BRENT LATHAM - Friday, June 20, 2008
Freddy could get the start
The United States has called in a host of new players for the second leg of its clash with Barbados in Bridgetown this Sunday.
The match, to played at Kensington Oval on the Caribbean Island, will feature some new faces as head coach Bob Bradley released ten players back to their clubs from the squad that beat the Bajans with a record 8-0 scoreline in the first leg last week.
Players released included goalscorers Landon Donovan, Brian Ching, and Clint Dempsey, as well as right back regular Steve Cherundolo.
Additionally, goalkeeper Tim Howard is still out with a bad back, and Eddie Johnson has been ruled out due to sickness.
Several of the Europe-based internationals, who have been with the team for almost a month now, since before the clash with England in late May, remain with the team. Among the ironmen are Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Lewis, Heath Pearce and Oguchi Onyewu, who have played in all four matches since the end of the European season.
Carlos Bocanegra will also take part, having just secured his club future after reportedly signing with Rennes in France.
In his continuing struggle to balance national team commitments and MLS games, Bradley has added several players from MLS franchises Chicago Fire and CD Chivas, which played on Thursday night and do not have a match this weekend.
Sasha Kljestan and Brad Guzan have been recalled from Chivas. Representing Chicago are Chris Rolfe and surprise call up John Thorrington. Chad Barrett will also be looking to impress his way into the team for the upcoming Olympic tournament.
Danny Szetela from Brescia in the Italian league has also been called into camp.
The US will only need to avoid a cataclysmic reverse to move on to the CONCACAF semifinal round which begins in September.