23 Man Roster

Beginning today, we have to be positive. Regardless of who is on the roster or not on the roster, we must find a way to be ready on June 12th in Rustenburg. So, here’s the USA roster for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Keepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard

Defenders: Calos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector.

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, Jose Francisco Torres.

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez

Overall, players representing clubs from 10 different countries will be heading to South Africa. A record 19 players on the roster play professionally for clubs outside the United States. The average number of caps earned is 34, compared to 44 in 2006. Likewise, the team is slightly younger than four years earlier, the average age slightly under 27 years old while in 2006 that number was closer to 28.5 years of age.

The U.S. squad carries a variety of World Cup experience into South Africa, as fifteen players have been named to their first World Cup roster. Meantime, six players have played in a World Cup game, with midfielder Landon Donovan leading the team with eight appearances – all as a starter – while DaMarcus Beasley has six World Cup caps to his credit. That duo and Steve Cherundolo are earning a place in their third World Cup.

Colonel Lalas poses to Unite the Boys

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World Cup Ads

As the World Cup approaches, so does the opportunity to advertise. The Super Bowl may have a lot of cool ads for the estimated 300 million viewers every year. But the World Cup Final alone will have over 1 billion viewers not to mention games almost every day for an entire month. The greatest retailers world wide will be coming up with the best commercials. Below are some of the TV ads I’ve discovered so far from Nike, Pepsi, Tiny Streaker, and Coca Cola.

There will be many more, but these are my favorites so far.

USA Provisional Roster Thoughts

Are you ready for the World Cup? It’s just 25 days till the World Cup begins. This week Bob Bradley announced a roster of 30 players that will begin training next week.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

We all have some disappointments…Charlie Davies did not get a medical release from his club, Sochaux, in France. Though he still made a miraculously comeback to even be considered for the roster. Freddy Adu was not selected even though he is still only 20 years old, small in stature, but has been playing well in Greece along side Eddie Johnson for Aris FC. Others significant names missing are: Conor Casey, Jermain Jones, Kyle Bekerman, & Bobby Convey. There is reason to question some who are on the preliminary squad. Beasley & Ching (and some others) for instance have not had much play time the last couple of months and are probably not game fit. Question: How can a player make the national team if they aren’t playing for their club consistently?

If a midfielder or striker goes down to injury, I hope that Freddy Adu is the next in line to get a call up. Check out the 25,000 Aris FC (Freddy Adu & Eddie Johnson club) fans below who traveled to Athens from Thessaloniki for the Greek Cup Final vs. Panathinaikos. What an atmosphere! Freddy and Eddie (though Eddie’s had his problems) can’t help but improve in that environment.

I could rant and rave all day over the roster and my opinions about who should or should not be on the squad. But the evaluations and discussion about this should end on June 1 when Bob Bradley names the final 23. Regardless of who those 23 are, US fans must unite around them in order to WILL what the remainder of the world deems impossible.

Do you believe that the US…the Mighty, Mighty US…can shock the world again…as was done in 1950, 2002, & 2009? Here we go!!! Go USA…USA…USA…Let’s Go USA!!!

USA vs. England...June 12, 2010

Let’s Hunt Some Rabbit

Hunting today is much different than what it was when I was a boy. There’s so many things that have changed to make hunting from a simple past time for father and son, to one of the most expensive hobbies a person could possibly have. Unfortunately, hunting is becoming a lost practice for many today. I hope to make hunting a priority in the coming years as my son Connor becomes old enough to enjoy the outdoors in a responsible way.

Of all the hunting I’ve participated in, the favorite hunt for me has been hunting rabbit. From the swamps of Louisiana to the briar patches of Mississippi, rabbit hunting has always been fun. It’s silly to do it alone and there’s always action. But now I think I’ve discovered a great way to hunt rabbit when I retire. Take a look at the video below.