BRADLEY NAMES GOLD CUP ROSTER
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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.

Goalkeepers

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

Defenders

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)

Midfielders

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)

Forwards

Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy Vilarreal (Spain)
Wondolowski, Chris San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
eurofan
Monday May 23, 2011 8:54 pm
wow....what a roster lol honduras, costa rica, mexico, and hell even canada can give this team problems. This roster is nonsense! the only people that seem to be good enough is Dempsy, Lichaj, Cherundolo, Jones, Agudelo, and maybe Donovan...but he's lost his prime. Altidore lacks goals, sasha doesn't play well, adu he's a joke, fielhber is a reject from europe, michael lost his touch not playing, rogers really?! he sucked before and guess what HE STILL SUCKS!! i seen him play and holy shit my niece can play better and more technique, all he has is speed, and we all know about bornstein who doesnt even play for Tigres! Hate to say it but.....Mexico will win in the final if the two sides meet... they are bringing a exceptional team, especially with Chicharito, Juarez, and theyre other players from Europe who are young and talented..Costa Rica has always created problems for the US too....They are not as they were once before..I love the US and always cheer for them but....

If they play as they played against Paraguay, than theyre lucky to get to the Quaterfinals...This team is just not strong enough to compete with Mexico...i mean dont forget whose leading this team! Bradley the same guy who plays 3 defensive mids to start games,, and takes out the right players for the wrong ones!!Just dont get your hopes high for this team, I know Im going to get bashed for this soo let the arguments begin.
Eric
Monday May 23, 2011 8:14 pm
Surely Jose Torres is ahead of Kljestan?! That and Bornstein are the only ones that bug me, and honestly that's not bad as only Bornstein will see the field anyway. Without even knowing who it is, I would pick the U20 left back over bornstein, let alone any other MLS options...
muchadu
Monday May 23, 2011 8:08 pm
OK all you Freddy Adu haters....Where you at now!!! Cmon bring it!!! y'all just got slapped about the head. Obviously Coach Bradley knows a bit more than you do. Congrats and kudos to Bob Bradley for going against the grain.. not being afraid to think outside the box and having the courage to try something outside his comfort zone. Namely an obviously talented attacking mid, that if giving enough playing time will scare the daylights out of even the best national team defenses. Pair Freddy with Donovan, Jones and Bradley and watch the fun begin with Agudelo and Dempsey getting fed sweet pinpoint passes!Jozy has always worked well with Freddy and should be our super sub. If you want to score first instead of trying to constantly come from behind this is finally our best shot. Weve got alot of talented young defenders and all we need back now is CD9. When he gets back our team will start beating the sacred top ten of International Soccer. Beware of the sleeping giant. Go USA!!
Cassidy
Monday May 23, 2011 7:29 pm
Wow Wondo, Adu, and Bornstien. And leaving Chandler off
Coach Ric
Monday May 23, 2011 6:36 pm
Coach Banal Bradley: well, there you go again!!! Leaving out notable and experienced Latino players in favor of has beens (with some exceptions) and playing the favroite game!!! Except for maybe Bocanegra, neither Bornstein or Agudelo has shown any signs of constant brlilliance, Bornstein certainly did not do much in the recently concluded Mexican league, while Agudelo has been stuck in the shadows. Meanwhile, bradley calls up what is said to be the "strongest available team" to him to date? Please give us a break!
Joe Cook
Monday May 23, 2011 6:18 pm
The Bornstein love affair continues....wtf?
Terry
Monday May 23, 2011 6:03 pm
Crying shame about Chandler. He would have filled in beautifully for Holden, although I guess I understand his reasons.
BAJ
Monday May 23, 2011 5:49 pm
Brian, you aren't surprised by the Robbie Rogers call up??? That is the biggest shocker for me on this roster.
cbb1217
Monday May 23, 2011 5:39 pm
wonder if chandler is considering the switch by not wanting to participate in a major tourney. he can still use the one time switch, right?

My other question is why not use Bunbury and
diskerud? seem to be betters options than sacha or bornstein.
starspangledcannon
Monday May 23, 2011 5:26 pm
Thanks for explaining the absence of Tim Chandler, glad that one wasn't bc of poor selection on the part of the manager. I'm excited, time to go get our trophy back
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