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by GIANFRANCO PANIZO
With the amount of defenders getting nicked up during the U.S. Men's National Team training camp in the build-up to their opening match of 2009 against Sweden, you had to wonder if Bob Bradley was going to use a life-line on yet another defender.
A defender did get a ring but it wasn't an MLS-based player. Instead, Michael Parkhurst took a transatlantic flight from Denmark to fill in for the U.S. team's injury-plagued back line.
Last month, when Parkhurst signed with Danish club FC Nordsjaelland on December 9, it was assumed that he would not be called in during their winter break so he could adjust to his new lifestyle and teammates. It appears that a recent rash of injuries to defenders forced head coach Bob Bradley to change those plans.
Parkhurst represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics and last played for Bob Bradley in the U.S. team's final 2008 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala.
Think Parkhurst is the defensive hero the United States needs in this camp? Think Bob Bradley should've saved Parkhurst the long flight and instead called up another MLS Defender? Do you see Parkhurst getting the start against Sweden?
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