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
Busch, Jon Chicago Fire (MLS)
Perkins, Troy Valerenga (Norway)
Robles, Luis Kaiserslautern (Germany)
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
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)
Adu, Freddy Benfica (Portugal)
Ching, Brian Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny FC Dallas (MLS)
Davies, Charlie Hammarby (Sweden)
Quaranta, Santino DC United (MLS)