US ANNOUNCES ROSTER FOR FRIENDLIES
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RICH FIDLER - Monday, November 9, 2009
US Soccer head coach Bob Bradley has released his 22-man roster that will face fellow World Cup qualifiers Slovakia and Denmark in Europe starting later this week.

The roster includes a pair from English Premier club Fulham FC, with regular performer Clint Dempsey being joined by striker Eddie Johnson.

The former FC Dallas and Kansas City Wizard's striker hasn't scored for the Red, White and Blue since a 6-0 thrashing of Barbados in June of 2008.

Major League soccer is well represented with three players each from FC Dallas and the reigning MLS Cup champions, the Columbus Crew. Chad Marshall, Robbie Rogers and Frankie Hejduk joined the squad after Columbus' disappointing first round play-off exit while Heath Pearce, Jeff Cunningham and Dax McCarty came from Dallas.

This will be the first national team appearance since 2005 for Cunningham, the leading scorer in MLS this season, and the first full national team call-up for McCarty. Pearce rejoins the fold after an extended absence during the qualifying campaign.

Hull City's Jozy Altidore will join the team in Slovakia and will be joined by Rennes' Bocanegra, the only other player who played in each of the ten hexagon qualifiers.

They'll open up play with the match against Slovakia on Saturday, November 14th in Bratislava and wrap up the two-game trip with a visit to NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday, November 18th.

Bradley has announced that he might consider making changes to the roster following the match-up against Slovakia.

US Roster for Slovakia and Denmark Friendlies

Goalkeepers

Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Hahnemann, Marcus Wolverhampton (England)
Perkins, Troy Valerenga (Norway)

Defenders

Bocanegra, Carlos Rennes (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan CD Chivas (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover 96 (Germany)
Conrad, Jimmy Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence IK Start (Norway)
Hejduk, Frankie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Marshall, Chad Columbus Crew (MLS)
Pearce, Heath FC Dallas (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)

Midfielders

Bradley, Michael Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Feilhaber, Benny AGF Aarhus (Denmark)
Kljestan, Sacha CD Chivas (MLS)
McCarty, Dax FC Dallas (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)

Forwards

Altidore, Jozy Hull City (England)
Casey, Conor Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Cunningham, Jeff FC Dallas (MLS)
Johnson, Eddie Fulham (England)
Jose
Thursday November 12, 2009 10:11 pm
Yes ,I think we can have a better coach ,, Bradley is not ready for a Word Cup ,but thats what we have now ,, lets hope for the best and stand behind our team ,,,
kerlon
Thursday November 12, 2009 1:15 pm
Stop bashing bradley. Yes we all wish we had a better coach, but the man has done a solid job. BTW, castillo and torres are absent because of team duties on the verge of mexican playoffs. The same reason why clark and Holden were left out-team duties/playoffs.

We should take a look at Marcus Tracy though.
C.C.
Thursday November 12, 2009 12:07 pm
@Charlie D.

The anti-Bradley derangement insults the intelligence of the silent majority of US Soccer fans. The fact is that he has had a successful year finishing top of the qualifying group and getting us to the finals of a UEFA competition for the first time ever. I don't agree with all of his decisions myself...and I too would like a closer look at the two players in question. However, BB has his reasons for the choices he makes, reasons which to which we are not privy. He doesn't have to answer to keyboard koaches any more than your local NFL team has to answer fans who petition for the backup quarterback to play. The level of accountability is exactly the same. The fact here that so-called fans are STILL trying to blame Bradley for the Davies situation should tell you that the hatred of the man has gone to a completely irrational level.
dikranovich
Thursday November 12, 2009 9:31 am
coach bradley is the best. seriously people, we have a princeton graduate coaching our soccer team. that is an ivy league school, that has had faculty, the likes of alfred einstein. this man oozes soccer and his son is a heck of a player and his son is great, not because of some god given ability, the likes of which are gifted to people like ronaldinho, no junior bradley has desire and a sharp mind, just like his father. junior bradley is pretty agressive also and that is why he can make some careless plays, but his positives far outweight his negatives.

junior is the kog of the team at borussa m'gladbach and when the coach sat him down for a couple of weeks, it only lasted a game or so and junior was right back in there and the team was better and is better with him on the pitch. i mean really, why should a coach not have his favorite players that he can call on to help implement his game plan and style. in fact ever good coach, pretty much in every sport has his favorite players.

this usa team is eager to get into the top ten fifa rankings and we have been flirting with the top ten for several months and a couple of wins on european soil would seal the deal. a win and a tie would also do the trick, but an emphatic statement could be sent and if it is done without landon, well then that really spells danger for some teams this summer.
Charlie D.
Thursday November 12, 2009 9:19 am
@C.C.

Why shouldn't we demand accountability from the USSF? Fact is, the dude has a point. Whether Bradley is the coach until at least after SA 2010 should not give him free reign to ignore viable options nor should the USSF ignore fan sentiment. Also, keep the insults for another board.
C.C.
Thursday November 12, 2009 12:26 am
"In ANY other sport, if the fans were clamoring for a certain player to be included in the roster, your team what have to address the issue.

— 'Fire Bob Bradley' on Facebook"

Huh? With all due respect, you are out of your mind. NEWSFLASH: Bob Bradley is your national trainer for the next 8 months. Find another hobby until after the World Cup!
Fire Bob Bradley on Facebook
Wednesday November 11, 2009 2:33 pm
Doug:

I don't really think that is a terrible idea. The guy obviously lost his form a while back, but now that he is seemingly recovered from injury and is getting time with Rangers, I see no reason not to give him a look as he has had previous success with the MNT. I also think the inclusion of Cunningham is a nice selection. We are very week at the striker position, especially now that CD went down. Although he has had an opportunity with the MNT prior to this, he has been on a tear of late, lets see if his form carries over.

What gets my panties in a bunch are the retreads that have failed to impress at every turn, are not playing with any noticeable increase in confidence or form and yet still get called up (ala EJ, Sasha, Heydude). As far as I can tell there has been no official explanation from USSF as to why Torres and Castillo were not included. At that is simply for the fact that they do not give a $#!^ what you and I think. In ANY other sport, if the fans were clamoring for a certain player to be included in the roster, your team what have to address the issue.
Doug
Wednesday November 11, 2009 12:04 pm
I know that this is going to get me lynched, but I'd kind of like to see DeMarcus get another shot. He's starting to get a little more playing time for Rangers and maybe, just maybe, his performance the first half of the year was a result of the long recovery time for the knee injury. He played the whole 2nd half on Sunday and it seems like he got lots of touches and was around the ball. It seems like other people who have had major knee surgery may come back after six or seven months, but it's usually 12 to 18 months before they're fully recovered.
Coach Beck
Wednesday November 11, 2009 9:11 am
Coach-

A 3-5-2 is not even possible....really? Are you sure thats not just your opinion, I mean I can see alot of 5th midfielders I'd rather see on the pitch than a fourth back especially left back, just play two holding mids and lets see? Besides we beat Mexico in seoul playing a 3-5-2 and it was one of the better attacking and controlling efforts we I have seen us produce. But thanks I do appreciate the reply!
J.D. Springer
Wednesday November 11, 2009 8:57 am
Can somebody tell me why my Dax McCarty-related post was taken down but the stuff ripping Bob Bradley and others wasn't?
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