Monday, July 10, 2006
The long wait until World Cup 2010 has already begun for Red, White & Blue supporters, but YA has no intention of waiting to handicap the field for the South Africa sweepstakes.

With coach (fill in the blanks)'s roster deadline only 45 months away, we felt it best to start rating everyone's roster chances as soon as possible. Of course, we will continue to update our airplane manifest as the tournament approaches.

We begin the new four-year cycle with our staff predicting 11 holdovers from this summer's squad, including two-time participants DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan.

At the other end of the spectrum, only four as-of-yet uncapped players got the inaugural nod: Kenny Cooper, Jay DeMerit, Benny Feilhaber and Marvell Wynne.

Just to clarify: since this is officially our first 23 Tickets for World Cup 2010, we will use the "MOVING UP" category in this edition to spotlight some of the guys that finished just outside the team in our balloting.

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