Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Crunch time for the U.S. national team

The U.S. national team wraps up its World Cup training camp at Princeton today. Which players will make the final roster?

Crunch time for the U.S. national team


As I mentioned last night, I spent yesterday at the U.S. national team's World Cup training camp at Princeton University. It's getting close to decision time for Bob Bradley. The game against the Czech Republic will likely be the last chance for players on the bubble to make an impression before the roster is cut down from 30 players to 23.

Last Monday, I got to talk to Herculez Gomez, Stuart Holden and a bunch of other players. I wanted to talk yesterday with players I hadn't yet interviewed. So in the audio player below, you'll hear from Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya, Edson Buddle, Steve Cherundolo, Brian Ching and Tim Howard. There's also a new interview with Clint Dempsey, a recording of Bradley's post-training press conference, and video highlights of everything in the player at right.

Bedoya could be a really interesting test case for Bradley, and for U.S. fans. He came to camp as an unknown quantity for a lot of people, but from everything I've heard he's performed well.

For those of you who don't know Bedoya's backstory (and I raise my hand here, to be honest), here are the details. He was born in Englewood, N.J., and raised in Weston, Fla. Among the players he faced growing up was American-turned-Italian national team starlet Giuseppe Rossi.

More coverage

Bedoya's parents came to the U.S from Colombia. His father, Adriano, played collegiately at Fairleigh Dickinson, and that's where Alejandro went for two years. He then transferred to Boston College, and finished there in 2008.

Bedoya trained with the Olympic squad that year, but was not named to the roster for Beijing. He ended up going to Sweden, where he joined Örebro SK, and eventually got a starting position.

Soon after that, Bedoya drew the attention of the U.S. national team coaches, and he was called into camp for the U.S.' friendly against Honduras on January 23 of this year. He got his first cap in that game, and his second in the U.S.' friendly at the Netherlands on March 3. 

Now over to you: Which players do you think are on the bubble, and which of them do you think deserve to make the final roster?

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
The Goalkeeper is your home for the latest news about the Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer, the National Women's Soccer League, the U.S. men's and women's national teams, and the rest of the world's most popular sport. It's also a place for fans to gather and celebrate the culture of soccer and its unique place on the sports landscape.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
Lauren Green Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter