Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Pablo Mastroeni out while two others called in

The US camp took a bit of a hit on Monday when midfielder Pablo Mastroeni partially torn the quadriceps in his left leg during a crossing exercise. It will take Mastroeni 6-8 weeks to recover.

Mastroeni has 43 caps on the national team and played in nine 2006 qualifiers. He is a very dependable part of the US mid-line and will be difficult to replace if he is not ready in time for Germany.

In the meantime, Kansas City's own Kerry Zavagnin has been called in to replace Mastroeni in camp. D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell has also been called in for his first training camp. These means both the Wizards and United have four players in camp.

I really like Boswell and am happy to see him get some time in the camp. I also must agree with the DCenters that Boswell is a guy Bruce is looking at for post-World Cup action.


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