USA Names World Cup Roster

USMNT Huddle

Bob Bradley has finalized his roster. Here are the Yanks going to South Africa:

GKs: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann

FBs: Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector

CBs: Jay DeMerit, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson,

Mids: Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, DaMarcus Beasley

FWDs: Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez, Edson BuddleRobbie Findley

Rationale for Fringe Player Inclusions:

Herculez Gomez – He looked great last night and has been in-form all season.

Edson Buddle – The Galaxy striker may not have had an outstanding game yesterday, but a lack of depth means Bradley brings another forward who has been hitting the net with regularity.

Robbie Findley – He’s fast? That’s really all we know about Findley at this point. He didn’t play last night, so Bradley must have seen something in camp.

Rationale for Omissions:

Brian Ching – His value for hold-up play is neutered by Dempsey and Altidore’s abilitiy to do the same. He also may not be fully fit after a spring hamstring injury.

Heath Pearce – The FC Dalls left back picked a poor time to have a bad performance. Bornstein looked awful last night – perhaps leaving the door open for Heath to make the squad – but Pearce somehow managed to play even worse.

Alejandro Bedoya – The winger’s lack of versatility (Donovan, Holden, and Dempsey can all play multiple positions) and Bradley’s decision to bring 4 forwards leaves the impressive youngster off the roster. Let’s hope DaMarcus Beasley stays sharp without someone gunning for his spot.

Sacha Kljestan – He looks great one play, terrible the next.

Chad Marshall – Marshall has been hurt and probably couldn’t show much in camp. Bradley can’t be happy heading to a World Cup with three of four center backs injured.

Robbie Rogers – Rogers had a decent game last night but loses out to the experienced Beasley.

Eddie Johnson – It’s not immediately clear why Findley was picked over Johnson. Eddie has been scoring for his club while Findley has not. Perhaps Johnson, like Ching, isn’t over his hamstring injury.

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  1. Dan says:

    A little surprised by the Ching exclusion. I always thought he was a gamer.

    • Gringo_Prime says:

      The general consensus does seem to be that Ching’s exclusion was the biggest surprise.

      But I think Marshall’s absence may hurt the most. Even though he may have had the longest shot to make the team, the loss of Marshall means Goodson is the only CB who appears to be 100% at the moment.

      On Saturday we should get to observe the fitness of Bocanegra and DeMerit.

  2. AG says:

    I am also surprised by the Ching exclusion. The US could benefit from a workhorse up top. Also, Rodgers seemed more of a playmaker than anyone else on the field against the CR. That has to count for something.

    • Gringo_Prime says:

      Rogers definitely looked good Tuesday night. Check out his every touch here.

      Like Alejandro Bedoya, he appears to have lost out to Bradley’s decision to bring a fourth forward (Robbie Findley)

  3. bensten says:

    Is Findley really that fast? If so I can see his value in the counter attack, which would have been our approach with Davies.

    Between Gomez and Buddle we might see the high motivation factor. Both will want to prove their selection was not a fluke. They are also not “kids.” Even though they are short on international experience their general maturity could be a positive influence.

    Rogers did look good. Have a feeling will see more of him in future cups, and hopefully around the world in more elite leagues…

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