National teamers on the move 

July, 20, 2010
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The national team remains on hiatus until its high-profile friendly against Brazil on Aug. 10, but there's plenty of U.S.-related news and notes to catch up on in the meantime. We've got current and future players in action, others on the move to new clubs and several, including current coach Bob Bradley, who could be soon. Here are the stories and storylines worth keeping an eye on.

The central midfield spot next to Michael Bradley was clearly up for grabs during the World Cup, where Ricardo Clark, Jose Torres and Benny Feilhaber all saw action in the middle -- with varying degrees of success. It's enough to make you wonder what would have happened if Bundesliga veteran and former German national teamer Jermaine Jones had been healthy and available for selection last month. As it turns out, U.S. fans might get the chance to see what a Bradley-Jones partnership would look like as early as next month. That's because the talented Schalke destroyer is finally back in action after nursing a leg injury for more than a year; Jones has played for 45 minutes in each of his club's two recent preseason friendly games.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

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