MNT May 16, 2010
It's been nearly four years in the making, and now the 91 players with a cap in this cycle have been whittled down to 30 with only 27 days to go before the World Cup kicks off in South Africa. The final selection process begins in earnest when the team hits the field Monday morning; for now, players have begun filtering into New Jersey. Team captain Carlos Bocanegra was the first to unpack his bags, arriving from Zurich following the presentation of at FIFA House of the USA's bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. Eddie Johnson took the prize for the longest journey, arriving from Greece late this afternoon and then undergoing an MRI examination on his strained hamstring that will evaluated tomorrow. There was a Dynamo reunion on the flight from Houston as Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden flew together, while Jay DeMerit and Maurice Edu came by way of LA. By the time Marcus Hahnemann rolls in just before midnight, 16 members of the group will be settled in. Sunday morning will be filled with extensive physicals - part of which means that the players aren't allowed to eat between midnight and noon tomorrow.
The MNT Blog is on the scene and will be with you every step of the way, so feel free to share your questions, comments, and ideas throughout the journey. Can you believe it's finally here?