As Bob Bradley convenes the B-Team for a friendly against El Salvador later this month, most of the U.S. Soccer A-Team is out injured. Check the list:
Oguchi Onyewu (starting center back), Charlie Davies (starting forward), Clint Dempsey (starting midfielder/forward), Steve Cherundolo (starting right back), Jermaine Jones (possible starting midfielder), Ricardo Clark (A-teamer and possible starting midfielder), Maurice Edu (A-teamer midfielder), DaMarcus Beasley (possible World Cup midfielder). That’s anywhere from half to two-thirds your starting field players out injured! The good news is, with the exceptions of Davies and Jones, the rest of the guys will be back in action well before World Cup Training Camp. As veteran Soccer blogger du Nord put it: this could actually be a good thing because the guys will be more rested and less worn down by the long, long Euro season.
Some more good news as Landon Donovan put in a man-of-the-match performance for Everton against Chelsea (who’ve looked like the dominant team in the EPL lately). Just keep playing like that for another month, then come on home and stay healthy for the summer, Lando.
Freddy Adu actually started a game this week! Jozy Altidore scored and has looked dangerous for Hull. Eddie Johnson has scored in Greece, and Stuart Holden is close to debuting for Bolton in the EPL. Glass half-full!
And of course, if the injury bug should somehow hit our current starting goalkeeper, Tim Howard, all Bob has to do is call the bald behemoth: at 38 Brad Friedel has set the ironman record for consecutive starts in England and remains one of the most dominant keepers in the league.