His game hasn't changed or lost too much since the day when Chris was a certain starter. Arena would seem to have both a high level of trust in Chris as well as a reservoir of good will toward him. (JM)
Taylor Twellman - F, New England Revolution (USA)
15 caps, none with the "A" team. And people wonder why he has just one goal? Put TT on the field with Reyna, JOB, DMB, LD, etc., and he'll score in bunches. (CW)
Eddie Pope - D, Real Salt Lake (USA)
Pope is the new Agoos. Arena loyalty overlooks two years of subpar play and keeps him in the picture. (CW) The MLS offseason could not have come at a better time. Eddie... fill thy tank for one last glory run. (GS)
MOVING UP THE LADDER

Santino Quaranta - I'm not sure there will be time for Quaranta to make up the ground but it might be in the best interest of the team if he did. (NT)

Herculez Gomez - If the clamor for a callup gets any louder, I'll need earplugs in Holland. (GS)

Justin Mapp - The whispers are starting to get louder that our Bradenton academy isn't producing the goods, Justin has a chance to put that talk to bed. (PK) If only he was as tricky on right wing. (GS)

Brian West - Hopefully healed from a nagging groin injury, Brian might well get another invite into camp from Arena. (JM)

Chad Marshall - He's got all the ingredients, but you get the feeling that he's being groomed for 2010. (NT)

Joe Cannon - He's stealing points again, and could get another look before its all said and done. (GS)

SLIPPING OUT OF FRAME

Steve Ralston - Unspectacular Steve seems to have the knack of combining well with certain starters like Donovan, O'Brien and Beasley. (JM) I still don't get what Arena sees in him. (CW)

Josh Wolff - He's down at the moment, but we haven't seen the last of him just yet. (GS)

Jonathan Spector - Every week that he doesn't play for Charlton weakens his case. Looks great for 2010. (NT)

Jimmy Conrad - Less than stellar MLS play highlights the consistency question mark. (GS)

Pat Noonan - MLS goals since June 26th: Danny Califf 2, Pat Noonan 0. (GS)

Greg Vanney – The Lewis and Albright experiments at left back are making Greg's chances appear to be fading. (JM)

Jeff Cunningham - Not much seemed to come from his recent call-up. Jeff's moment may have passed. (JM) Remember when everyone was calling for Jeff to get a chance? Apparently, you're the only one… (NT)

BUBBLE BATTLERS

Freddy Adu, Adin Brown, Conor Casey, Brian Ching, Ramiro Corrales, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Nick Garcia, Chris Klein, Richard Mulrooney, Ben Olsen, Heath Pearce, Peter Philipakos, Matt Reis, Kerry Zavagnin

note: YA's Greg Seltzer, Mark Flannery, Peter Kratzel, James McCarthy, Neal Thurman and Chad Winger compiled this feature
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