BRADLEY NAMES 23 MAN ROSTER
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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)
aross
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:41 pm
I am definitley shocked to see Bornstein on the roster. Aside from the late goal against Costa Rica, he has been horrible for a long time.

It's hard to not be really nervous about this defense.
clarence
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:40 pm
Whomever,Whenever, However!

Mr. Bob is our coach. The coach picks his players. I am a fan. I support him.

Let's friggin' get it on, men.
Deaf65
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:33 pm
Overall, I am pleased with his selections. But Jonathan Borstein must NEVER enter any match when it is not decided yet. He has a wonderful ability to impact the team's chances in the match and that is a loss, especially against high quality team. About Ching and Findley, I would prefer Ching because of his intangibles. I don't think Findley will play much as he is easily the 5th forward, considering Dempsey will be a forward, for sure. And I am extremely happy that Torres was selected! I have a feeling that he will make a positive impact in one of those matches. Anyone here think Bornstein should only during the mop up time? When he enter the match when it is undecided, my heartbeat will escalate! *groans*
paul lorinczi
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:24 pm
I was as surprised as anyone.

This is what we have and it's probably time to move on and support our team.

Frankly, I don't think the forward position is our problem. I think our defense is very shaky. Cherundolo did not look sharp. His distribution out of the back was suspect. The left back situation is still a question mark. Our box defense was non-existent. Why are 4 of our defenders standing in a line, where were the triangles in the box? (Hasn't anyone been watching what Morinho has his defense do?) Onyewu was very mechanical in his play. We need to pray he is match fit come June 12th.
Will
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:20 pm
You have to be kidding me!!!!!!! Jonathan Bornstein is on the roster. Bob, Did you see the game yesterday? I supposed you did, you were in the bench. JB was abused yesterday, he is not ready for big time competition. He is underweight, underskill.....HE IS NOT READY!!!!!!! I guest when he makes a big time mistake in the WC you will realize that.
dave
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:17 pm
I hate to tell ya'll, but Findley is NOT fast....maybe slightly quick. Robbie Rogers runs circles around him. BUST OF A PICK
mmee
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:15 pm
@seriously-
I agree; begrudgingly though because Ching never seems to generate shots and isn't the greatest player [even if he's a class act]. The biggest surprise on the roster is Findley over Ching, both in terms of predicting the coach, and in terms of quality since Ching played well enough yesterday and Findley has looked like a ghost out there lately. They're different types, so that tells you something. BB went for a speed-merchant sub, and will use Altidore, Dempsey and Buddle as the big bodies up front when desired.
cudevil
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:13 pm
Whether or not Ching has the ability to play effectively at the international level, I just don't see the basis for excluding him in favor of Findley. Findley has been absolutely terrible in his National team appearances. Ching hasn't been stellar, but certainly has out-performed Findley. Throw in the fact that Ching played pretty well last night and I don't get it.
Shay
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:13 pm
Totally agree. I don't know what Ching did in practice sessions but he was by far the best striker out there vs the Czechs. He's never done much at the international level in the past but if he's the best option, he's the best option. He's an experienced target man which could be pretty damn important if we're trying to nurse a one goal lead against Slovenia or Algeria.
Seriously?!?!
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:03 pm
I know there are plenty of Ching haters out there, but i simply don't know why Bob Bradley is one of them. The team was more successful and creative when Ching was involved last night. He did the things that all the other forwards/attacking players need for someone to do for them to be successful. Who amongst the group of forwards Bob kept are going to win the balls in the air, posses in tight areas and unselfishly play others into dangerous positions? I know we all want Altidore to become a player who can do that but to this point he has not shown an ability/willingness to do the dirty work. I suppose if we are going to sit back and try to use our pace to counter attack Ching is too slow, and I guess the team has plenty of height for set pieces without keeping Ching, but I sincerely believe the team is going to miss having someone up front pull balls down, hold on to them and then get others involved. I will just have to defer to Bob and his wisdom I on this because it is clearly beyond me.
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