Tomorrow, it's expected that U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley will announce his roster for the team's upcoming trip (Nov. 17) to South Africa for a friendly against Bafana Bafana. Will there be any Wizards on the plane?
It's hard to gauge what the team is going to look like. Will Bradley put his first-team players through the rigors of a mid-week friendly in the midst of the European seasons and the MLS playoffs? For the MLS boys, it's highly unlikely that Landon Donovan will be part of the team, same for fringe players Chris Wondolowski and Brek Shea. I also can't imagine Clint Dempsey (with Fulham playing Newcastle and Manchester City on the surrounding Saturdays) or Tim Howard (Everton's got key fixtures with Arsenal and Sunderland).
Or will he go with a more experimental lineup to get a look at some players and get other fringe players more experience? It's alreadybeen reported that a first call-up for Norwegian-American Mikkel Diskerud
is in the works.
Which begs the question: Does Michael Harrington deserve a look from the U.S. national team? The flexible fullback (he can play left, which has been a problem position for the U.S. since forever) had a great season for the Wizards. He's also (with the exception of someone I'll mention in a bit) the only Wizard even on the fringe of the U.S. national team's radar.
What say you?
• In other call-up news,Mike at Down the Byline had the other day that Roger Espinoza has been brought in for Honduras' friendly on Nov. 17 against Panama
• I'm a bit behind on this, but in a radio interview last week,Wizards' forward Teal Bunbury was on the radio show "It's Called Football" and claimed he was still undecided on which country he wants to represent: Canada or the United States. He has dual citizenship (his father is Canadian, his mother America) and has lived his entire life in the States.