I was reading a short blurb on what 2008 should bring for the US MNT on SI.com earlier today and it had an interesting stat in the middle of the editorial. This stat is pre-Sweden game this past weekend. That is kind of an obvious statement for me to make given the phrasing of the sentence below, but I mention it because if you add in that 19th game, the numbers increase.
"Over the course of 18 games last year, 67 different players suited up for the full U.S. national team, including nine debutantes."
That is a lot of players. Personally, I like the way Bradley has rotated and tested out a huge group of players that we probably never would have seen on an Arena squad. However, I would think that with qualifying for 2010 starting to ramp up, it is time to settle into a consistency and team building phase. It will be very interesting to see if this happens, and who this happens with. Next game is February 6th against Mexico! And it tempting in its location...only 3 hours away in Houston.