Some links before the weekend.
The USMNT 30-man provisional roster is coming out on Monday afternoon. In case you are not tired of reading roster predictions, I was able to get Howie, Jon, Will and myself to make our guesses at the final 23-man roster, so go check that out. Based on the comments over the last two weeks, I am sure there will be people who disagree with us, but we all pretty much agreed on a core 15-18 guys.
This is a pretty good bookmark-worthy link, but SI is keeping track of all the World Cup rosters as they get announced.
I did not get to watch Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports piece on the USMNT, but I heard it was alright. ESPN’s Dougie Mac (a.k.a. Doug McIntyre) was able to spot a potential USMNT friendly against Belgium on June 12 while down in Brazil on Jurgen Klinsmann’s whiteboard during the piece (screenshot).
This is also a reminder that ESPN’s Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil starts up next Tuesday. Here is the full schedule for the six episodes as they are all on different nights, while here is a short trailer. As I have said before, Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett are the producers so you know this is in good hands.
The USMNT fell one spot to #14 in the latest FIFA world rankings. Not a lot of moves in this month’s rankings.
In case you missed it yesterday, Omar Gonzalez is going to be out a week or two with his knee injury, while Clarence Goodson picked up a shin contusion and is questionable for this weekend’s game. Doesn’t look like either will hurt their World Cup chances.
Two other players who could be arriving late to camp are Aron Johannsson and Timothy Chandler. Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar could still have Eredivisie Europa League playoffs to deal with. They are up 3-0 after the first leg of the semifinals with the second leg this weekend. If they advance to the final, that would overlap with the beginning of camp. As for Chandler, Nurnberg could have the Bundesliga relegation playoffs to deal with if they can finish above Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig this weekend.
Here is part two of Arch Rivals/ASN’s video series on Maurice Edu’s quest to make the World Cup roster.
Sacha Kljestan hasn’t played much in Anderlecht’s last third of the season and now a report out of Belgium has him not happy and that he wants to return to the US. It even throws out the LA Galaxy’s name, but I don’t see that happening since they already have three designated players.
Continuing with the same theme, a report out of Mexico claims that DaMarcus Beasley wants to leave Puebla for a return to MLS.
It looks like Oguchi Onyewu is one of the few players that is newly out of contract at Sheffield Wednesday that the club wants to re-sign.
The English FA chairman Greg Dyke wants to make it tougher for non-EU players to play in England. This obviously would hurt Americans if something like this were to come true.
Hey Seattle people, the documentary on Bob Bradley, We Must Go, is making its premiere in your fine city on May 26. Go buy tickets here.
And finally, 8-bit Landon Donovan says “Deal With It”.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.