MNT Oct 5, 2009
Rapper-actor Will Smith may come to Miami for fun and games, but it's purely a business trip for the U.S. MNT as the players began to arrive this afternoon in preparation for four days of training prior to leaving for Honduras and the penultimate World Cup qualifier of the 2009 Hexagonal on Oct. 10 in San Pedro Sula. Just nine of the 22 players called in by U.S. head coach Bob Bradley were in by dinner time (Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Charlie Davies, Landon Donovan, Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Rogers and Jose Torres), but three more players are on their way in tonight after the 1-1 draw between the Kansas City Wizards and the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium. Jimmy Conrad and Stuart Holden each played 90 minutes for their respective clubs, but Brian Ching did not see action due to a suspension. Conor Casey is also due in this evening. The U.S. team will train in the morning with the baker's dozen and eight more players will arrive on Monday, seven from Europe as Carlos Bocanegra, Kenny Cooper, Oguchi Onyewu, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jonathan Spector and Clarence Goodson land in Miami (as does the Dynamo's Ricardo Clark, the USA's goal scorer in the 1-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 9 in Port-of-Spain). As Aston Villa has a big Monday night match against Manchester City, goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be the last to arrive Tuesday.