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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

February 25, 2010
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Cameron earns his first cap


TAMPA -- Midfielder Geoff Cameron earned his first cap, coming on for Robbie Rogers in the 86th minute of the U.S.'s 2-1 comeback win over El Salvador Wednesday night.

"It’s what you dreamed of when you were a little kid," Cameron said. "It's just one stepping stone, and I want to accomplish a lot more as a player. It was a great experience training with the guys and being with the national team, and it was great to get my first cap.”

Announcement due today

U.S. Soccer is expected to announce the roster for Wednesday's game vs. the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon. U.S. coach Bob Bradley said he would talk over his final selections with his coaching staff Wednesday night.

“Decisions for Holland involve many different factors," Bradley said. "In some cases we might have an idea that we want to see another guy play, so not bring in a player isn’t necessarily a statement that he has for some reason dropped down a little bit, just that we have two opportunities, this week and the next game to see some guys and we also recognize that we’ve had a number of these players away from their club teams a good amount in January, in the case of a guy like Clarence Goodson, because his team in Norway had actually started doing stuff. MLS guys, it’s just been this last stretch but we factor all those things in.”

Call him captain Jonathan

Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein wore the captain's armband Wednesday night.

"It is a tremendous feeling," he said. "It was my first game leading the team out onto the field and to get a win in the same game just topped it off. But I thought a lot of the guys showed heart and leadership out there, not just myself. I just tried to do the best job as captain I could."

The countdown

Thursday is the deadline for the negotiations between Major League Soccer and the MLS players union to ratify their Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Your guess is as good as Bradley's on what will happen.

If there is a strike or player lockout, Bradley has a contingency plan.

"We're react accordingly in terms of scheduling training," he said. "We'll see how it goes."

   
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