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Monday, September 14, 2009
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Jozy is a lock
Since first launching it 2005, we've seen 23 Tickets become our most popular feature - so much so, that we've now seen ESPN shamelessly rip off our format. Never fear, though, nothing is ever as good as the original and we're back this month with wholesale changes.

Last time out, we deviated from our normal pattern, and handed out the tickets as we would have if we were in charge.

Now we're back to the regular routine, and prognosticating who we believe head coach Bob Bradley will bring along - assuming he can manage to get the US to South Africa.

Booted from the plane are a host of players headlined by Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasely and Heath Pearce, while Kenny Cooper and Clarence Goodson grab the final two seats over Eddie Johnson and Jonathan Bornstein.

If you agree, disagree or somewhere in between, use our comment feature at the bottom of the article to share your thoughts.

PACK YOUR BAGS, BOYS
Jozy Altidore - F, Sunderland (England)
Hoof it to Jozy will be the theme at Hull this campaign. (RF) The kid doesn't seem to be fading. (BL)
Carlos Bocanegra - D, Rangers (Scotland) on loan from Racing Santander (Spain)
He won't have too many more stinkers like he did against Mexico. (CW) Either at center of left back, he'll be an asset. (RF)
Clint Dempsey - M/F, Fulham (England)
Has Houdini-like ability to appear out of nowhere and make a big play. (IH) Hopefully he doesn't relax after his contract extension with Fulham. (RF)
Landon Donovan - M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)
The one indispensable American field player. (BL) Hope we get Confederations Cup Landon and not World Cup 06 Landon. (IH)
Tim Howard - GK, Everton (England)
Unless he breaks both his arms, he is the #1 keeper. (IH) No brainer. (BS)
Oguchi Onyewu - D, Charlton Athletic (England)
Any yank who plays for AC Milan gets the auto invite. (AB) Even if he warms the bench in Italy, he's still our best center back. (DS)
Charlie Davies - F, Randers FC (Denmark)
What a wonderful last few months for this former Eagle. (RF) On his way to being the most dangerous forward to wear a US jersey. (IH)
Michael Bradley - M, Roma (Italy)
As long as the attitude is in line. (AB) Beginning to display a worrying tendency of disappearing from games. (BL)

NEARLY A LOCK
Brad Guzan - GK, Aston Villa (England)
Bob's boys wouldn't miss a beat with Brad. (AB) Looked great in the Confederations Cup appearance. (IH)
Jay DeMerit - D, Watford (England)
I hope that playing for mediocre Watford won't effect his mentality. (CW) Everyone's favorite former pub leaguer provides a solid presence in the back. (AB)
Benny Feilhaber - M, New England Revolution (USA)
Denmark has put the swerve back in his step. (RF) His hot and cold play has been mostly hot of late. (BL)
Jonathan Spector - D, Birmingham City (England)
It's all looking good Johnny, now please just stay healthy! (DS) Showed he can step up when needed. (AV)

FAIRLY SAFE BET
Steve Cherundolo - D, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Getting less playing time, but he's still a solid vet. (BS) Showed he belongs in the hunt, even after a long injury spell. (DS)
Jermaine Jones - M, Schalke 04 (Germany)
Hopefully he can live up to his hype. (AV) Fortunately the time is near. (DS)
Jose Francisco Torres - M, Tigres UANL (Mexico)
He's going to be picked, but Bradley playing him is a different story. (AV) The fact he can play on left is huge. Not part of CM logjam. (BS)

IN A BATTLE
Stuart Holden - M, Bolton Wanderers (England)
A great Gold Cup has moved him into the mix and into Bradley's sights. (DS) His versatility, hustle, and crossing have made him a good option of the bench. (BL)
- F, () on loan from ()
Will the coaching staff ever realize he is not the next Brian McBride? (IH) Can easily drop off the radar. (AV)
Maurice Edu - M, Stoke City (England)
Is as skilled on the field as he is off it... (AV) ...but has to prove himself again after his injury. (BS)
Ricardo Clark - M, Stabæk (Norway)
Only if Bob Bradley brings three defensive mids... Who am I kidding? Of course he'll bring three. Hell, if he could figure out a way to play them all at the same time he would. (CW)

WORK TO DO
Edgar Castillo - D/M, Atlas (Mexico)
You begged, we forgave you, now you'd better live up to the hype... (DS) We will see soon where he stands. (BS)
Kasey Keller - GK, Seattle Sounders (USA)
Experience and being a good teammate gets the nod. (RF) If for no other reason than to get some Slipknot on the team plane. (CW)
Kenny Cooper - F, Portland Timbers (USA)
I'm not sure if he's winning me over, or if I'm just fed up with the other options... (CW) A year in Germany does the body good. (RF)
Clarence Goodson - D, Brøndby (Denmark)
Outside of the Mexico debacle, liked what he did in the Gold Cup. (AB) It's between Clarence and Chad Marshall for the fourth center back slot. I'm going with the guy who plays in Europe. (CW)
MOVING UP

