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US Squad Announced

NOTE: THE PLAYER POOL PAGE IS UPDATED TO REFLECT RECENT CALL UPS. IF THEIR ARE ANY ERRORS PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 6/5 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 17/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 11/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 5/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 1/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 19/4), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach: 5/2), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 3/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 0/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 0/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 9/4), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 11/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 24/8)

Some Thoughts

  • Troy Perkins gets recalled due top his stellar play in Europe. The competition for the 3rd goalkeeper spot is wide open and Perkins gets his chance to show the coaches in camp that he deserves to be in the mix.
  • Danny Szetela gets a recall because he is one of the few Americans in Europe playing consistently.
  • Charlie Davies has ten goals, placing him third in the Swedish league in scoring. Clearly he is more in form than any other American playing abroad.
  • Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu recalled: This is very good news.
  • I’m disappointed Marvell Wynne is not in the squad. Very disappointed.
  • I’m just resigned to the fact that Kenny Cooper is not part of the national team. He’s better than any of our strikers from a technical standpoint other than possibly Altidore, but for whatever reason Bradley has moved past him.
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7 Responses to US Squad Announced

  1. Berlin says:

    Altidore and Adu on the same team, score!

  2. kevquinnc says:

    Is it possible that Bradley has heard the complaints or has this always been his plan? In general very nice. Dempsey though? Really? Hasn’t played much, probably moving, sure put him in. Cooper would have been a better choice.

  3. Phillip says:

    ^

    I’ve said for the last month or two that Bradley would call the younger ones in after they had time to adjust to their new European teams and we had pretty much assured qualification.

  4. jack says:

    lets see if Adu and Altidore actually get play more than 10 minutes

  5. elopingcamel says:

    The Dempsey makes sense if for nothing else because of his scoring four in the last 4 or five games for the U.S. If things don’t go well for whatever reason (with the other strikers) then BB will feel confident in tossing Deuce in there to get one for us.

  6. Reportedly this roster could get more names added including Cooper. Dallas in the playoff hunt and Cooper being the only reliable scorer for the Hoops means that he didn’t get called in for the Cuba match but could get called in for the Trinidad away match.

    I would like to see Cooper as much as the next guy, but let’s give Bradley a little more rope. Bradley has made some amends by calling in Adu, Altidore, Szetela, Davies and now Torres (cap that boy–quickly).

    All the cries for younger players appears to have been heard, the average age of that midfield is under 22 (21.7 to be exact). Now, can these guys stand the heat? Now is the time to find out.

  7. Football Detective says:

    Well said, Matt.

    USA is on the right course – so far.

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