It is human nature to want familiar faces with you when going into battle or any big undertaking. In the business world, I've seen many bosses come into a new job and the first thing they do is bring along a few loyalists from their old job. Just about every President brings along a few (or more than a few as the case may be) cronies and childhood friends with him to the White House, even if they don't exactly have the right qualifications for their new jobs. Soccer coaches also tend to have their favorites. Arena had Richie Williams and a few others as his pets. This tendency seems even stronger in Bradley's case. Putting aside the special case of his son, he seems to have a strong tendency to favor the guys he knows. There are the ones he knows from his Fire days: Boca, DMB, Wolff. Obviously, a guy like the Beaz is there on merit, but I wonder about some of the others. Should Boca be clearly ahead of Jimmy Conrad based upon recent performances? What about Wolff done in oh the last five years to make anyone think he merits a call-up? Then there are the Chivas boys. I personally think Bornstein is better at LB than Pearce, but agree with those who say that we need to give other candidates some games there. Klejstan is another of Bradley's Chivas boys. He's one that I've never been impressed by and am somewhat mystified about his inclusion on the Copa roster. Perhaps the ultimate Bradley boy is Jesse Marsch. He played for Bob at Chicago and Chivas, but goes much further back, having played for him at Princeton. Lucky Jesse gets a runout against China earlier this year, in spite of oh maybe 100 other US midfielders being more qualified. There is also the interesting case of Ricardo Clark, who was once traded away by Bob. Does this mean that Rico will have to overcome a higher hurdle in becoming a regular for the national team? As I noted at the outset it is human nature to take your buddies with you when given a big job. My experience is that the best executives are the ones that learn to overcome this natural tendency. They develop an ability to look objectively at the capabilities of people, whether they know them well or not. Maybe Bradley will learn to do this. I'm not happy about the early indications.