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Thursday, March 30, 2006
Less than seven weeks remain until Bruce Arena must register his 23-man squad for World Cup, and the flight list is firming up.

By YA's count, 15 players are locks to make the team, with another five all but assured of a plane seat.

John O'Brien's agent making a declaration of fitness was great news, but the staff here isn't getting too excited...yet.

Charlton youngster Jonathan Spector falls out of the side, replaced by a debutant. Kansas City traffic director Kerry Zavagnin makes a big climb after narrowly missing out for several months.

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PACK YOUR BAGS, BOYS
Kasey Keller - GK, Seattle Sounders (USA)
Don't worry, there'll be better guys in front of you in June. (SOC)
Landon Donovan - M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
After Convey's Dortmund show, I'm kinda wondering if Donovan shouldn't return to the right. (GS)
DaMarcus Beasley - M/F, Puebla (Mexico)
Have you been practicing your crosses from the right? (HK) Suddenly, signs of life emitting from Eindhoven. Don't worry about Da Bease. (GS)
Brian McBride - F, Chicago Fire (USA)
I'm worried about a nagging injury that Coleman is forcing him to play through. (AG) Get those shoulders massaged, a lot rests on them. (SOC)
Steve Cherundolo - D, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Can we clone a left-footed version for the other side? (RF) Playing in Germany provides a lot of motivation AND he can score! (MA)
Oguchi Onyewu - D, Sheffield Wednesday (England)
It isn't often that someone strengthens his hold on a starting spot without playing, but that's what happened. (NT) Goochi is ready to make his presence known in Germany. (RF)
Eddie Lewis - M, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Only question is if he can handle the defensive responsibilities against top-tier teams. (BMH) Eddie is looking in his rear-view mirror and all he can see is a blur gaining on him. That blur looks a lot like Cory Gibbs. (NT)
Bobby Convey - M, San Jose Earthquakes (USA)
From Webster.com: convey to bear [the ball] from one place to another; especially: to move [the ball] in a continuous stream. (HK) My advice to Reading? Get ready for the phone calls. (GS)
Claudio Reyna - M, New York Red Bulls (USA)
At least he'll be rested come June. (BMH) Where is the Cap'n going to play? (CW)
Marcus Hahnemann - GK, Everton (England)
Can anyone think of a good reason why he didn't get some PT against Germany? (NT) Welcome to the Premiership, Marcus. (CW)
Clint Dempsey - M/F, Fulham (England)
Scores, raps and kicks ass! (MF) Missed a huge opportunity in Dortmund. (RF)
Pablo Mastroeni - M, Colorado Rapids (USA)
Looked very nimble on the ball against Germany. Rapids fans might be well advised to say their goodbyes in April. (GS) Why is this guy still in MLS??? Will start every game. (MF)
Cory Gibbs - D, Chicago Fire (USA)
Even without match fitness, the best US defender in Dortmund. (MA) Asamoah on Wednesday; Kuijt and van Hooijdonk on Sunday! (HK)
Tim Howard - GK, Everton (England)
Make us all happy and find a new club. (SOC) I can't really fault the guy for sticking it out at Manchester United. How about an Everton loan, Sir Alex? (GS)
Eddie Johnson - F, Aris (Greece) on loan from Fulham (England)
I'm still unimpressed, but my opinion doesn't count. (CW) Should have followed his header instead of celebrating. (BMH)

NEARLY A LOCK
Carlos Bocanegra - D, Rangers (Scotland) on loan from Racing Santander (Spain)
Slowly becoming the forgotten man with both Fulham and the USMNT. He'll still go as cover. (CW) It helps that he can slide left. (BMH)
Frankie Hejduk - D, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
He'll be there, but will we need him for more than motivation? (MF) All hustle, all the time. (BMH)
Eddie Pope - D, Real Salt Lake (USA)
Needs to prove he's healthy and make it through the early part of the MLS season unscathed. (NT) Wouldn't be the same without you, man. (MA)
Gregg Berhalter - D, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
I wish he played in a more competitive league. (MA) Fall guy in Dortmund, but should be okay as the last defender. (HK)
Taylor Twellman - F, New England Revolution (USA)
No one else is making a strong case to replace him as the fourth striker/back-up target man. (NT) Get amongst the MLS goal leaders again and you're going. (SOC)

FAIRLY SAFE BET
Josh Wolff - F, Sporting Kansas City (USA)
Too bad he can't play Mexico every game. (CW) Exhibit A on why face kicking is illegal - smart and experienced. (MF)
John O'Brien - D/M, CD Chivas (USA)
The real question is will he get enough games in before the World Cup to make the squad? (AG) Let's hope he doesn't get hacked down in MLS. (BMH)
Kerry Zavagnin - M, Sporting Kansas City (USA)
Germany starter, showed well games. (MF) Bruce likes anchormen like Kerry. (SOC)
MOVING UP

Ben Olsen - Mr. midfield mobility might just make it. (SOC) Still in the mix but seems to be there because we need numbers more than because he has a realistic shot of making the last 23. (NT)

Conor Casey - More goals in the Bundesliga might make it hard to leave him home. (HK)

Pat Noonan - Injury came at a very bad time. Friendly could have been a stage. (RF) Never count out a St. Louis soccer boy. Things can happen in six weeks. (GS)

MOVING DOWN

Jonathan Spector - Time is running out for the youngster to impress enough to make the roster. (HK) Versitile, but is he the odd man out? (RF)

Jimmy Conrad - At least he'll have a column during World Cup. (BMH) It seemed like Berhalter's early yips infected Conrad, to his obvious demerit. I wouldn't want to play him in MLS this season. (GS)

Chris Klein - The American Garrincha on the right? Er no. (SOC)

Heath Pearce - Gibbs at LB makes him expendable. (MF) Remember the name, folks. This young man has 2010 starting left back written all over him. (GS)

Todd Dunivant - Injury and Gibbs showing ability to play the left hurts his cause. (RF)

Brian Ching - He is a nice MLS player, no more... not that there's anything wrong with that. (GS)

note: YA's Michael Adubato, Rich Fidler, Mark Flannery, Aaron Gidding, Bri-Mathias Hodge, Harris King, Sean O'Conor, Greg Seltzer, Neal Thurman and Chad Winger compiled this feature
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