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Sunday, March 1, 2009
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No doubt that Timmy's coming
Let's face it, after beating Mexico with yet another 2-0 score, the chances of the United States failing to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa are virtually zero.

Though Bob Bradley would publicly disagree with that statement and tell you that "It's going to be a tough battle along the way," he couldn't yet tell you who he's going to bring with him in the summer of 2010.That's where YA steps in.

We have finally kicked Eddie Johnson off the roster, joining injury victim Marcus Hahnemann on the sidelines. Next to drop out could be Freddy Adu who only hangs on thanks to his reputation.

Making positive moves are Bobby Convey and Jose Francisco Torres, who both could be seeing more time in the midfield. Jonathan Spector also rejoins the 23 travelers after having made his way back into the West Ham lineup.

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.

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
Carlos Bocanegra - D, Rangers (Scotland) on loan from Racing Santander (Spain)
Carlos has bounced back at Rennes. (CW) I still cannot figure out why Fulham let him go! (MA)
Landon Donovan - M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Will he be an international star by 2010 or the same old LD? (BL) Even if he doesn't move to Europe permanently, South Africa is on his radar. (KB)
Tim Howard - GK, Everton (England)
Such a sure thing, he should probably pack his bags for Brazil 2014, too. (DS) The first name on the team sheet. (AV)
Oguchi Onyewu - D, Sheffield Wednesday (England)
Struggled against Mexico but he's still a dominate force. (RF) Let's hope a summer move isn't to some big team's bench. (BL)
Michael Bradley - M, Roma (Italy)
The Boy Wonder will strike again. (AV) The move to Gladbach still puzzles me. Let's hope the 2. Bundesliga doesn't await. (CW)
Clint Dempsey - M/F, Fulham (England)
He is one of the reasons why Fulham is not hovering around the relegation zone. (KB) Has Bob noticed that he often plays on the left at Fulham? That's in the EPL. (BL)

NEARLY A LOCK
Steve Cherundolo - D, Hannover 96 (Germany)
A six-week injury break still hasn't hurt his chances. (DS) Stay healthy, Steve, and you'll get to go on the big airplane! (MA)
DaMarcus Beasley - M/F, Puebla (Mexico)
Too bad Rangers aren't as intent as Bob on getting use out of DaMarcus. (BL) Does Beas have incriminating photos of the coaching staff? I don't get it. (CW)

FAIRLY SAFE BET
Brad Guzan - GK, Aston Villa (England)
When pressed in to action for Aston Villa he's been impressive. (RF) Well...somebody has to back up T-Ho... (MA)
Jozy Altidore - F, Sunderland (England)
Yeah, that loan's working out well. (CW) Someone explain how he's good enough to play at Villarreal but not Xerez. (BL)
Heath Pearce - D/M, CD Chivas (USA)
Better find something new in the summer. (DS) He's shown flashes in games, now he just has to put it all together. (RF)
Sacha Kljestan - M, Anderlecht (Belgium)
The team needs all the help in the center of midfield as possible. (KB) Was awful versus Mexico. Another game like that and his ticket could be in danger. (CW)
Danny Califf - D, Philadelphia Union (USA)
The tattooed one is a solid defender. (MA) A move to Scandinavia appears to have paid off. (RF)

IN A BATTLE
Jose Francisco Torres - M, Tigres UANL (Mexico)
If Beasley can't find playing time at Rangers then coach Bradley should be looking at this guy more. (KB) His versatility and upside make him a serious contender for a utility midfield spot. (BL)
Charlie Davies - F, Randers FC (Denmark)
A huge upgrade over the ineffective Eddie Johnson. If he can get some games in qualifiying, he'll show why he was among the highest scorers in Sweden. (CW)
Frankie Hejduk - D, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Say what you want, but this oldie is still a goodie. (RF) He and Cobi Jones should get an honorary tickets anyway, just to annoy Mexico. (BL)
Marvell Wynne - D, Toronto FC (Canada)
Riding high expectations, but needs a big season in Toronto to solidify his standing. (DS) I still think this guy could fly by 'Dolo if he is consistent this coming MLS season. (KB)

WORK TO DO
Freddy Adu - M/F, Philadelphia Union (USA)
You say Adu, I say Edu...Let's call the whole thing off! (MA) A good free kick in a friendly is not enough. (AV)
Jonathan Spector - D, Birmingham City (England)
Health is finally there, now just get back on the field. (RF) Probably the most versatile of the US defenders, but needs to be playing. (KB)
Maurice Edu - M, Stoke City (England)
Hmm...Edu sounds like Adu and gets about as much playing time these days. (DS) Will get his chance this summer in the US. (BL)
Bobby Convey - M, San Jose Earthquakes (USA)
You should've waited until the summer to move, Bobby. (CW) Now that he'll actually play games, he'll go. (MA)
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Will have a big role in getting the US to South Africa. (BL) Nobody else will step up. (RF)
Troy Perkins - GK, DC United (USA)
Someone has to be the third goalkeeper. (KB) Will get UEFA Cup action next year. Has to count for something. (CW)
MOVING UP

Benny Feilhaber - First step in your return: stay healthy. Second, perform in Denmark. (CW)

Stuart Holden - Teaming up with Sacha could be just what the US attack needs. (RF)

Luis Robles - Has become a beast at Kaiserslautern. (DS) What is more important, the club, or minutes played? (AV)

Kasey Keller - Don't be surprised if his play in Seattle beings him back into the mix. (MA) Veteran leadership. (BL)

MOVING DOWN

Marcus Hahnemann - Was having a great year before getting hurt. There's still time, though. (MA)

Eddie Johnson - It's over. (CW)

Chad Marshall - Hopefully his decision to stay in MLS won't hurt his chances. (DS)

Kenny Cooper - Poor camp performance found him not in the Mexico roster. (RF)

OTHER BUBBLE BATTLERS

Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Bornstein, Conor Casey, Ricardo Clark, Jay DeMerit, Cory Gibbs, Will Hesmer, Jemal Johnson, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni, Michael Orozco, Michael Parkhurst, Robbie Rogers, Frank Simek, Danny Szetela, Sal Zizzo

note: note: Yanks Abroad's Michael Adubato, Kenya Brown, Rich Fidler, Brent Latham, David Smith, Andrew Vorce and Chad Winger compiled this feature.
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