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Caution: do not read TOO MUCH into some of today’s surprise U.S. call-ups


If you are a fan of Oguchi Onyewu or Tim Ream (pictured) or Juan Agudelo, obviously there is reason to be a little excited today; being summoned by Jurgen Klinsmann for the training camp in Frankfurt and subsequent trip into Cyprus can only be a good thing.

But don’t get carried away. An invitation into this camp is a little like a first date; you’re in the game … but a long, long, long way from wedding bells and beach-side honeymoons.

“Wedding bells” in this case means a World Cup roster spot.

Here’s why this 24-man camp (which is really a 23-man camp, plus potential U.S. man Julian Green) is a thin representation of what the World Cup roster will look like: Most MLS men at the top end of the U.S. pool aren’t jetting across the ocean for this one, not with MLS openers set for a few days later.

(MORE: Klinsmann names squad for Frankfurt camp and Ukraine friendly)

Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey are the exceptions. But there are at least eight MLS men (and potentially as many as 10 or 11) who will be on the World Cup roster but won’t be gathering in Frankfurt on Sunday.

Remember, whereas the last U.S. World Cup roster (For World Cup 2010 in South Africa) included just four MLS players, the land’s highest tier of professional soccer will carry a far greater representation this time around.

On the center backs, specifically, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Clarence Goodson, all in MLS, are almost sure to gobble up three spots more or less allocated for central defense. That leaves (again, more or less … none of this is “hard math”) one center back spot, and the best guess here is that it’s going to Anthony Brooks.

How can Man United qualify for last 16 of Champions League?

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Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.

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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Man United 0-0 PSV ]

So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:

  • A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
  • A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
  • A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B

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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.

VIDEO: Can Leicester stun the world? Man United title favorites?

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The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?

With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistlerooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.

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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.

Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.

Men in Blazers podcast: The Leicester fairytale goes on

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Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.

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Pellegrini updates status of Joe Hart’s hamstring injury

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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.

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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.

Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).