Monday, September 03, 2007

2 Wizards Headed to Face Brazil

Two Wizards have been named to Bob Bradley's US squad that will take on Brazil on the 9th of this month in Chicago. Eddie Johnson gets a call up and a chance at his 31st cap for the national team. The other is looking to get his first cap for the US Men's National team, Davy Arnaud. Arnaud has been one of the Wizards most consistent performers this season. He's been one of those bubble players, who probably could have gotten a few call ups at least into camp, but injuries and other commitments have kept him out. Johnson and Arnaud are 2 of 4 forwards on the roster, including Landon Donovan, and former Wizard, Josh Wolff as well.

Arnaud has probably earned this call up due to the way the Wizards schedule has worked out. The Wizards are off this coming weekend, when the game will occur, and Bradley has tried to keep from calling in many MLS players that are in matches that could affect playoff standings. The only other MLS players called in are Donovan, Pablo Mastroeni, and Chris Seitz. Donovan's Galaxy and Mastroeni's Rapids face each other this weekend, so that's likely seen as a fair trade off, while Seitz has more to learn being on the bench for the US then being on the bench for Real Salt Lake.

That's not to say Arnaud hasn't deserved it, his play the last few seasons has earned him at least a call up into camp for Bradley to have a look at it. It's been a long time coming.

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