Good morning, happy Monday, and welcome to a new week. Welcome also to the day of the US's first World Cup game, against Ghana today at 6 PM. The BC-related story is that Alejandro Bedoya has a strong chance of being part of the team selected to start today. My gut tells me that I expect to see him on the right hand side of the midfield tonight. The pundits tend to agree:
Barring late injuries, Tim Howard will be in goal, and Fabian Johnson figures to start at right back, Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler in central defense and DaMarcus Beasley at left back. Kyle Beckerman, Jermaine Jones and Bradley anchor the midfield, and Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore will be up front. The fourth midfielder likely will come from among Alejandro Bedoya, Graham Zusi and Brad Davis. Beasley would become the first American to play in four World Cups.
The rotations creaked a bit in the buildup matches, but they must hit directly on point here with the selected player on the right (either Alejandro Bedoya or Graham Zusi) and one of the two forwards (Jozy Altidore or Clint Dempsey) sliding into the proper spots to cover when necessary.
Athlon released their preseason All-ACC teams:
Boston College's Andy Gallik gets the nod as Athlon's first-team center over Louisville's Jake Smith, who was a first-teamer on Steele's list. FSU's Bobby Hart gets the nod as one of Athlon's first-team tackles over Syracuse's Sean Hickey, who made Steele's first team.
After 2 1/2 seasons at UConn, Ty-Meer Brown said he was expecting to make an impact with the Boston College defense in the fall. He will reunite with defensive coordinator Don Brown (no relation), who will enter his second season at Boston College after spending two years as defensive coordinator at UConn.
When he committed, Jeremy Miller was the centerpiece of Donahue's 2015 recruiting class. After the coaching change, he decided to reopen his recruiting process. Usually when that happens, I expected the decommitted player to go elsewhere. Miller sounds a little different. He's hearing from other programs but still claims that BC is a possibility. He wants Christian to "recruit him."
NHL season ended deep into Friday night with the Kings' 2OT, Cup-clinching win against the Rangers. Now, for many players, the offseason shuffling begins - including for Brian Boyle:
The Rangers have seven unrestricted free agents and five restricted free agents from their Cup Final roster. They won't be able to afford everyone, so key parts such as defenseman Anton Stralman, fourth-liner Brian Boyle and Benoit Pouliot, who resurrected his flagging NHL career this season, may be financial casualties with other teams able to offer more than the Rangers can.