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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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Freddy is on the plane
A little more than three months has passed since our last installment, and in that time we have seen the US outclassed by Brazil and outmanned by Sweden before earning a consolation win against a weakened Swiss team in dire conditions.

The YA staff has seen improvement by this summer's Under-20 crop, while some of the veterans took a beating, namely Landon Donovan and Oguchi Onyewu.

While we won't go Hope Solo on Bradley, we have to wonder what exactly the US boss is thinking by not calling up Josmer Altidore. Other questions, namely Taylor Twellman and Cory Gibbs (for now) have likely been answered.

Again, for this feature, we at YA are prognosticating who we think that the US head coach will call up to his final roster, not who we think should go. That would be a totally different list...

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
DaMarcus Beasley - M/F, Puebla (Mexico)
Enjoying a good stretch with 'Gers, only question is if he'll still be in Scotland in three years? (BMH) Continues to prove he's unbreakable. (RF)
Carlos Bocanegra - D, Rangers (Scotland) on loan from Racing Santander (Spain)
Mr. Reliable has possibly already locked up one center back spot. (KB) Well deserving of Bob Bradley's armband. (CW)
Clint Dempsey - M/F, Fulham (England)
Blossoming at Fulham; can translate that to the Nats. (MA) Can he and Donovan play at the same time without one suffering? (BMH)
Tim Howard - GK, Everton (England)
Timmy just has to avoid being hit by a bus to start between the pipes in South Africa. (BMH)
Michael Bradley - M, Roma (Italy)
Tearing it up with Heerenveen. (EZ) If there are any more questions of nepotism, you're not paying attention. (CW)
Steve Cherundolo - D, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Playing well in steadily improving Bundesliga.(GM) A calming presence on the US backline. (JY)

NEARLY A LOCK
Marcus Hahnemann - GK, Everton (England)
Experienced, consistent, and bald. Sound familiar? (GM) Could step in for Howard anytime. (JY)
Bobby Convey - M, San Jose Earthquakes (USA)
Hopefully the injuries will be behind him soon. (KB) If Reading go down, Bobby will need to move to keep his place. (CW)
Landon Donovan - M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Doubts are starting to creep up. Though he is still the face of the USMNT, he needs to prove it against more than pathetic CONCACAF national teams. (JY)
Benny Feilhaber - M, New England Revolution (USA)
Experience in the Premier League will be valuable once he starts playing for Derby. (BMH)
Oguchi Onyewu - D, Sheffield Wednesday (England)
He's hit a rut, but... (RF) ...it is his spot to lose. (JY) Needs to work on his positioning and reading the game. (CW)

FAIRLY SAFE BET
Jay DeMerit - D, Watford (England)
Stock rises as Onyewu's falls. (GM) Might benefit from the increased competitive nature of the Championship but... (EZ) getting Watford back in the Premiership will only help his case. (BMH)
Jonathan Spector - D, Birmingham City (England)
Versatility makes this youngster a prime candidate. (RF) Needs to play more to show his stuff. What's going on at West Ham? (MA)
Freddy Adu - M/F, Philadelphia Union (USA)
If not now, then when? (GM) Now's when the real test starts. (BMH) Already through one manager at Benfica. Will he get playing time under Camacho? (KB)

IN A BATTLE
Jozy Altidore - F, Sunderland (England)
Hey, Bob? Bob? It's time now. (RF) Davy Arnaud? Seriously? I must be missing something... (CW)
Heath Pearce - D/M, CD Chivas (USA)
Battle-tested against Brazil, and came out looking good. (RF) Has to stay composed. (GM)
Eddie Johnson - F, Aris (Greece) on loan from Fulham (England)
Only by process of elimination. (GM) Eddie's yearly disappearing act is wearing thin. If any of our youngsters step up, he will fall down the pecking order. (CW)

WORK TO DO
Kasey Keller - GK, Seattle Sounders (USA)
Ageless Keller has slowed a bit, but still very reliable. (EZ) Why did this guy fall of the radar anyway? (MA)
Jonathan Bornstein - D/M, Atlante (Mexico)
As long as Bob is the coach, he's going to continue. (RF) Seems overwhelmed at times. (EZ) Needs to improve his defensive work. (BMH)
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Which will win: his veteran leadership or his age? (BMH) Could be the defensive leader from the bench. (RF)
Ricardo Clark - M, Stabęk (Norway)
He's got nothing else to prove in MLS. It's time for him to head to Europe to up his game. (KB) After what he did to Carlos Ruiz, should he be considered? Anyone who loses his control that badly has no place on USMNT. (CW)
Frank Simek - D, Carlisle United (England)
Wednesday likes what he can do, but he needs to show Bradley more of what he is capable of. (JY)
Josh Wolff - F, Sporting Kansas City (USA)
Like Johnson, a beneficiary of a thin, thin, striker pool. (CW) May be better suited as a late midfield sub for Donovan than a forward. (MA)
MOVING UP

Danny Szetela - In his few minutes against Switzerland, he showed he belongs. (MA)

Sal Zizzo - Hopefully he can learn consistency from Cherundolo at Hannover. (BMH) A good showing in Olympic qualifying is the next step. (RF)

Michael Parkhurst - Reads the game phenomenally well. (RF) Anyone who turns down another country in favor of the US is good enough for me. (CW)

Maurice Edu - The announcers are gonna have fun with him and Freddy on the same field. (MA) We're going to have a nice problem in central midfield. (CW)

MOVING DOWN

Charlie Davies - Has not had a good season in Sweden. Being left off the roster for Switzerland should be a wake up call. (MA)

Cory Gibbs - Needs to put together a solid stretch of health to prove he doesn't have John O'Brien Syndrome. (BMH)

Taylor Twellman - In retrospect, Bruce Arena was right on New England's MLS-only striker. (CW)

OTHER BUBBLE BATTLERS

Adin Brown, Kyle Beckerman, Bobby Boswell, Jose Burciaga Jr., Danny Califf, Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper, Eddie Gaven, Brad Guzan, Tally Hall, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, Dax McCarty, Steve Purdy, Chris Seitz, Johann Smith, Quentin Westberg, Jeremiah White

note: Yanks Abroad's Michael Adubato, Kenya Brown, Rich Fidler, Bri-Mathias Hodge, George Murphy, Chad Winger, Jeff York and Edgar Zuniga compiled this feature.
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