23 TICKETS TO SOUTH AFRICA
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
It's been five months and three international tournaments since our last edition, more than ample time to reorganize the YA Travel Office and prepare our 23 Tickets.

Several changes have taken place - both in our passenger list and our staff. Three YA newbies have added their input, and among the decisions reached, was Kasey Keller jumping back on the plane in place of Adin Brown.

Other movers include three members of the U20 team that showed well in Canada, while the abysmal performance at Copa America took its toll on the final list.

For those who are new to the feature - or, let's face it, it's been five months, you may have forgotten - we are prognosticating who we think that the US head coach will call up to his final roster - not who we think should go.

As always, feel free to http://www.yanks-abroad.com/content.php?mode=contact&action=show§ion=generaldrop us a line[endlink] if you agree, disagree or somewhere in between.

PACK YOUR BAGS, BOYS
Clint Dempsey - M/F, Fulham (England)
After a mediocre Gold Cup, if he falls victim to New Head Coach Syndrome, he'll be moving down. (CW) When he's on...he's very on. (AR)
Landon Donovan - M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Maybe the US' poster boy can learn a thing or two from England's in Los Angeles. (CT) I just wish he'd head back to Europe because he is stagnating in MLS. (MA)
Tim Howard - GK, Everton (England)
He will be the number one keeper, period. (PS) I still need a sedative to watch him play, but he has improved. (CW)
DaMarcus Beasley - M/F, Puebla (Mexico)
Out of Eindhoven and now at Rangers, hopefully, things can only get better for DMB. (KB) When he plays well, he is effective. Great speed and has improved his right foot immensely. (PS)
Oguchi Onyewu - D, Sheffield Wednesday (England)
When you've got a center back his size, do you leave him at home? (KB) Remember, Gooch, a year of playing at Liege is better than sitting on the bench at a "big" club. (RF)

NEARLY A LOCK
Carlos Bocanegra - D, Rangers (Scotland) on loan from Racing Santander (Spain)
Could it be that he's asserted himself as the #1 central defender? (RF) Boca is the man to partner Onyewu. (MA)
Steve Cherundolo - D, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Took the summer off, but will be ready for the summer of 2010. (MA) One of our best showings at the 2006 World Cup. (PS)
Freddy Adu - M/F, Philadelphia Union (USA)
If he keeps missing goals like he did against Austria, does it really matter how many back-heels he does a match? Still, Freddy is our future, it's just up to him to mature. (PS)
Michael Bradley - M, Roma (Italy)
Good, but really racks up the cards. Reminds me of a young Paul Scholes. (AR) Another one whose playing time will continue to increase - as will his skills. (RF)
Bobby Convey - M, San Jose Earthquakes (USA)
If he can overcome the knee injury and play solidly for Reading, he will be there. (KB) The upcoming season will be a big test for Bobby's career. (CW)
Benny Feilhaber - M, New England Revolution (USA)
Becoming a buzzword in US soccer circles. (CT) Is slowly turning into a more offense-minded Claudio Reyna. (CW) After a fantastic Gold Cup, the kid was run down by the end of Copa America. (RF)

FAIRLY SAFE BET
Jay DeMerit - D, Watford (England)
Bradley owes him a spot in South Africa for naming him to that "team" in the Copa America! (MA) Hard work pays off, he'll just keep getting better. (AR)
Jonathan Spector - D, Birmingham City (England)
Versatility makes him a very attractive pick. (CT) All the assets needed anywhere along the back line. (RF) It's hard to believe he just turned 21. Seems like he's been around forever. (CW)
Marcus Hahnemann - GK, Everton (England)
Injury kept him out of the summer tournaments, but he's my #1 (MA) Needs to improve on set pieces, but he is a great option to Timmy. (PS)
Heath Pearce - D/M, CD Chivas (USA)
Move to Germany is a healthy one. His conservative soccer mind makes him a good fit with Bradley. (CT) Will improve in the Bundesliga. (AR)

IN A BATTLE
Eddie Johnson - F, Aris (Greece) on loan from Fulham (England)
Dangerous in MLS, but it hasn't translated to the international game in many, many months. (RF) If he can start scoring again in open play, he can find himself on the plane. (KB)
Jozy Altidore - F, Sunderland (England)
Displayed immense promise and a knack for the back of the net in Canada. Bradley would be well-served to give the kid a long look next summer. (CT)
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Battling with Bocanegra and DeMerit for the second spot. (KB) He's a good fourth option. For now. (CW)
Kasey Keller - GK, Seattle Sounders (USA)
If Peter Shilton and Dino Zoff could play in a World Cup at 40 years of age, then why can't Keller? (KB) Let's not forget the man can still play. (CT)

WORK TO DO
Cory Gibbs - D, Chicago Fire (USA)
Another guy with a make or break season. (CT) If he can get some games, Bradley has no choice but to consider him. (KB) Hopefully this story doesn't end like O'Brien's. (CW)
Ricardo Clark - M, Stabęk (Norway)
One of the only good Copa America performances... (AR) ...and a great MLS campaign thus far shows this "kid" is getting closer. (RF)
Jonathan Bornstein - D/M, Atlante (Mexico)
He'll have his chance, but I still am not sold. (RF) Needs more experience, but could get better. (AR) Has played some key roles in big matches. (PS)
Taylor Twellman - F, New England Revolution (USA)
I'm sorry, my fellow Maryland alum, but at the international level you have to start putting away those chances. If you can't, there is no way you'll be going to South Africa. (KB) Down but not entirely out. (CT)
MOVING UP

Danny Califf - Though he's now captaining his club, locking down a central defending role will be tough. (MA)

Charlie Davies - Getting a callup to Venezuela is a good sign for this young striker. (RF)

Frankie Simek - This is the Frankie that we should be discussing for right back, bless Hejduk's heart (CW)

Danny Szetela - Like Adu, he played solidly in Canada. With the European suitors knocking at his door again, he could be a surprise choice. (KB)

Preston Zimmerman - The right club and in a position we desparately need. If Hamburg thinks highly of him, the US should as well.

MOVING DOWN

Adin Brown - The Norwegian league's best keeper. Doesn't US Soccer scout Norway? (MA)

Brian Ching - A bit hot and cold, but we'll see... (AR)

Kenny Cooper - How he comes back from the broken leg will say a lot. (RF)

Justin Mapp - Inconsistency is a killer at this level. Unfortunately, Justin has mastered it throughout his career. (CW)

OTHER BUBBLE BATTLERS

Kyle Beckerman, Bobby Boswell, Jose Burciaga Jr., Gabriel Ferrari, Eddie Gaven, Brad Guzan, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, Dax McCarty, Chris Seitz, Johann Smith, Quentin Westberg, Jeremiah White, Josh Wolff, Sal Zizzo

note: Yanks Abroad's Michael Adubato, Kenya Brown, Rich Fidler, Anne Ramzy, Paolo Sarno, Christopher Trenchard and Chad Winger compiled this feature.
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