BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
With today's announcement of the 2010 World Cup roster, it would be a good time to break down the components of this cycle's team.
This year's team of 23 players comes from 10 different leagues. In doing this, we are going to use the player's most recent club so players like DaMarcus Beasley and Jay DeMerit, who are no longer under contract, are still considered part of the Rangers and Watford, respectively.
The English Premier league is by far the leader with seven current players and an eighth if you include Landon Donovan who played for Everton this season. Surprisingly, the midfield and the defense are predominantly foreign based and each consist of only one current MLS player: Donovan in the midfield and Bornstein in defense.
Here is the breakdown
1 Serie A
1 English Championship
While four current MLS players on a US World Cup roster is a record low since the league's creation in 1996, the league can boast that 17 of the players on the roster have experience in the nation's top domestic league.
Also, NCAA soccer fans will be quick to point out that 15 players on the roster have played college soccer although most did not play four years.
Between MLS and NCAA, 11 players on the 23 man roster have played in both while only Jonathan Spector and Jose Torres have played in neither.
The current US team is very young. Of the 20 field players on the team, only defenders Jay Demerit, Carlos Bocanegra, and Steve Cherundolo are over 30 years old.
Only six players on the roster have played in a World Cup game before and DaMarcus Beasley and Donovan are the only players who received playing time in the 2002 World Cup where the Americans reached the quarterfinals.