A steady and cold rain put a damper on proceedings at day two of the U.S. national team training camp, but players were still in a good mood to talk about a variety of topics.
Here are some highlights from Tuesday's day at training camp:
Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Benny Feilhaber and Alejandro Bedoya, will undergo physicals on Wednesday and won't train with the team until Thursday.
Jonathan Spector cleared up a misunderstanding pertaining to a recent story that quoted him as saying he preferred playing at left back rather than his more natural position of right back. "Either I mis-spoke or he may have misunderstood what I was saying, Spector said. “I don’t prefer the left. I probably prefer the right, though I’m certainly comfortable on the left."
Spector revealed that he has one year left on his West Ham deal and expects to be back with the London club next season.
Going along with the "Where do you prefer to play" theme, Landon Donovan acknowledged that he prefers playing on the wings rather than up top, but will play up top if needed. No, not that surprising.
Donovan answered a variety of questions in a post-practice press conference. Among the things he revealed was that his recent divorce has played a major role in helping him grow as a person. He also stated that he believes the current U.S. national team is the strongest he's played with.
"We have the most talented team during my national team career, but the team with the least experience, so we will see how it goes," Donovan said. "To play in a World Cup is very difficult and for those without experience it's going to be something different, but I'm confident in the talent we have and over four years we've constructed something good here."
When told about Oguchi Onyewu's new deal with AC Milan, which will include a season he will play for free to make up for missing most of this past season due to injury, Donovan joked, "You can tell Bruce (Arena) that I'm not playing for free any time soon."
Stuart Holden revealed that he was on the same flight back to England after the Netherlands friendly as Nigel DeJong, the player who broke his leg with a studs-up challenge. There was no apology from DeJong.
These are just some of the tidbits from today's training. Look for a story on Jay DeMerit shortly, as well as some other items on today's practice later tonight.
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