26 January 2007

Five United players called into USNT camp for Mexico match

Bob Bradley called up five DC United players into the national team camp ahead of the showdown with Mexico. Bobby Boswell (D), Bryan Namoff (D), Brian Carrol (M), Josh Gros (M), and Troy Perkins (G) are on the roster. Boswell started in central defense against Denmark and acquitted himself well, while Namoff came on in the second half. Perkins will be up against Joe Cannon, Matt Pickens, and Matt Reis in the net, and I'd expect Bradley to give Reis or Cannon the nod. Will Gros see any playing time? I think his speed and hustle could certainly be useful against the Mexican team, but he'll have to show well in camp to be seriously considered. Carroll also has his work cut out for him, as Ricardo Clark and Pablo Mastroeni did a good job as defensive midfielders against Denmark. Nonetheless, the experience should serve all the players well, and whet their appetite to stay in the candidate pool for the foreseeable future.

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