BRADLEY SCOUTING YANKS IN SCANDINAVIA
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JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, March 16, 2010
National team coach Bob Bradley took a covert scouting trip this past weekend and Kristiansand, Norway and Írebro, Sweden were on the itinerary.

First, he showed up to see IK Start's Clarence Goodson have a good game against Sandefjord where the defender earned Man of the Match honors by the local media.

Then he presumably drove or took a train 10 hours from southern Norway to central Sweden to see Alejandro Bedoya play in Írebro's Allsvenskan opener.

Goodson was quoted in local paper saying that he was proud that Bradley actually had come to watch him play considering there are many good players on the US national team.

While Goodsopn knew beforehand that the USMNT head man was coming to watch him play, Bedoya was completely surprised learning about Bradley's visit when the Írebro newspaper reporter asked him a question.

Johan Arvidsson, a local Írebro beat writer, told YA that Bradley made mention over the weekend that Bedoya would be a likely recipient for the 30 or so spots for the camp that will occur in May when the US team gets ready for South Africa.

Arvidsson went on to report that Bradley considered Bedoya to be an outer midfielder in the US 4-4-2 system after seeing him play in the 4-3-3 in Írebro.

The 30 man preliminary World Cup roster is due to FIFA on May 11th. The US training camp will begin in mid-May

The question every USMNT fan should be asking is where will BB be spotted next?
Nick
Monday April 19, 2010 5:25 am
Outstanding soccer players like messi do not make outstanding American Football players. Saying that messi would be a first round NFL draft pick is absolutely absurd. If athletes like chad ochocinco played soccer however.... could you imagine? With his size, finesse, speed, and sheer athleticism he would be a handful for any defense. Apparently he has shown some sweet skill moves off in the past too.
Luis
Thursday April 15, 2010 2:27 pm
I think Adu will be a great player because I have seen glimps of it. He just needs to be more consistant. From what i have read about him is that he is lazy. He lacks match fitness. He needs to become a better professional and put in the work.
Also remember that Argentina is not producing a Messi style player every year. The last great player for Argentina was Maradona back in the mid 80's and maybe Batistuta in the 90's.

Argentina also has one major sport...futbol. Here in the states soccer comes fourth after NFL, MLB and the NBA.
vaiano7
Monday March 29, 2010 2:12 pm
You cannot compare Adu's height to any other great, short player such as Messi. Have you seen Messi's quickness with the ball at his feet? If he was at the NFL scouting combine, he'd garner a first round pick due to his extraordinary quickness. Add his ability to start and stop at that speed with the ball at his feet and you have a top 5 world player. Adu never has had that type of quickness. If Adu worked with an NFL speed and quickness coach in order to improve his speed and quickness significantly, then and only then could Adu have a stellar career in one of the top 3 leagues. England, Spain, or Italy. Tell me I am wrong and I will point to Adu's already failed attempts at making an impact in Portugal or France.
Blue/Black
Sunday March 28, 2010 3:18 pm
Daniel:

I would advice you to see a player play before you add them to any WC squads, it takes more then just being part of high level league to preform well in the WC.

You want a team with good players or a team put togheter based up on where they play?
leeterofcola
Wednesday March 24, 2010 2:16 pm
I'm with you LouisZ. Bobby should be heading down to Argentina to scout both Hoyos brothers. I don't even need to see Michael Hoyos play to know that he is good enough for our WC squad. The kid is on the first team for one of the best clubs in one of the best footballing countries in the world. They should offer him a spot now. I think waiting for the next cycle to include this kid will almost guarantee we lose him to Argentina, as he holds dual citizenship. Get the older brother and we'll probably land little brother also.
sostoked
Wednesday March 24, 2010 12:50 pm
Next he should be scouting mikkel diskerud
Luis
Sunday March 21, 2010 1:27 pm
Why argentina? to see M. Hoyos? he is already training with Argentina U20 squad, now if BB goes there to offer him a senior spot, then maybe the kid may switch, that would be a major coup for BB. the kid plays for studiantes and they lost in the finals against barcelona for the club world championship, the kid is the real deal. The problem is that M. Hoyos plays center midfielder the same position BB son plays.
Robert Kiernan
Sunday March 21, 2010 11:42 am
Well now that MLS seems to be back to an ongoing entity... maybe it might be wise for Bradley, in between scouting how players are doing in Europe, might think of meeting with somebody at AC Milan and seeing if there might be some arrangement struck that might allow Onyewu to play some with an MLS team before the start of the World Cup, as there seems very little chance that he'll be seeing any time with the big club...and he'll need to be playing SOMEWHERE if he is to be at all ready to play in South Africa.

I wish we actually had some folks in the USSF that had some real...diplomatic skills, because having seen what we've offered up as our back up players based in the MLS... we truly must have our foreign based players, or we are in for a real let down in the quality of our play.
Dennis
Sunday March 21, 2010 9:32 am
Adu is an enigma. He's shown flashes of brilliance but his failure to become a real soccer baller is uber frustrating. When he came on as a sub when the U.S. played the friendly at Spain a couple years ago, the Yanks were a different team. He really outplayed people like Pato (now at Milan) et al in the U-21 World Cup. He looked very dangerous in the Oly's in 2008. And yet he fails to even find time on the pitch consistently wherever he goes. And if he can't do it at Aris, he's in real trouble. All I can say about Adu is: WTF?
Blue/Black
Thursday March 18, 2010 9:53 pm
BPM:

Returning to the MLS would not solve Adus problems, yes he might get some playing time, but he might probably end up outside many European football clubs radars/intrest.

Freddy Adu would need to find himself a good "small" club, like in Belgium or a middle league club in Holland or even perhaps Norway or Denmark. He needs to go to a club without any "big" or superstars, where he would be one in the gang and be given playing time.

Like James said, height is not a problem, unless your defender or goalkeeper.
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