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
Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Hahnemann, Marcus Wolverhampton (England)
Perkins, Troy Valerenga (Norway)
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)
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)
Altidore, Jozy Hull City (England)
Casey, Conor Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Cunningham, Jeff FC Dallas (MLS)
Johnson, Eddie Fulham (England)