Today's guest on World Soccer Talk Radio from 4-5pm ET is Derek Rae. Listen live via Sports Byline here. »

SAT, 2:30PM ET

Who Should Bob Bradley Select for the Guatemala Qualifier?

mls razov Who Should Bob Bradley Select for the Guatemala Qualifier?

Ante Razov who is in form for Chivas USA scored the lone US goal in the 2000 qualifier @ Guatemala/photo from

With just over a week to go until the first US World Cup 2010 qualifier of the group stage at Guatemala who would you like to see called in? Edson Buddle has been impressive for the LA Galaxy and as mentioned above Ante Razov despite a recent injury has a history of scoring in the 1-1 draw versus Guatemala in 2000 when he was replacing the injured Brian McBride. With many top Americans possibly out of the mix for this qualifier due to the Olympic Football Tournament who else should get the call? Veterans like Frankie Hejduk and Steve Ralston, or is this due to the absences a chance to look at middle aged MLS players like Davy Arnaud, Kyle Beckerman or Arturo Alvaraz?

This entry was posted in Leagues: Major League Soccer, US National Team. Bookmark the permalink.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
View all posts by Kartik Krishnaiyer →

7 Responses to Who Should Bob Bradley Select for the Guatemala Qualifier?

  1. Soccer Guru says:

    The idea of picking Arnuad or Alvarez is idiotic.

    Go with the core team plus some vets like Razov, Ralston and maybe even Marsch to see us through this game without Freddy, Mo Edu and Bradley.

  2. Phillip says:

    Howard in goal.

    Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Onyewu, Pearce in defense.

    Dempsey, Mastroeni, Donovan, Beasley in midfield.

    Ante Razov and Kenny Cooper up top.

  3. John Harris says:

    Cooper for sure needs to be picked.

  4. Flash says:

    Road qualifiers are not the time to introduce new players to the squad. Razov yes, Cooper and Buddle, no.

  5. Chop says:

    I don’t Beasley will be healthy enought to participate.

    Otherwise, just go with the tried and true veterans. I agree with the previous poster in that road qualifiers is not time to bring in(and start)newbies. Bring in Buddle and Cooper and maybe they can get some mop up minutes.

    This is most likely the starting X1 (provided they are healthy)

    —————– Howard ——————–

    Dolo ——— Gooch —– Boca ——- Pearce

    Dempsey ——– Mastro — Donovan —– Lewis

    ———- Ching ———– Johnson ———-

    Anyone wanna bet that is the starting X1?

    And please, no Ante Razov. We (American soccer fans) must resist the temptation to call up players that are hot in MLS (and it’s arguable whether Razov is or not, he’s always injured) and just give them caps.

    You have to also look and see if a player is ultimately of international quality. I’m sorry, Razov is a very limited player and whilst he could score goals in CONCACAF, I think we could do better with more mobile and effective players like Buddle and Cooper.

  6. USA Fan says:

    I’m glad I found this site today thanks to the link to the MLS vs USSF story.

    Chop, your lineup looks 100% right, other than maybe seeing Dempsey and Landon flipped.

    Expect to see Dempsey playing deeper than usual.

    Keep in mind Landon and Ching play well together.

    EJ will do well in qualifying. He always does. His goal scoring record in CONCACAF warrants his call up instead of taking a chance on Cooper or Buddle at this point.

  7. Flash says:

    Let Beasley and Convey sit back for a year and ride Eddie Lewis’ new found confidence on the left side until he is too old to run. That is my only request.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>