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)
Ilya
Tuesday May 11, 2010 11:22 pm
To Bovver: Did you see our game vs Holland. Beasley was one of the best. Come on guys! DMB is a special player when he is not put in the LB place.
Bovver
Tuesday May 11, 2010 10:50 pm
How does and why is Beasley still getting on the roster??? He couldn't find the back of the net if his life depended on it, not anymore at least. Sometimes it looks like he's wearing his boots on the wrong foot. He hasn't been in form for a long time. There seems to be a major shortage of strikers, someone should email the link to this site over to BB. This way he can look at the list of players abroad.
braveden
Tuesday May 11, 2010 8:24 pm
I am dismayed that Davies wasn't called up. Clubs can't restrict player call ups to national team games, so it's a silly distraction/excuse to mention Sochaux' comments on withholding medical clearance as the reason Bradley didn't select Davies. Even if he couldn't play 15 minutes late in a game, I think he'd give the team a huge inspirational morale boost as the 23rd man.

Otherwise, I find a few disappointments, but -- given recent squad and starter selections -- no big surprises. Would be nice to have a couple of players whose creativity or drive could make them good 75th minute game-changing subs on the bench. If not Davies, then Adu or Cooper seem to have shown this talent in the past. Hopefully we'll see Torres, Bedoya, Gomez and Benny make the 23, as they may be as close as we get to that element.

Sasha, Beasely, and Bornstein have proven repeatedly they are liabilities on the int's stage this past year. Our coach is a loyal/MLS coach, so maybe his nod to them largely reflects those tendencies before the vital selection occurs at month-end. I would think Marshall and Findley, and probably Ching and Buddle, made the 30-man squad simply as backups in case injuries take out those clearly above them on the depth chart.

No doubt a healthy Jones and Davies should start for us (and at least half the other national teams contending), but apparently they just couldn't get fit in time...
J.D. Springer
Tuesday May 11, 2010 8:06 pm
Everyone who's posting that Davies should have been on the roster either didn't read the USSF release or this story. Sochaux DID NOT GIVE HIM MEDICAL CLEARANCE. They own his contract and did not release him. If he's coming off an injury like this, they have the contractual right to tell him he can't play until they determine he's fully fit, and that is what they appear to be doing.

There are two things I do hope happen(ed) with Charlie:

1. I hope Bradley spoke to him directly about the situation. As hard as he's worked, Charlie deserves at least a lengthy phone call if not the respect of a face-to-face.

2. If he's willing to go, they must find a way to bring him along to SA -- not as a player but as part of the team's traveling party. He obviously can't sit with the coaches and subs during matches, but he should be at the stadium if he wants to make the trip. He may not be able to handle sitting there and not being able to play, but I'm sure it would mean a lot to the squad to have him there.
cudevil
Tuesday May 11, 2010 7:49 pm
Tommy,

Name the other strikers that would deserve to be above Altidore. Altidore would have to suffer an injury in order to be left off. Without Davies, he's also pretty much guaranteed to start.
2cool
Tuesday May 11, 2010 7:05 pm
Alright lets talk about who won't be on the 23 man list. Defense: Bornstein, Marshall out, Midfield: Clark, Kljestan, and Rogers out, finally at the forward position: Findley, and unfortantly Ching. In the case of Davies I would have loved to have seen him selected. If only he had used better judgement that fateful night. Growing up can be tough.
Carlos
Tuesday May 11, 2010 6:50 pm
Is it me or does the USSF find a way to disappoint its fans? I don't know why people are so supportive of Adu? He hasn't done anything! I would find it unfair to select him over Bedoya, Holden, etc. He'll have his chance for the next WC cycle....
duriseti
Tuesday May 11, 2010 6:18 pm
Leaving Davies off is a big mistake. Let him prove his worth in camp. He has a striker's heart: fearless and self-confident. That's why he finishes with such a high probability.

Eddie Johnson plays nervously, too conservatively, and fearfully when he plays in international games. Who's he going to scare? All he does is tap the ball back every chance he gets. Unless his game has changed a lot, he never makes many positive plays on the ball.

Maybe he's changed.

Putting Ching on that list to compete (nagging hamstring along with older age and brick-like touch) and leaving Davies off is outrageous.
No depth No imagination
Tuesday May 11, 2010 5:51 pm
Just another example of how conservative with no imagination the USSF coaching staff is. If recycling Besley, EJ, Ching, Findley, Kljsten, Bornstien and going out on a limb is bringing in Gomez, Buddle, Rogers, Pearce & Marshall it just shows how limited our depth still is.

I'm very happy to see Bedoya on the list. Wish they would have included another young guy. Maybe even taken a reach on someone like Hoyos. Actively playing on one of the best teams in Argentina has to be worth something. The fact that slow of foot, internationally, Clark is going to have the oppurtunity to get a Red card makes for very depressing prospects.
Tommy
Tuesday May 11, 2010 5:30 pm
I am not sure why everyone is mentioning Jozy as if he is a lock. One goal at the Confed Cup last year and one goal on his club team do not necessarily translate to a guarenteed spot. He has to compete for his spot just like everyone else does. From what I have heard of his work ethic, he better be in camp to impress.
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