BRADLEY NAMES PRELIMINARY ROSTER
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CHAD WINGER - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Charlie Davies will not be heading to South Africa as his name was not on the provisional 30-man World Cup roster released by US head coach Bob Bradley.

Davies was not given medical clearance by French club Sochaux and will not be able to fulfill his near-miraculous recovery from October's car crash.

There were few other surprises on the list, with the possible exception of Real Salt Lake's Robbie Findley or Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall.

Injured Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones did not make the list, while long-term knee victim Oguchi Onyewu was added to the roster.

All 30 players will now report to Princeton, New Jersey for a week-long camp from May 17-23 ahead of two friendlies - against the Czech Republic on May 25th in Hartford, Connecticut and Turkey on May 29th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bradley will need to pare down his submission to a 23-man final roster by June 1.

United States Provisional World Cup Roster

GOALKEEPERS

Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Hahnemann, Marcus Wolverhampton Wanderers (England)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)

DEFENDERS

Bocanegra, Carlos Rennes (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan CD Chivas (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
DeMerit, Jay Watford (England)
Goodson, Clarence IK Start (Norway)
Marshall, Chad Columbus Crew (MLS)
Onyewu,Oguchi AC Milan (Italy)
Pearce, Heath FC Dallas (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)

MIDFIELDERS

Beasley, DaMarcus Rangers (Scotland)
Bedoya, Alejandro Örebro SK (Sweden)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham FC (England)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Feilhaber, Benny AGF Aarhus (Denmark)
Holden, Stuart Bolton Wanders (England)
Kljestan, Sacha CD Chivas (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)

FORWARDS

Altidore, Josmer Villarreal (Spain)
Buddle, Edson LA Galaxy (MLS)
Ching, Brian Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Findley, Robbie Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Gomez, Herculez Puebla (Mexico)
Johnson, Eddie Aris Saloniki (Greece)
BC Britten
Wednesday May 12, 2010 1:25 pm
I like this roster. It shows progress. By my count only 3 to 5 MLSer's will be on the final 23 man roster, one of which is our best player. Almost always world cup rosters are comprised of 3 GK, 8 D, 8 MF & 4 F. This means Bornstien and Pearce are in, as I can't see Bradley going with only three true outside backs. Even though Bocanegra can play outside, Bradley seems to prefer him in the middle. Last D spot will be between Goodson and Marshall, with Goodson getting the nod. Due to the lack of great forward options, I think Bradley goes with 9 MF because both Donovan and Dempsey can play up top. Regardless of Beasley's club situation, I've got to think that his minutes against Holland got him the last MF spot. That leaves two forward spots open after Altidore, one of which will have to go to a target style forward, either Ching or Buddle. My final 23. GK(3) - 3 keepers, D(8) = Boconegra, Onyewu, Spector, Cherundolo, Demerit, Goodson, Bornstein, Pearch, MF(9) Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Edu, Holden, Clark, Feilhauber, Torres, Beasley F(3) Altidore, Buddle, Gomez. This 23 man cup roster has only four MLS players, which is the lowest total since the inception of the league. Even though I love MLS because it provides a starting ground for most of our young talent, let's face it, at this point in time almost none of our national team should be playing in the MLS. From 98' to 02' to 06' to 10' the number of MLSers' has droped. That's progress.
Scout92
Wednesday May 12, 2010 11:50 am
What about COOPER! The squad looks pretty good but its missing some key players, the biggest are ADU & COOPER. Come on Bradley!
killrquad
Wednesday May 12, 2010 9:25 am
INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR THE BAD, why not support who's there and supporting the team as a whole? I wish Charlie Davies was there, because a combination of Davies & Ching or Davies & Altidore (who better mature mentally by 10 years before the WC) gave the US true scoring potential. I haven't seen Beasley play and I missed the US-Holland game, where I read he played very well. Neither Freddy Adu nor Eddie Johnson have played much, so I hope Johnson can capture his old form and make a significant contribution. Oguchi Onyewu is a defender that can make a difference, so I again hope he'll be health enough to start or, at the very least, be able to play enough to help when it matters.

I'm not qualified to coach the US and I don't think anyone else here is. Bradley went to Europe and evaluated the players. Did anyone here do that? Unless you did, Bradley probably picked the 30 best he saw. Maybe there are not your 30 best, but he's the coach so let's believe in who he picked.
cudevil
Wednesday May 12, 2010 8:25 am
Eurofan...let's not get melodramatic. Did you see the US squads in '98 and '06? This is a solid, but not spectacular squad, that is fully capable of making the knockout rounds. It probably has the best overall talent, but lacks a true leader/star, a la Reyna or O'Brien in 2002.
Juan from L.A.
Wednesday May 12, 2010 5:38 am
Listen peeps is sad that CD isnt in the roster but why blame Bradley? After all the truth of the matter is that HE is ultimately responsible because he broke curfew. He should be happy he is alive!!! As far as the list goes this is all we have, if anything of the players missing would be McBride and Adu.
eurofan
Wednesday May 12, 2010 3:28 am
this is by far the worst team ive seen play for the US! the best teams the USA has ever had were 1994 and 2002....its sad to know that after soo long we still have no depth enough to string up better players then chad marshall, brian ching, and bornstein.....i mean come on! if they do make it out the group stage then theyre going to play the likes of serbia, germany, or ghana...have they seen the preliminary roster for those teams! damn! well hopefully gil, hoyos, and the rest of our young players mature into good players....usa is 3 and out. sorry
james
Wednesday May 12, 2010 1:50 am
i know he's young and has no caps to his name at any level, but i would have liked to see tim ream on this list. he's better than bornstein, spector, bocanegra, pearce... other than that thing which i knew was never going to happen, i've become so used to disappointment with this coach that even seeing bornstein on there again can't get me fired up.
Tom
Wednesday May 12, 2010 12:35 am
Taking an injured Brian Ching over Freddy Adu just baffles me. Maybe it is time for US Soccer to bring in some fresh eyes to evaluate our talent, because the current power structure definitely has a lot invested in promoting MLS talent.

On a more optimistic note, is this the most international players the U.S. has ever fielded for a World Cup before? Only 9 MLS players out of 30, with some of them having a very long shot at making the final 23 right now. Oh, and one of those 9 more than held his own in the EPL this year with Everton.
jason
Wednesday May 12, 2010 12:15 am
Time to do some begging to Brian McBride.....just one more time....
duriseti
Tuesday May 11, 2010 11:43 pm
J.D. Springer,

If you are saying it would be politically imprudent to call up Davies, then fine, but saying that he "must be released" by the club to be called up is not accurate. He is not chattel. Sochaux is being conservative, but imprudent. Releasing him to compete for a starting spot is good for the player as a fitness test and for development. If he makes the final squad, is there something better for the development of a young player than running with the boys in a WC?
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