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Those called, and those not
by Ridge Mahoney, May 14th, 2010 5:32AM

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[MLS] The last day of play before teams lose players to their national teams for World Cup training camps features mostly interconference games. Only Eastern foes Kansas City and Chicago stay on their side of the divide; by the end of the week, will Western teams have padded their 15-6-6 edge, or will the East have cut into that difference?

The thorny issue of whether players called to World Cup duty will take it easy in their final club games will bear close watching, and whether those not picked with jack it up a notch or three.

Robbie Findley didn’t hold back; he tested keeper Pat Onstad in the second minute with a rising blast and connected on a header a minute later as RSL pounded Houston, 3-1, Thursday night. Also to be scrutinized are those players not summoned; but with RSL captain Kyle Beckerman it was hard to tell if disappointment added anything to a typically fierce performance.

No doubt TFC will have its hands full with the Landon Donovan-Edson Buddle farewell game against the Galaxy at Home Depot Center, and might D.C. United feel the lash of rejected Conor Casey’s fury as well? Just what floundering D.C. needs, right? A raging bull at RFK.

In Columbus, Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan of Chivas USA go toes-to-toes with Robbie Rogers and Chad Marshall of the Crew, yet could his rejection spur Frankie Hejduk to an especially furious performance? Heath Pearce has to get through a game on turf in Philadelphia as FC Dallas goes for a third win in a row; Pearce’s poised play has been a subtle yet key element for FCD, which has lost only once in seven games.

Kansas City, which hasn’t won in the last three games, takes on Chicago in Roger Espinoza’s last MLS match before he joins up with Honduras.



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  1. christian navarro
    commented on: May 14, 2010 at 10:53 a.m.
    Sacha Kljestan is total trash! A lot of people complain about Ching, but the worse player of them all is Kljestian!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: May 14, 2010 at 12:59 p.m.
    Now, now, now Christian Navarro! Be nice now! Yes, Klejstan needs more time on the vine and mature as a player, but don't "trash" the guy!!! Ching's soccer hour-glass has run out of sand, and as for Beckerman, come now Ridge, he also needs more "on the vine" maturing as does Findley, and besides, consider the opponent on his "rising blast," and his goal. Houston was out to lunch, er, dinner and was just out and out plain and simply fast. AND, Houston is not in the same caliber as the teams we'll confront. So, PLAY ON!

  1. christian navarro
    commented on: May 14, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.
    Ric the only fear I have is that BB will choose WORTHLESS SACHA over "El GINGO" since BB has a BONER for him and i'm sure that you'd agree on that one since we have seen him chosen over JFT countless amounts of times. Why not again?

  1. Paul Bryant
    commented on: May 14, 2010 at 9:25 p.m.
    If BB is creative enough the USMNT could be successful. His alignment needs to be more offensive than in the past. His alignment should be a 4-3-3. The problem is who will play mid field other than Bradley Jr.?

  1. Christian Navarro
    commented on: May 15, 2010 at 2:34 p.m.
    prob. is imo is that BB will always regress and give those he used in MLS a chance.


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