BRADLEY NAMES 23 MAN ROSTER
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
US national team head coach Bob Bradley today unveiled his final 23 man roster that will play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup which begins next month in South Africa.

A little over two weeks ago, Bradley announced a thirty man provisional roster to take part in a camp at Princeton University and play in a friendly against the Czech Republic.

After a 4-2 loss in that game, Bradley has made the seven cuts and the World Cup roster is now complete.

At forward, Bradley trimmed the six players on the initial list to four and released Eddie Johnson and Brian Ching. Ching comes as perhaps the most surprising cut from the initial 30 man roster.

Last year the veteran Ching fell out of favor with Bradley and earlier this year, suffered a hamstring injury, however last night the native Hawaiian played well up top with Herculez Gomez and was part of several scoring opportunities.

Still, most thought Ching would make the squad and provide veteran leadership to the team in South Africa.

On the roster, Gomez and Findley will surely be considered the most surprising players on this roster with neither having been in consideration during World Cup qualifying.

Gomez's play with Puebla in 2010 as well as a strong camp and a goal in last night's friendly forced Bradley's hand.

For Findley, he comes into roster having won a MLS Cup with Real Salt Lake. The speedy forward had only one cap entering into 2010 and that was in a 2007 friendly against Switzerland.

Of the four forwards on the roster, Gomez, Buddle and Findley were not part of World Cup qualifying.

In the midfield, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers, and Alejandro Bedoya were released back to their clubs. After entering into 2010 as an uncapped player, Bedoya made a strong push in recent months but his effort fell just short. The Weston, Florida native looks to be a key player with the start of the 2014 cycle beginning in just a few months.

On defense, Bradley released Chad Marshall and Heath Pearce. This comes as no surprise as Pearce had a very poor outing against the Czech Republic and Marshall was unable to see action in the game.

Injuries and fitness will be of top concern as Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu and Jay Demerit have all missed games recently.

The US will be looking to rebound next month in South Africa after a poor World Cup four years ago in Germany when the Americans failed to advance out of group play. On the 23 man roster, only six players have played in a World Cup game before.

The complete US World Cup team will play their first of two friendlies this Saturday in Philadelphia when they face Turkey. After arriving in South Africa, the Americans are scheduled to play one last friendly against Australia in Roodepoort on June 5th before beginning Group C play on June 12th versus England.

GOALKEEPERS

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

DEFENDERS

Bocanegra, Carlos Rennes (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan Chivas USA (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
DeMerit, Jay Watford (England)
Goodson, Clarence IK Start (Norway)
Onyewu,Oguchi AC Milan (Italy)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)

MIDFIELDERS

Beasley, DaMarcus (unattached)
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)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)

FORWARDS

Altidore, Jozy Vilarreal (Spain)
Findley, Robbie Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Buddle, Edson LA Galaxy (MLS)
Gomez, Herculez Pachuca (Mexico)
MARTIN
Thursday May 27, 2010 9:14 am
I would have dropped Bornstein and Gooch kept Bedoya and Rogers ( make him play left back). I don't know if Gooch can "play himself into shape" in the time and games we have left.

Otherwise it looks fine. Bradley is proving himself to be a fine coach, which makes sense since this is what he has spent the last 4 years building up to.
Juanito
Thursday May 27, 2010 1:01 am
Overall pretty good selections. Bradley selected the best players available to him. I surprised to see Ching didn't get selected, but it's the right decisions. He just isn't international quality. I don't think Gomez should start. I think he is the perfect super sub and I think he will come off the bench and score a couple.
Jordan
Wednesday May 26, 2010 11:06 pm
Personally, I'm extremely pleased with the selection. Both Buddle and Gomes played with heart last night, if nothing else and I was happy to see them in the squad. I'm may be a bit dillusional, but I kinda think Pearce's play last night put Bornstein in the 23. And while I may have previously preferred Pearce to JB, last night's performance made me think its a toss-up. Decision making is suspect between both, but I think JB has a higher workrate. Certainly no need for another CB since we could slot Boca in the middle if fitness really gets that bad so Marshall was a safe cut.

There is one disappointment in all of this for me (kinda). With BB taking 4 up top, it would suggest to me that Clint will be playing on the right rather than up top with Jozy. Personally, I'd much prefer him up with Holden playing on the wing. On the other hand, Ching, while I'm sure he's a really nice guy, was appropriately left off. I wish folks would quit talking about Adu. He doesn't deserve a spot and he's a far too selfish player to do jack-anything at the WC.
jlundigard
Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:46 pm
@muchadu "Donovan has already shown twice what he can do at a WC.......not a whole lot."