Alejandro Bedoya - Has become a regular starter for Orebro. Game is on the rise. 2010 might be a breakout year. (AB)

Chad Marshall - A serviceable backup. (BL) Has overtaken Danny Califf in the pecking order. (CW)

Michael Orozco - Has started the latest Mexican tournament en fuego and should earn some looks after the next rounds of qualifiers. (CW)

MOVING DOWN

Freddy Adu - I still have some faith but the coming months at Belenenses will make or break his chance. (DS)

Jonathan Bornstein - He may try hard, but he is simply not international quality. (CW)

Sach Kljestan - Perhaps his hat-trick really was a fluke... (RF)

OTHER BUBBLE BATTLERS

Danny Califf, Conor Casey, Mikkel Diskerud, DaMarcus Beasley, Marcus Hahnemann, Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Johnson, Michael Parkhurst, Heath Pearce, Troy Perkins, Luis Robles, Robbie Rogers

note: Yanks Abroad's Arch Bell, Rich Fidler, Isaac Heath, Brent Latham, Brian Sciaretta, David Smith, Andrew Vorce and Chad Winger compiled this feature.
Sammy Nishi
Wednesday September 16, 2009 9:26 am
Me thinks K-COOPER is the best target man/center forward that the US has had since McBride .. .. If you compare technical skills with someone like Brian Ching, there's no debate who's better .. ..

Now .. .. If anyone agrees with that, and I think Coach Bradley does deep down, what would keep K-COOPER from becoming a fixture in every US Camp?

Is his agent/agency a jerk with USSF, or something like that??

In other words, what outside influences would keep someone away off the USA MNT?

Unless you're like DANNY PENA (days gone by) when Coach Sampson called him into the MNT and Pena replied, "For you? No Thanks!"
pepe
Tuesday September 15, 2009 7:49 am
Dempsey was great over the weekend. Most complete match I have ever seen him play. He is maturing as a player. If you want to look ahead, look at some of the guys who are improving by playing against (and not just training with) top competition. Unfortunately, the list is very, very short.
Freddie
Tuesday September 15, 2009 2:41 am
Jones will probably not suit up for U.S. until November or even January, if that.

I hope we get more Fulham Dempsey than USMNT Dempsey, he simply does not play well in the national team jersey. Partially Bob's fault, partially his own.

The fact that Holden is the first or second sub in the game over Torres should put him ahead of JFT at this point.
Arcticrules
Tuesday September 15, 2009 12:57 am
Keller will not go as the third. We do not need experience at keeper, we have that in Howard and Guzan is getting it. We need youth and someone who will learn from sitting on the bench watching his mentors, Howard and Guzan.
Felipe
Monday September 14, 2009 11:32 pm
In this moment, my roster is:

GK: Howard, Guzan, Perkins

DF: Spector, Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Onyewu, De Merit, Marshall, Castillo

MF: Holden, Dempsey, Donovan, Bradley, Feilhaber, Kljestan, Jones, Torres, Donovan

FW: Davies, Altidore, Adu and Cooper
clarence johnson
Monday September 14, 2009 10:25 pm
All of the bubble picks should revolve around speed. We always look so slow when playing international fixtures.

Ching has plenty of heart but no speed.Same with DeMerit.

Heart puts us out early,speed gives a chance. I hope Oguchi is working on his speed and reaction time in Italy practice team play. he; and Donovan are my keys.
Alex Lozano
Monday September 14, 2009 9:46 pm
Pretty standard & what I would think the roster will look like. I wouldn't put Goodson ahead of Marshall though and I'm hoping that Freddy Adu gets some mojo from playing at Belenenses. I'm also getting very impatient with Dempsey's inconsistency.
Scott
Monday September 14, 2009 9:33 pm
The fact that we can even discuss the "Other Bubble Battlers" bodes well for the MNT. Depth and more importantly competition is on the rise.
Connor
Monday September 14, 2009 7:38 pm
Keller won't be there...give me Perkins.

Please, Ching??? The guy has no role on this team with Altidore and Davies starting. Cooper and EJ please!!

Goodson over Marshall and Califf is surprising...gotta think that Chad will be going overseas sooner rather than later as well.

Bedoya won't be there...he hasn't even been invited to a friendly yet.

Diskerud will only be considered if he has a breakout U20 WC.

Please no Bornstein.
The Donald Trump Wannbe
Monday September 14, 2009 5:43 pm
How Goodso, Marshall, and Beckerman get called up after the Mexico game is unbelievable. Ozrozco is in a league that is much more attacking and harder to defend and so is parkhurst. Also the kid who plays dm for Indios in Mexico has been getting alot of play lately. Beckerman wasnt mentioned but probaly will get called up again.Sickening.
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