If you have joined BN in recent months of even recent years you should know that we are going to be very interested in the upcoming World Cup and keep a close eye on it. Lot of us on frontpage enjoy and love watching soccer and there is an obvious UCLA connection when it comes to US soccer. Three former Bruins - Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber - were selected to the preliminary 30-man U.S. World Cup roster little more than week ago.
Blair Angulo from tWWL had little more the connection between blue and gold and red, white and blue:
U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley -- whose daughter is a student manager on the UCLA women's soccer team -- has until June 1 to trim his final roster to 23. Training camp begins Saturday in Princeton, N.J.
Bocanegra is all but a lock. A defender who starred at UCLA from 1997-99, Bocanegra was the U.S. captain during qualifiers last year and played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, making two starts at left back.
Bornstein, a defender who played the 2004 season at UCLA after transferring from Cal Poly Pomona, made six starts during qualifiers last year. He plays for Chivas USA, a team he won MLS Rookie of the Year honors for in 2006. Feilhaber is a midfielder who was born in Brazil and walked on at UCLA in 2003. He did not play in the last World Cup, but he has international experience after competing at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Yanks are going to play two exhibition matches - Czech Republic (May 25) and Turkey (May 29) - before heading down to South Africa. If you want to get a sense of how emotional this event is going to be here is a taste:
Good luck to all our Bruins.