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.


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


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)


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)


Altidore, Jozy Vilarreal (Spain)
Findley, Robbie Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Buddle, Edson LA Galaxy (MLS)
Gomez, Herculez Pachuca (Mexico)
Wednesday May 26, 2010 6:49 pm
I actually thought that Robbie Rogers did a more than average performance. He attacked and distributed the ball evenly. Holden did an excellent job I think playing and the energy he had was very great to see. Pearce was just terrible and Bedoya was a non factor (I was disappointed I expected more)

Herculez Gomez did a good job with his performance, especially with the goal. I'm not a big Ching fan, but he actually did well. Johnson needs to do well to be even considered for the next cycle.

Goodson did a really good job especially in the air and the clearances. Bornstein was just HORRIBLE! He can get away with his talent against the likes of Barbados or El Salvador, but not against England, Slovenia, and Algeria. This is the World Cup and one mistake can cost you a spot to the second round.

Sidenote: Who do you see coming up for the 2014 WC cycle?
Wednesday May 26, 2010 6:33 pm
It is really sad we don't have Jones, Adu and Davies on this team. All the talk about Ching and Findley is boring. These two guys clearly are good MLS players. We are talkin GOOD MLS players here!! Not World Cup players. World Cup starters will make our USMNT look meek. We dont control the ball, we don't dribble aggressively at defenders. our passing game on the offensive side of the field is lame at best. We don't draw fouls well and yet dish out awkward foul attempts which cause lots of yellow and red cards. Without Jones,Adu and Davies what type of offense are we looking to use? Altidore can score, but only if another forward or midfielder can thread good passes to him. Hopefully Dempsey gets moved to forward. This team offensively is not gonna strike fear in the hearts of any top 10 WC team. Who thinks we can score more than 3 goals in the total tourney?! Donovan has already shown twice what he can do at a WC.......not a whole lot.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 6:07 pm
Without Ching, there is no target player up top to hold the ball and allow the mids to get into the mix in the final third. He may not be McBride, but he is the only alternative for that role. Gomez gets cut by Kansas City where EJ scored so many goals he got a ticket to Europe. He has been playing very well for Aris. He has more goals for the Nats than the entire roster of forwards. A 20 year old is our veteran leadership. The back four is no longer the major concern. Move Dempsey or Donovan up top and it weakens the midfield. Buddle should pair with Altidore because at least Donovan knows how to link up with him.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 6:03 pm
Big surprise to me was Rogers. All those putting DeMerit as a starter, he has a depth perception problem which could cause him to misjudge crosses. Starting back 4:

Cherundolo Gooch/Goodson (depending on Gooch's heath) Boca Spector
Charlie G.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 5:38 pm
Watching last night I thought that Bob needs to find a way to get Torres on the field practically the whole match. He tracks back, and he earns space for himself by his skill on the ball - didn't we seem to be able to play more through the center of the field with Torres on ? Maybe I'm making too much of this.

Altidore - Gomez
Dempsey - Donovan - Holden
Boca - Demerit/Gooch - Spector
Wednesday May 26, 2010 5:30 pm
Everyone please hush!! Ching is garbage. please leave the garbage where is suppose to be. Now I believe Gomez did an excellent job, he has a nose for the goal, and thats exactly what we need, No dribling skills but has a nose for the goal, had plenty of touches WHICH means he is a hustler and not a lazy player. Now on Defense, Clarense Goodson did a superb job, lets see if he make the starting line.

I hope coach BB tries starts with his Final line on Sat. against Turkey

Altidore, Gomez
Dempsey,Bradley,Clark,Donovan (Edu for Clark to see who fits better)
Demerit,Gooch,Bocanegra,Spector (If any looks bad, put Goodson right in)

Who agrees? if you don't agree you don't know squat about soccer...
Wednesday May 26, 2010 5:07 pm
I'm surprised that Ching wasn't included, and am surprised that Bornstein made it.
left backs are Bobs legacy
Wednesday May 26, 2010 4:57 pm
Pleased Ching was left off, i'd also have included Bedoya over Beasley who again played with his back to the opposing goal last night. Beasley simply can't beat anyone at this point and has nothing to give offensively.

Because Bradley has refused to give other left backs trials in the last 2 years he was left with either picking Bornstein or Pearce, we simply don't have anyone else who's experienced if Bocanegra isn't healthy on the left. Bradley has had countless friendlies and camps over this qualification to get other left backs involved and has failed to do so.

If Bornstein sees the field, he'll cost the US the game. This is on Bradley.

We need to see a healthy back four Saturday vs. Turkey.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 4:56 pm
I don't know what game folks watched last night, but Ching was not creating chances. As usual, he positioned himself poorly, he was caught offside several times, and didn't know what to do with the ball when he got it.

He has a great work rate and I'm sure he's a nice guy, but he is 32 and slow as a striker. Even in his prime, he was not a starter for the US. Give other kids the experience to start building for the future

This is the best squad available to Bradley, minus Beasley who looked timid on the ball
Wednesday May 26, 2010 4:36 pm
Jozy - Dempsey

Donovan - Edu - Bradley - Holden

Boca - Gooch - DeMerit - Spector


Dempsey plays essentially CAM/withdrawn F hybrid, playing behind the ball as much as possible to help bolster the shaky defense. Gooch isn't 100% yet, but we still need him out there, IMO.

Torres/Beasley/Gomez as top 3 off the bench.
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