Bradley’s Babes: 23 for 2010 [February]

In this monthly segment, we attempt to answer the question, “Who should we take to South Africa?” Rather than taking the standard approach (doing our best to guess who Bob will take to South Africa), we focus on who we think Bradley should take.

Another month. Another friendly. Another less-than-stellar performance. The good news is this time around, unlike our game against Honduras, a few players stepped up to the occasion and made their cases for roster inclusion. Who saw their stock rise? Brian Ching and Heath Pearce were the obvious winners, and were rightly taken off the fringe and into the roster in this month’s edition. As bad as Sacha Kljestan was for most of the game, he had a strong finish. It was no surprise that this coincided with move to the left wing and a more attacking role (where he should be played) from central defensive mid (where Bradley likes to play him). No, he hasn’t done enough to be included in the roster, but considering our dearth of good wing options and Robbie Rogers’ drop in form, we’ve put him onto the fringe. Clarence Goodson also looked decent out there, which only solidifies his place on this roster.

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Bradley’s Babes: 23 for 2010 [January]

In this monthly segment, we attempt to answer the question, “Who should we take to South Africa?” Rather than taking the standard approach (doing our best to guess who Bob will take to South Africa), we focus on who we think Bradley should take.

This month’s edition of Bradley’s Babes is coming out a little late because we wanted to wait for the month’s lone friendly before we made our selections. Unfortunately, the Honduras game did little to clarify the situation and instead, only made the whole process muddier. Players who were moving closer and closer to the “lock” category–Chad Marshall and Jimmy Conrad, in particular–only hurt their causes. Meanwhile, Clint Dempsey’s injury scare made the forward situation look even bleaker for a while. Just to keep ourselves from suffering from a crippling bout of depression, we’ve made the decision to stop excluding our injured contingent–it’s looking more and more like they’ll all be recovering ahead of schedule (Jermaine Jones excluded), so it’s time to bring them back into the mix. Here it is–your January edition of Bradley’s Babes: (Read more…)

Bradley’s Babes: 23 for 2010 [December]

In this monthly segment, we attempt to answer the question, “Who should we take to South Africa?” Rather than taking the standard approach (doing our best to guess who Bob will take to South Africa), we focus on who we think Bradley should take.

Despite an empty international schedule and the termination of the MLS season since the last edition of Bradley’s Babes, there have been a number of developments–both positive and negative–on the National Team front. Jay DeMerit and Maurice Edu have finally recovered from their injuries. DeMerit has started to see action again and Edu is regaining his fitness with the reserves. Unfortunately, Jermaine Jones‘ hopes to make the World Cup roster are looking increasingly bleak with his never-ending string of set-backs. Stuart Holden has been offered a hefty contract by MLS–10x his previous salary, which I believe would be somewhere between 300-350k–but he is opting to weigh his options in Europe. Most recently, Blackburn is being thrown around as a possibility. It is great to see MLS offering competitive wages, but I’d still like to see Holden play top-flight European soccer if the opportunity presents itself. Although Landon Donovan is and always will be a lock for this roster, it’s worth noting that he will be playing for Everton until the start of the next MLS season. On the return-to-form front, Marcus Hahnemann is now starting for Wolves and posting clean sheets. And the best story of the past month, DaMarcus Beasley, is back to scoring goals, getting assists, and looking more and more like the player who used to impress at PSV. If he can keep it up, he’s got a great shot to hold down a spot in the World Cup roster.

Now that we’re all caught up on the news, let’s take a look at our current field of 23: Continue reading

Bradley’s Babes: 23 for 2010 [November]

BRADLEYS_BABESIn this monthly segment, we attempt to answer the question, “Who should we take to South Africa?” Rather than taking the standard approach (doing our best to guess who Bob will take to South Africa), we focus on who we think Bradley should take.

The US has just finished its two-game set of friendlies against Slovakia and Denmark, and, if nothing else, the experience shed a little light on who should and should not go to South Africa. We will continue to play worst-case scenario and assume Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu are injured or too out of form to participate in the World Cup. Again, we don’t believe this is the most likely case, but we believe it will make Bradley’s Babes a little more interesting since those two are locks. Continue reading

Bradley’s Babes: 23 for 2010

BRADLEYS_BABESNow that we have officially qualified for the World Cup, it is time for the first installment of Bradley’s Babes: 23 for 2010–our attempt to answer the question, “Who should we take along?”  But instead of taking the standard approach–doing our best to guess who Bob will take to South Africa–we decided to focus on who we would like him to take.

Before we get started, a couple of notes specifically pertaining to this list:  We are going to assume the worst-case scenario becomes reality–Oguchi Onyewu and Charlie Davies are out for the World Cup.  Of course we don’t want this to happen–we aren’t even suggesting it is the most likely outcome–but there are two reasons we decided to approach it this way: prepare for the worst, but hope for the best; and it’s just more interesting (everyone knows Davies and Onyewu are locks, if healthy and match fit).  It should also be noted that we are trying to take into account what will happen over the next year.  For example, Castillo and Jones might not be ready to go into action with the Yanks today, but by next summer, we think they will be.

Without further ado, here is Bradley’s Babes, edition one: Continue reading