Friday, May 16, 2014

USMNT 30-man preliminary roster

Earlier this week, Coach Klinsmann announced the 30-man preliminary roster that will need to be reduced down to 23 before the World Cup begins. I don't see a lot of surprises in the roster, though I'm not sure who will be left off when the roster gets reduced.  The one player that I think has a future with the team, but doesn't necessarily make this year's squad is Julian Green.  From what I have seen, some people disagree with my assessment, but I don't think he has been with the team long enough to have to become an indespensible component on this year's World Cup team.  At just 18, he has shown promise by playing for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and I think he may eventually be a key component, but not this year. 

While the pre-World Cup camp is going on, there is also a new ESPN Series called ‘Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil,' which will detail the National Team as it prepares for the World Cup.

I watched the first episode on Tuesday and I was surprised by how many of your American National Team players had to be subtitled because they speak another language.  Ain't dual citizenship grand?

The rest of the series airs on the following dates.  I haven't looked yet, but if you can find the first episode somewhere on line or in a replay, I would recommend watching it too.

May 13, Tuesday, 7-8 p.m.: Series premiere
May 21, Wednesday, 7-7:30 p.m.: Episode 2
May 29, Thursday, 7:30-8 p.m.: Episode 3
June 3, Tuesday, 7:30-8 p.m.: Episode 4
June 10, Tuesday, 8:30-9:30 p.m.: Episode 5
June 11, Wednesday, 9:30-10 p.m.: LIVE series finale – Epilogue

Can't wait for the World Cup to start in a couple of weeks.

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