US Manager Bob Bradley has recalled Rico Clark and omitted Kenny Cooper, Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore in his 20 man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers versus Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. Marvell Wynne and Michael Orozco have also been called into the team. Both Wynne and Orozco are in my mind deserving of a call up to the senior team and this is nice move by Bradley.
However, otherwise this is an unbelievable squad selection quite honestly. Eddie Johnson now toiling in the second flight of English Football and with two goals at any level in the last twelve months is one of only two true strikers on the squad, the other being Brian Ching who plays in a more withdrawn role. Kenny Cooper, whose exploits in MLS and quality that has attaracted interest of sides like Rosenborg in the Champions League has been omitted once again. Cooper was last called into the national team in March 2007.
Mo Edu who recently transferred to Rangers in Glasgow has been selected as has Johnson who moved to second division Cardiff City last week from Fulham where he flopped. This refuts any claim that players that have recently transferred such as Adu and Altidore should not be called into the side. Much more on this squad selection early tomorrow.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 4/3 SO)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 14/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 16/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 12/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 9/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 3/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 17/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 3/1), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 2/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 1/0), Eddie Lewis (Los Angeles Galaxy: 20/3)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 8/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 22/8), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 9/2), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 8/8)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals