Opportunity without Jermaine Jones 

August, 6, 2010
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Turns out we'll have to wait for the start of the Jermaine Jones era.

But in international soccer, one man's exit means another's opportunity. Bob Bradley's inclusion of L.A. Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez on the roster shows that even in a match designed to celebrate the 2010 World Cup run, even in a game that's supposedly meaningless and even with an unsettled coaching situation, the clock has already started ticking for 2014.

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

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