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Hi from US camp

Hi from Princeton, NJ...US camp. Dreary, cold day today. Perfect training for South African winter (it will be winter during the World Cup there -- 50s in the day, dipping to 30s for the night games).

Alejandro Bedoya of Weston (St. Thomas Aquinas High) and Oguchi "Gooch'' Onyewu were the last two of the 30 to arrive. Bedoya played full 90 minutes his last game with Swedish club. The 23-year-old hopes to make Bradley think long and hard before choosing his 23. Gooch is eager to prove he's recovered from knee surgery. He hasn't played since Oct. 14. That's a LONG time.

Bedoya did the drills, but got to skip the running (and there was ALOT of running!). Gooch looked fit, but hard to tell from one practice.

Lots of media here, more buzz than in years past. John Oliver of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show was on hand, conducting silly interviews. Jonathan Spector, Marcus Hahnemann and Jay DeMerit went along with the jokes.

Bradley's press conference started on a somber note, as he paid tribute to a family friend who was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday...guy was an Army Col., father of five, and former goalkeeper at West Point. Bradley talked about patriotism, and importance of realizing how special it is to represent your country. Said he is trying to impart that message to his players.

more tomorrow...Michelinha.

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