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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The travel agency was closed for most the summer, but we've reopened and have been making numerous new reservations.

Bobby Convey and Benny Feilhaber have had their tickets revoked, while Jonathan Spector is precariously close to losing his.

Kenny Cooper and Dominic Cervi make their way into the plane, while a surprise grabs the final ticket.

Again, for this feature, we at YA are prognosticating who we think that the US head coach will call up to his final roster, not who we think should go.

As always, feel free to http://www.yanks-abroad.com/content.php?mode=contact&action=show§ion=generaldrop us a line[endlink] if you agree, disagree or somewhere in between.

PACK YOUR BAGS, BOYS
Carlos Bocanegra - D, Rangers (Scotland) on loan from Racing Santander (Spain)
Think France will add some nuance to his game? (BMH) Bob's best move was to make Boca captain. (CW)
Landon Donovan - M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
Will score some PK's in Africa, surely... (AV) Hey, we might have to face Mexico again! (DS)
Tim Howard - GK, Everton (England)
Hopefully the start to this club season is just an aberration in Timmy's climb to the goalkeeping pinnacle. (BL) Struggling in England, but unstoppable for country. (GM)
Oguchi Onyewu - D, Sheffield Wednesday (England)
Gooch has done much better with his control and the cards are down. (CW) Let's just hope he can mature to his potential. (AV)
Clint Dempsey - M/F, Fulham (England)
Shines in the Nats uniform, unremarkable in Fulham's - America's answer to Joe Cole? (DS) Needs to get to a club where he is a regular starter. (RF)

NEARLY A LOCK
Michael Bradley - M, Roma (Italy)
You think Bob would leave his offspring at home?? (MA) Maybe propensity to commit stupid fouls and giveaways will be addressed in Germany. (BL)
Steve Cherundolo - D, Hannover 96 (Germany)
When the coach's next option is Frankie Hejduk, your spot is safe. (BL) Showed his crossing ability against T&T but has to stop getting cards. (GM)
Maurice Edu - M, Stoke City (England)
Looking better every time I see him. (BMH) Versatility will serve US well in South Africa. (CW)
Brad Guzan - GK, Aston Villa (England)
He's backing up some pretty good 'keepers on his teams right now. (RF) Get him some Prem games and he could surpass T-Ho. (MA)
Freddy Adu - M/F, Philadelphia Union (USA)
By 2010 the US will have realized their attack can’t live without him. (BL) The only true attacking midfielder we've got. (RF)
DaMarcus Beasley - M/F, Puebla (Mexico)
An unimpressive international break... (AV) Beas has not been sharp since PSV. Needs to pick up his game. (CW)
Heath Pearce - D/M, CD Chivas (USA)
Consistently solid defense, provides some danger going forward. (DS) Anyone still preferring Bornstein? (CW)

FAIRLY SAFE BET
Jozy Altidore - F, Sunderland (England)
Can he be the one to push Johnson off the list? (RF) Bradley may not feel comfortable bringing Adu and Altidore, but they both deserve to be there. (AV)

IN A BATTLE
Eddie Johnson - F, Aris (Greece) on loan from Fulham (England)
Uggh. (CW) Positive performances with Cardiff will mean a lot for his chances. (MA) I wish he was off this list, but the fact is, where is his competition? (GM)
Sacha Kljestan - M, Anderlecht (Belgium)
An excellent Olympics makes this midfielder the 'hot' choice. (RF) Not a big fan, but Bob is...Needs to pass to the guys on his own team once in a while. (BMH)

WORK TO DO
Danny Califf - D, Philadelphia Union (USA)
Embarrassing own goals aside, he brings solid experience to the field. (DS) Played great against Argentina, is a very good option to have on the bench. (GM)
- F, () on loan from ()
He has his moments. (MA) A dependable option but doesn’t bring much to the table. (BL)
Jay DeMerit - D, Watford (England)
Never, ever, count this guy out of the picture. (BL) His club is struggling, will he make a move in the winter window? (RF)
Ricardo Clark - M, Stabæk (Norway)
Would really benefit from a move to Europe in January. (GM) Conservative Bradley will take at least three holding midfielders. (BL)
Kenny Cooper - F, Portland Timbers (USA)
The big body that Bradley might not bring... (AV) Which would be the right decision, but I'm not Bob. (CW)
Jonathan Spector - D, Birmingham City (England)
Needs to put together a decent run actually on the field. (BMH) Get healthy, then we'll talk. (DS)
Dominic Cervi - GK, Greenock Morton (Scotland) on loan from Celtic (Scotland)
But Bob will still need his favorite club-searching ballboy. (DS) Being the third keeper is like Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL. (CW)
Brian McBride - F, Chicago Fire (USA)
With as sorry as our strikers are, someone is going to talk Bake out of retirement. If the Olympics were appealing, so will a fourth World Cup. (CW)
PASSPORT ISSUES?

Neven Subotic - If you choose the US, you'd get a seat on the plane but the fact you refuse to make a decision is worrying. (CW)

Bakary Soumary - Way more upside than Califf. (BMH) Seems stuck somewhere between US and Mali. (DS)

MOVING UP

Charlie Davies – Considering the anemic options, deserves a shot up front. (BL)

Will Hesmer - Surprising young Crew keeper continues to impress. (RF)

Stuart Holden - Developing into a solid option in a place the Nats are desperately short. (BL)

MOVING DOWN

Benny Feilhaber - It was nice knowing ya. (BMH)

Bobby Convey - Does this kid still have it after countless months/years off with injury? (RF)

Frank Simek - Get back on the field quickly. With Cherundolo card happy and the other Frankie as the backup... (CW)

OTHER BUBBLE BATTLERS

Arturo Alvarez, Cory Gibbs, Marcus Hahnemann, Eddie Lewis, Kasey Keller, Pablo Mastroeni, Dax McCarty, Drew Moor, Michael Parkhurst, Matt Pickens, Taylor Twellman, Jeremiah White, Marvell Wynne, David Yelldell, Sal Zizzo

note: note: Yanks Abroad's Michael Adubato, Rich Fidler, Bri-Mathias Hodge, Brent Latham, George Murphy, David Smith, Andrew Vorce and Chad Winger compiled this feature.
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