"I was so pissed at him. I remember thinking, Just f****** put it in and you get to go to the biggest tournament in the world. You'll remember it forever. He was a guy who thought he was a shoo-in but didn't put the work in. Thankfully, he got left off because that would have been disrespectful to guys who were working hard."
-- Former U.S. national team defender Jimmy Conrad, on the importance of a pre-World Cup January camp, recalling the experience of Freddy Adu in 2006 when he finished last in a 20-minute fitness run, even behind assistant coaches Glenn Myernick and Curt Onalfo. (Grantland)