Findley in a battle for World Cup spot

RSL star eager for call, despite scoring drought

Think
Robbie Findley’s biggest problem is a routine scoring drought? It’s actually Edson
Buddle.

Or maybe
it’s Conor Casey. Or Herculez Gomez. Or maybe it’s all about that precious
first touch.

No matter
how U.S. fans look at the current dilemma facing coach Bob Bradley before next
month’s all-important roster deadline, Findley has some work to do to get back
into the mix as the World Cup draws closer.

The Real
Salt Lake star is no closer to getting Bradley’s call today than he’s been in
the past, and his numbers thus far this season haven’t helped his cause. He has
two assists but no goals yet in 2010, while Buddle and Casey have enjoyed
strong starts to a pivotal season that could define their futures.

Gomez,
meanwhile, has found a magical scoring with Puebla, scoring 10 goals in 14
matches and sitting atop the goal scoring ledger for the Mexican Primera
División.

For his
part, Findley is keeping his thoughts on the matter largely to himself.

“I think about it a little bit,” Findley said
this week. “It’s pretty big.” 

Whether he
gets the initial call into camp or not, even those close to Findley admit he
clearly has some work to do to round out his game. 

“He’s certainly one of the fastest players in
the league and has the ability to stretch defenses,” Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey told MLSsoccer.com. “To me it’s less about his touch,
and more about whether or not he’s able to maintain possession when he needs
to.”

His touch
and ability to hold the ball have not historically been his strong points, but
Findley’s been working hard on making the necessary improvements. And RSL coach
Jason Kreis has praised Findley’s ability to handle the expectations that will
come with a USMNT call-up.

“He’s very even keel,” Kreis said. “He’s very
humble. He has all the tools to handle
it.”

The
prospect may be overwhelming, but it’s one that Findley is willing to embrace,
if given the chance.

“It’s just
something that everybody dreams of,” Findley said. “It’d be an honor to
represent your country and to be part of something like that.”