Friendlies, friendlies and more friendlies

24 May

Well, FIFA is ignoring my phone calls about starting the World Cup immediately, so I guess I will have to entertain myself with the massive amount of friendlies being played around the world.  Since many teams have not yet named their final 23, these friendlies are a big chance for the fringe players to make an impression and maybe work their way into the squad.

Despite the name “friendlies”, these games can also be the source of great stress.  The reason?  Injuries.  Freak accidents happen and people get hurt, it’s the nature of the sport.  But no one wants to see a player from their country go down.  That could be “THE WORST THING EVER”.  An injury to a star player can spark serious panic.  (Just ask Wayne Rooney or Davey Becks about their injuries in the buildup to the World Cup.  You will learn things you never knew about a metatarsal.)

So keep your fingers crossed that team USA’s players stay healthy.  At the rate they get injured, I know that’s asking a lot.  Perhaps bubble wrap them all?

Team USA opens friendly action against the Czech Republic tomorrow and word on the street is that Bob Bradley will announce the team’s final 23 on Wednesday.

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