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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, May 23, 2011
US national team head coach Bob Bradley today announced his 23 man roster that will play in this summer's Gold Cup.

With a spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup on the line, Bradley named the strongest roster available to him.

The US backline will be lead by captain Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo who were stalwarts at the 2010 World Cup where the Americans advanced to the final 16. Clarence Goodson was on the World Cup team but did not see any action in South Africa. His exceptional play this season at Brondby however will see him most likely play a larger role.

In the midfield, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan will once again lead the team as they have for the past five years. They will be joined by regulars in Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, and Benny Feilhaber.

The biggest addition this cycle is Jermaine Jones who switched his national affiliation from Germany to the US in 2009 but missed out on the World Cup with a lengthy leg injury. His presence should boost the US in the central midfield.

The biggest surprise of the tournament is the addition of Freddy Adu who has seen a return to form the past season when he joined Rzespor of the Turkish second division.

Bolton Wanders' midfielder Stuart Holden will miss the tournament with a knee injury and his absence is the most significant for the US team.

At forward, Juan Agudelo and Chris Wondolowski will look to provide a boost at a position the US team has struggled since 2009 when Charlie Davies suffered serious injuries in a car crash.

The most notable absence on the team is Nurnberg right back Timothy Chandler who declined to join the team because he was tired after his first professional season and Nurnberg's preseason begins on June 26.

Other notable absences are Stabaek's Mikkel Diskerud, Pachuca's Herc Gomez and Jose Torres, Orebro's Alejandro Bedoya, Ingolstadt's Edson Buddle, and Sporting Kansas City's Teal Bunbury.

Mexico are currently the defending champions of the Gold Cup after winning the tournament in 2009. That tournament however was mostly played with second team players as a Confederations Cup spot was not on the line.

The last time a birth in the Confederations Cup was on the line at the Gold Cup was in 2007 when the US won the tournament following a thrilling 2-1 win over Mexico in the final at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The US will host Spain on June 4 in Foxboro to prepare for the Gold Cup.


Hahnemann, Marcus Wolverhampton (England)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Rimando, Nick Real Salt Lake (MLS)


Bocanegra, Carlos St. Etienne (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan UNAL Tigres (Mexico)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Lichaj, Eric Aston Villa (England)
Onyewu, Oguchi FC Twente (Holland)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)


Adu, Fredy Rizespor (Turkey)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Felihaber, Benny New England Revolution (MLS)
Jones, Jermaine Schalke 04 (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha Anderlecht (Belgium)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)


Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy Vilarreal (Spain)
Wondolowski, Chris San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:21 am
To correct my earlier statement in regards to Altidore: It is his inability to produce on the club level is staggering.
Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:43 pm

Adu has not produced at the club level? Surely you jest. Adu has played very well in all the opportunities given to him and has scored 4 goals and recorded several assists. He has done well with the opportunity given to him and he is being rewarded for that by Bradley. However, he needs to enter this camp and train even harder to try to get some playing time. It is one thing to get a call up, but even harder to get some playing time.

The two choices I am scratching my head over are Bornstein and Rogers. Borstein hardly sees any playing time at his club level and doesn't bring anything to the team at this point. Why does he still get call ups?

I would have rather brought Teal Bunbury over Altidore, but Altidore does have the experience playing in big international games and has scored goals in said big games. However, his ability to produce at the club level is staggering. Many want to point the finger and talk bad about Adu, but Adu has played well when given the opportunity at each club he has been at. However, opportunities to actually play were far and few between. Altidore has produced less at the club level than Adu, but yet many still consider him "better"? The numbers disprove that.

I wish Chandler would have gotten the call up, but from other stories I have read from other sites Chandlers club (Nurnburg) had talked to Bradley about Chandler and agreed he needed a "rest". I just hope that he [Chandler] doesn't see it as a slight.
Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:23 pm
Starting 11 (4-4-2)
Howard, lichaj, nova, goodson, cherundolo,
Donovan, edu, Bradley, dempsey,
Altidore, agudelo
Or to go with only one striker (4-2-3-1)
Lichaj, boca, goodson, dolo,
Edu, Jones,
Donovan, Bradley, dempsey,
Tuesday May 24, 2011 5:35 pm
When JF Torres played in the WC he got owned. He's too small and he plays small to play in the middle of the field in International soccer. Bedoya should have been on the team, but I feel taking him away from his club team could slow him down. Plus do you think we will be playing with anyone other than Bradley Jones Edu Donovan Dempsey in the midfield? Adu gives you an attack minded mid that can come on late if you need O. Maybe we should have gotten Diskerud instead, but I'd like to see what Adu can do. I don't think Herc is the answer either, at least Wondo is relatively new to the NT. Too bad CD9 got hurt, would have loved to see him back.
Tuesday May 24, 2011 4:22 pm
Agudelo, Gomez, and Dempsey would have provided us with a better group of strikers for the Gold Cup.

We will definitely miss Stuart Holden's high quality contributions, yet we still have enough solid midfielders to be able to move Clint up top where he could optimally maximize his skills and effectiveness as he does on a regular basis for Fulham.

Gomez deserves the opportunity. He has good killer/finishing instincts in the danger areas that will only improve and intensify with match time and experience.

Altidore must earn his way back onto the squad, and prove he belongs on USMNT by producing at club, and then, international level. For too long already, he has automatically been given starts by nats, and many match minutes by default, and has had far too little to no production over many matches.

Parkhurst, Bedoya, Torres, and Joe Corona have all earned and deserve opportunity. For very long time now, neither Bornstein, Gooch, Adu, or Altidore, have produced at club, or international level, and as such do not currently warrant being selected ahead of players such as these who are on form right now, generating consistent quality.
Billy Bob
Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:29 pm
I am just so happy that youtube sensation Freddy Adu was picked. He is ready to shine like the superstar he is.
Tuesday May 24, 2011 1:29 pm
bornstein?....cant understand bradleys love affair with this guy who is barely second string on tigres while bedoya is dominating figure on his give more of u-23 or u-20 players a chance who actually have a future with u.s. soccer....i know i start edu over bradley,along with jones, in fifa 11...i hope bradley does same
Hoppy in Atlanta
Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:18 am
Chandler is injured at the moment... I wouldn't read too far into the fact that he is not on the roster.... I tuned in to the Nürnberg match yesterday to see him play, but he was still out with what I believe to be a laceration to his foot suffered in training.... He has already made it quite clear he has a strong desire to represent the US... Not surprising, considering his father is US Military.... I was really looking forward to seeing him on the big stage of the Gold Cup, but chalk it up to bad luck..... As for Bornstein.... Don't even get me started..... It boggles the mind.
Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:07 am
What about Gooch? He hasn't played in months either. Loyalty is nice but results are more important.
Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:06 am
Chandler not accepting the call up is some what disturbing. Hopefully it is nothing more then a young kid trying to deal with his new role as a starter. I find Rodgers over Bedoya a bit confusing, same with Hahnemann over Guzan but both are not really any major concern as all would really only ride the bench in any meaningful game. I am more concerned with the absence of Bunbury. I'm hoping this is due to his injury or KC wanting to keep him rather then being left off. I think even though Wondo has been in better form Teal's up side is far greater and we always need to guard against him deciding to go back to Canada because I believe he still has that option.
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