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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, January 11, 2010
While many at this month's US national team camp look to make a solid first impression in front of head coach Bob Bradley, Marvell Wynne hopes to reestablish himself as a contender for this summer's World Cup roster.

Following a solid individual performance at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Wynne was widely considered to be a serious contender for the right back position on the national team. A shaky performance, however, in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica last summer, along with the solid and consistent play of Steve Cherundolo and Jonathan Spector at right back, has seen Wynne fall down the depth chart.

With several weeks to work in front of the coaching staff, Wynne views this camp as a chance to increase his stock once again.

"I see myself in contention, I suppose," Wynne told YA on how he views his chances at making the 2010 World Cup roster. "I don't think I could have any other kind of outlook if I wasn't here at this camp.

"What I hope to do is to give Coach Bradley a difficult decision in who he wants to play at right back," he continues. "It would be a dream come true to play in the World Cup."

As one of the elite right backs in MLS, Wynne is a player who has built his game around his explosive speed and supreme athleticism. It is those qualities that made him the first overall pick in the 2006 MLS Superdraft and a key player on the 2008 USA Olympic team. At this month's camp, he will be looking to regain his fitness as the long MLS offseason can often take its toll on athletic players like Wynne.

"At this training camp I am trying to get myself comfortable playing at such a high level as well as getting my fitness back for the preseason because I think fitness is one of my key strengths," he explained. "The higher I can get my [fitness] the better player I will be."

Next month, the Pittsburgh native is scheduled to return to his club, Toronto FC, to begin preseason. Wynne began his career with the New York Red Bulls but has been with Toronto since 2007.

"Toronto is actually a wonderful place," Wynne said of his current situation. "It's a great city. Off the field, I enjoy being there a lot and, on the field, it is such a great atmosphere. I am really glad I am there right now and hopefully next year is going to go really well for us."

With the success he has achieved in MLS the past few seasons, the former UCLA Bruin has occasionally been rumored to be one of the Americans who may move his game overseas. While Wynne said he would welcome such an opportunity, he doesn't view it as crucial either.

"My take on soccer and life in general is that soccer is played all over the world, so why not go see it? I would love to go around," Wynne said of where he thinks his career could take him. "If I can go play overseas, it would be wonderful. I don't have any specific place [in mind]."

"If I am there for a couple of years, wherever that may be, it would be great. But, if I am still in MLS, it would wonderful. I will go wherever the game takes me."

While the prospects of moving his career abroad remains a clear possibility for the future, Wynne remains for now focused on his upcoming season with Toronto FC and making a strong push to earn a spot on the USA's World Cup roster. Even though he admits that inclusion in the World Cup roster for 2010 will prove difficult for him, he explained that he is nevertheless optimistic for the USA's chances at the tournament.

"I am not going to say if I have any expectations," Wynne opined. "But, I know that we are going to be ready for it and, no matter who we play, we are going to make it difficult for them and show the world that the USA wants to get on the map, in terms of being a powerhouse in international soccer."
Wednesday January 20, 2010 7:03 am
I AGREE WITH ALL !!!!!!!!! WYNNE.......is a monster explosive n quick,he needs more high level playing time and a better move to europe........BUT IF ENGLAND PLAY LENNON ......then bober bradley will need to play wynne to combat the brits speed, experience or no experience go go go MR MARVEL
Thursday January 14, 2010 12:56 pm
I think Wynne has a great deal of talent and I would love to seem him sneak into the WC squad. Realistically he needs more big game experience to be considered for time on the field during the WC, but this guy is ffaaaassst. I still remember when Toronto FC played Real Madrid, and how he ran down and frustrated Cristiano Rinaldo a number of times.
Thomas M
Tuesday January 12, 2010 1:58 pm
I like Wynne and I hope he works hard at the camp and can get on our team. He is a machine at defense.
Monday January 11, 2010 5:53 pm
there are several reasons why marvell wynne is going to south africa and first and foremost is the fact that he is an absolute terror on defense and a player like this just does not come around all the time. so his rare ability is one reason the hungry beast will be in south africa. a second reason is the fact that the two players above him on the depth chart are absolutely injury prone and i hate to say it, but it almost requires marvell be there for backup.

marvell was held accountable for his performance against costa rica and he took a lot of heat for said performance. it is interesting, looking back to see that in the home costa rica game, stevie cherundolo got hit for the same goal that marvell did. its like costa rica has this one play and usa got beat with it twice, once in the first game and once in the rfk qualifier.

the hungry beast is to much of a machine to keep off the team. and the fact that he has been tucked away up in toronto makes him even more of an x factor. england, slovenia, and algeria will not know what hit them when he blazes up the wing. give me marvell wynne over glenn johnson any day of the week and he is probably less than half the price, at least until after this summer.

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