Monday, January 11, 2010

1/12/2010: Rogers Looking To Make An Impression With National Team

In not so shocking terms the Crew's attacking left mid, Robbie Rogers, wants to make an impression on Bob Bradley for the upcoming January 23rd friendly against Honduras (at the Home Depot Center, viewable on Fox Soccer Channel, 9 P.M. EST) and the to be announced friendly in February expected against Mexico or another opponent. This is what Rogers had to say today at the USMNT camp:

"I want to show that I have something to add to the team," said Rogers, who has played nine games for the United States. "I know the team needs some players who are creative, who can attack with speed but also work hard."

"Whenever you’re in front of these coaches, you want to be sure you’re professional and you’re good for the team."

Also looking to make an impression in the two upcoming games, for what most would considered the US National Team B squad for the time being, are the Crew's Eddie Gaven and Chad Marshall.

So, what are your thoughts? Who has the best chance to make it to South Africa out of Rogers, Gaven, and Marshall? In my opinion, out of the three Crew players in the January camp roster, I think Chad Marshall has the best chance; especially if Oguchi Onyewu isn't exactly 100% percent by June because of his injury. I also believe that Gaven is fully capable if Bob Bradley gives him a serious look, as Gaven was the better Crew midfielder in 2009 compared to Rogers; to go a step further, Gaven was Mr. Dependable in the Crew's 2009 midfield. I also think Rogers has an outside shot if he really ups his game in these friendlies. But, each Columbus Crew camper may have to rely on a couple injuries in front of them or an insane break out performance to make the June cut.

Another interesting development is to see if Chris Pontius or Marcus Tracy can break through at the forward spot, a spot which will need a lot of help without Charlie Davies. Maybe Robbie Rogers should have a talk with Bradley about trying to convert to that depleted position.


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