Tuesday, May 16, 2006

now that i have the time....23 DAYS! 23 DAYS!

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can't you feel the excitrement, people? i know that i haven't inflicted the recent build-up on you as much as i should have been, but with the end of term and papers and what have you, i've been too busy to attend to your world-cup needs.

but no more!

first, let me give you the team members. the squad is 23 altogether, with the starters ...more »yet to be determined bold plays overseas, italics plays domestically):

goalkeepers: kasey keller* (borussia moenchengladbach, germany [obviously, but it's a great name]), tim howard (manchester united, england), marcus hahnemann (reading, england).

defenders: carlos bocanegra (fulham, england), steve cherundolo* (hannover 96, germany), jimmy conrad (kansas city wizards), cory gibbs (ado den haag, holland), chris albright (l.a. galaxy), eddie lewis* **(leeds united, england), oguchi onyewu (standard liege, belgium), eddie pope* ***(real salt lake).

midfielders: damarcus beasley* (psv eindhoven, holland), bobby convey (reading, england), clint dempsey (new england revolution), landon donovan* (l.a. galaxy), pablo mastroeni* ****(colorado rapids), john o'brien* (chivas usa), ben olsen (dc united), claudio reyna* (manchester city, england).
forwards: eddie johnson* (kansas city wizards), brian mcbride* (fulham, england), brian ching (houston dynamo), josh wolff* (kansas city wizards)
note that it's almost evenly balaced between international and domestic team players, and that's it's the exact same ratio as it was in 2002. a good omen? we'll take anything we can get, because our ability to get to the quarterfinals this time may depend upon the italian team's playing like shite due to the upset and turmoil in the country's football system. we'll just have to pray that they are sensitive souls.

*returning players from world cup 2002
**midfielder for world cup 2002
***midfielder for world cup 2002
****defender for world cup 2002

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