Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Deuce loose in Chicago

The U.S. men's national team continues training in Chicago in preparation for this weekend's showdown with Brazil (dubbed the "Clash of the Champions" by USSF. Um, yeah. There's a scarf I'd want).

To get an idea of how the team occupies its time, I recommend the blog that U.S. Soccer keeps up during the training camps. We learn, for example, that Landon will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight's Cubs game and will spend some time in the booth with the ESPN announcers. Jon Milller will unfortunately not be in the booth--he used to do NASL games so is familiar with the sport. Wonder what Orel Hershiser will talk to Landon about. Let's hope he offers some tips on focus and mental strength.

Also, check out the article about Clint Dempsey in today's Chicago Tribune. He's got a good story, and hopefully he'll continue to take advantage of the playing time he is currently getting at Fulham. Thankfully, we also learn that he has no intentions of trying to make it as a legitimate rapper (despite his past dabblings).

Finally, it seems Benny Feilhaber's exclusion from the Derby County roster for last weekend's slaughter against Liverpool was due to a slight ankle injury he's carrying, which is supposedly improving. Said his gaffer:
“Benny had to report with the USA squad and a decision will be made from there. Playing against Brazil is a big game for anybody - he only wants to play so he can swap a shirt!”

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