Guess you didn't watch the 2002 WC.
Arlington, MA
Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:27 pm
Overall, I am pleased with the 23 selection. I was rooting for Bedoya over Beasley, but am okay w/ Beasley so long as he doesn't start and continues to regain his 2002 form.

I'm ecstatic that Johnson was not chosen. His time and opportunity has come and passed. I'm thrilled about Gomez and Buddle and surprised about Ching. You cannot argue with Gomez/Buddle's goal scoring in this and last year. Ching on the other hand, doesn't score even if he's a good hold up player. I'm okay that Ching didn't make it.

I'm hot on Torres and Goodson, and would like to see more of them. I disagree with the comments that suggest moving Dempsey to forward. I'd like to see a secure midfield w/ him and Donovan on the outside. W/ CMF alternating between Bradley, Torres, Edu, and Clark - I feel good. Edu could also be pulled back to center back if injuries do not clear up.

For game one against England, I like Spector (west ham) at left back.

Buddle-Altidore

Donovan-Bradley-Clark-Dempsey

Spector-Bocanegra-DeMerit-Cherundolo

Howard

(first Subs: Goodson, Edu, Torres, or Gomez)
nate
Wednesday May 26, 2010 10:12 pm
JayPAY, DeMerit at LB? You probably shouldn't be judging others' knowledge.

I agree completely with the line of the usual suspects, Holden on the right, and Dempsey just behind Jozy. I'd give Dempsey a free role to go where he pleases.

With Donovan on the left, this will help to deal w/ the speed issues of England, and he's much better on the flanks anyway.

I think with Ching, what it came down to was fitness. He seemed gassed after just 45 mins, and unlike Onyewu, he's not that vital to the team. Gooch's got another 3 weeks or so to get prepared, so I won't start worrying until I see his form against Australia.

I'm pleased with the choices, and I do think this is the best team available to Bradley.

About Beasley, the reason he wasn't going forward is that he was constantly tracking back in support of Bornstein. Which is exactly what he should've been doing. That's what makes him a valuable addition to the side, since that left side is unquestionably the weakest side. I'm not sure why so many people don't understand why Beasley plays as he does.
Jeff
Wednesday May 26, 2010 9:04 pm
"Donovan has already shown twice what he can do at a WC.......not a whole lot"

Did...... did you even watch the '02 world cup??????
blastmastachem
Wednesday May 26, 2010 8:29 pm
My starting XI

Alitdore - Gomez

Donovan - Bradley - Torres - Dempsey

Bocanegra - Onyewu - Spector - Cherundolo

Howard

Ching should never have made the 30 man squad. He's junk and has no pace. Torres needs to start. He the only center mid that has skill on the ball and can create space for himself and others. Dempsey must always start in the midfield and can be moved up to forward with Alitdore only when needed late in the game. I wouldn't mind seeing the US try the diamond in the midfield with Torres at the top and Bradley at the bottom defending. Our defense is strong. I don't think it really matters who starts there as long as they play as a team on the back line. I think its a great squad, although I would have loved to see Davies on the 30 man squad instead of Ching. Charlie at least deserved that! But, I think Gomez is going to blend in great!
IntheLou
Wednesday May 26, 2010 8:16 pm
Those who don't think Jozy does dirty, hold-up work didn't watch his Hull games. That's all he did there, and the criticism was that he didn't score goals. He did do a good job against topflight competition of holding up the ball and drawing key fouls. His problem now is maturity. When we're playing in the championship match against Italy, we may have to make sure Gooch keeps an eye out for someone making a comment about his sister!
John
Wednesday May 26, 2010 7:22 pm
Everyone that is on the Ching bandwagon please get off. I would love to be enlightened as to why he deserves a spot. Yes Findley is very unproven in the international level but he is the future and I highly doubt he will touch the field. Buddle had way more energy that EJ last night. Buddle and Gomez came in and won it out right. They're fit and scoring goals.

Defensively it was garbage besides Goodson. I wouldn't be surprised to see him playing somewhere on the backline if Gooch isn't 90-95%.

Other bright spots last night: Torres and Holden these guys can play. The will see time on the pitch in SA.
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