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)