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Ching's injury muddles U.S. roster
by Ridge Mahoney, April 7th, 2010 1:19AM

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[WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN] In selecting his forwards for the World Cup, U.S. coach Bob Bradley would like at least one target man with a foundation of international experience.

Brian Ching’s name has been prominent in discussions about 2010 World Cup selections. He didn't play in the 2006 competition despite making the cut for Germany; his current status is clouded by a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him from four to six weeks. That period straddles a mid-May start of final World Cup preparations at a camp somewhere in the United States, though a final roster isn’t due until June 1.

Ching, who turns 32 in May, suffered the injury during a 2-1 victory against Real Salt Lake Thursday. An MRI performed Monday morning revealed a strained left hamstring that gives Bradley yet another injury complication to his preparation plans. Bradley must submit a 30-man preliminary roster to FIFA on May 11, and while Ching can be included whether he’s resumed playing or not, he might be pressed for time to get fit enough for the World Cup.

He’s been dueling with Conor Casey, among others, for a spot on the 23-man roster. In his one appearance for the U.S. this season, he replaced Casey Feb. 24 against El Salvador and scored a goal in a 2-1 win. In 44 U.S. appearances he’s scored 11 goals. He played seven Concacaf qualifiers for the 2010 competition and tied with Clint Dempsey for the team lead with four goals.

Ching joins Charlie Davies, Oguchi Onyewu, Ricardo Clark, Steve Cherundolo and Stuart Holden on the list of U.S. players either sidelined with significant injuries or just getting back to fitness nine weeks before the start of the World Cup.



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  1. Mike Gaire
    commented on: April 7, 2010 at 10:33 a.m.
    The answer to this problem is either bring back Brian McBride ( and I still don't accept that he is too old!) or play Dempsey as the target man. We are not short of people who can play midfield. Dempsey, given the chance, could do what McBride did, and probably almost as well as McBride did it on recent form! Josie is improving but he is not there yet ( not suprisingly when you consider how young he still is)

  1. P Van
    commented on: April 7, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.
    I sure hope Bradley is noticing what H. Gomez is doing in Mexico. With our lack of striking options, he definitely warrants inclusion in the mix!


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