US NAME EXPERIMENTAL GOLD CUP TEAM
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RICH FIDLER - Thursday, June 25, 2009
Head coach Bob Bradley, in the midst of preparing for the 2009 Confederations Cup Final, has announced his 23-man roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup to be played in early July.

The American will open the tournament against the tiny island of Grenada on Independence Day, July 4th, at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington.

Grenada features New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Jospeh, a current teammate of Revolution Jay Heaps and former teammate of New England ace Michael Parkhurst who now plays for FC Nordsjaelland - and are on the US roster.

Bradley is brining four players from the roster that saw the American's advance to a FIFA event for the first time in their history. Midfielder Freddy Adu, defender Heath Pearce and goalkeeper Luis Robles have not seen any time in the competition but were named to the roster.

Hammarby striker Charlie Davies, with a goal against Egypt in group play and an inspiring performance in the upset of world number one Spain, will also head stateside following the final on Sunday to lead the US in the Gold Cup.

Fifteen of the players named to the roster are currently playing for a franchise in Major League Soccer and 16 of the 23 have seen the field fewer than five times for the US Men's National Team. Of those 16, seven have yet to don the jersey for the Red, White and Blue and will be looking for this first cap.

Following their west coast tilt against Grenada the US will head to RFK Stadium in Washington, DC to face Honduras on July 8th. They'll round out group play against Haiti three days later at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

USMNT Roster for 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Goalkeepers

Busch, Jon Chicago Fire (MLS)
Perkins, Troy Valerenga (Norway)
Robles, Luis Kaiserslautern (Germany)

Defenders

Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Conrad, Jimmy Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence Start (Norway)
Heaps, Jay New England Revolution (MLS)
Marshall, Chad Columbus Crew (MLS)
Parkhurst, Michael FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark)
Pearce, Heath unattached

Midfielders

Arnaud, Davy Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Beckerman, Kyle Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Clark, Colin Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Cronin, Sam Toronto FC (MLS)
Evans, Brad Seattle Sounders FC (MLS)
Holden, Stuart Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Pause, Logan Chicago Fire (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)

Forwards

Adu, Freddy Benfica (Portugal)
Ching, Brian Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny FC Dallas (MLS)
Davies, Charlie Hammarby (Sweden)
Quaranta, Santino DC United (MLS)
Jaspermerc
Monday June 29, 2009 9:45 pm
Totally agree that Kljestan can't play at the full international level and Torres can. He was easily the most productive player against Costa Rica and has earned more playing time with the senior team. What gives Coach B?
B Small
Monday June 29, 2009 1:10 pm
@dikranovich

Let me get this straight, you are saying Torres is the reason the US lost those games? Your logic is so flawed. Torres started a meaningless game against T&T when the US had qualified for the final round of WCQ. As far as the Costa Rica game, he played well and Bob Bradley took him out.

Torres has shown that he belongs on the USMNT and can be a valuable asset to this team when played. The problem is that Bradley believes in the wrong players like Feilhaber, Mastroeni, and Kljestan. None of whom should see more playing time than Torres.

This US squad going into this Gold Cup is just that, experimental. I personally think that Bradley needs to build on what was accomplished during the Confederations Cup and bring more "A" team players for this tournament as well. The US should be using this tournament as an opportunity to build chemistry between the players and define roles for players.

None the less, I hope to see Adu get a lot of playing time this tournament.
Dylema
Saturday June 27, 2009 5:28 pm
Torres puts in a solid performance every time I see him.He should be an option for the full senior team and defiantly in the line-up for a tournament like this. We are a little short on attacking creative mid fielders with his ability. Adu is a similar player but not quite as polished at this point.

It seems as Benny has taken the #1 spot for attacking mid's which only begs the question why not have Torres have a shot to prove him self.
dikranovich
Saturday June 27, 2009 12:39 pm
have you kids not understood that torres has started two games for the usa and both of them have been losing efforts. costa rica was a tough game, but how about on the road in t&t, this was torres other start and guess what, usa lost. torres may be good, but he is going to have to find his role with this team. pachuga may be a good team, but they are no us mens team.

nevin subotic never declared his intent to play for the usa senior team, jermaine jones has done so and when he is available he will get the call.

and sam cronin is going to dominate this gold cup.
dikranovich
Saturday June 27, 2009 11:39 am
have you kids not understood that torres has started two games for the usa and both of them have been losing efforts. costa rica was a tough game, but how about on the road in t&t, this was torres other start and guess what, usa lost. torres may be good, but he is going to have to find his roll with this team. pachuga may be a good team, but they are no us mens team.

nevin subotic never declaired his intent to play for the usa senior team, jermaine jones has done so and when he is available he will get the call.

and sam cronin is going to dominate this gold cup
paul lorinczi
Saturday June 27, 2009 7:39 am
@john

I agree with you. It seems politics does have its place in US Soccer, unless you are a foreign kid declaring your love for your Father's country.

As for Torres, he is not a product of US Soccer. He comes from the other side of the railroad tracks. You know, the place where there is real Soccer culture in this country taking place.

Why has Michael Bradley been given all the time to develop and other players have not? Oh....his Dad is the coach. If Freddy had been given the same opportunities with the senior team, you think he could be even starting for his club team now?

I agree, BB goes with guys he is comfortable with.
goof chewy
Friday June 26, 2009 8:27 pm
Also, speaking of non-MLS players, why not Jared Jeffrey, who plays for Club Brugge? Every one of Bradley's picks for midfield are from the MLS.
goof chewy
Friday June 26, 2009 8:21 pm
I sure hope Torres gets some major playing time against Brazil on Sunday, because otherwise Bradley is needlessly giving the shaft to one of our better young players.
joe4usa
Friday June 26, 2009 6:54 pm
Why is Bradley stil coaching? When he announched this team the head of US soccer should have fired him on the spot. If he's going to use an experimental team then bring in those Young European players. I have a bad feeling when Jones from Germany is deemed eligable to play for the US! It's going to be Nevin Sobtic all over again!
happyjuggler0
Friday June 26, 2009 1:47 am
There is no way that BB will start Torres on Sunday. It will be Feilhaber and Clark.

Torres is BB's scapegoat for Costa Rica.

Bob Bradley needs to be fired. Sadly/happily his team are bailing him out with their performances in the last two games *despite* the coach, not because of him.

Some of us have been calling for Boca to be played at LB for a couple of years now, with DeMerit in center with Gooch, and Spector at RB. Not to mention Jozy at forward and Davies too. BB simply sucks as coach....
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