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US Squad Announced

2008 03 21t015723z 01 nas113 rtridsp 3 olympics soccer concacaf 41393 full lnd US Squad Announced

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)

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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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.
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One Response to US Squad Announced

  1. huricano says:

    Why not Copper and why never Twellman? These absences have always perplexed me. What makes us think Charlie Davis and Brian Ching are better investments?

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