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US Squad for Argentina Match

Adu, FreddyM5’8″1406/2/19896/0Potomac, Md.SC Benfica (Portugal)
Beasley, DaMarcusM5’8″1455/24/198274/15Ft. Wayne, Ind.Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)
Bradley, MichaelM6’2″1757/31/198718/1Cedar Grove, N.J.SC Heerenveen (Holland)
Califf, DanD6’1″1753/17/198016/1Orange, Calif.FC Midtjylland (Denmark)
Cervi, DominicGK6’6″2057/9/19860/0Norman, Okla.Out of Contract
Cherundolo, SteveD5’6″1452/19/197946/2San Diego, Calif.Hannover 96 (Germany)
DeMerit, JayD6’0″18512/4/19797/0Green Bay, Wis.Watford FC (England)
Dempsey, ClintF6’1″1703/9/198340/9Nacogdoches, TexasFulham FC (England)
Donovan, LandonF5’8″1483/4/198299/35Redlands, Calif.Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Edu, MauriceM6’0″1704/18/19866/0Fontana, Calif.Toronto FC (MLS)
Guzan, BradGK6’4″2109/9/19847/0Homer Glen, Ill.Chivas USA (MLS)
Hejduk, FrankieD5’8″1558/5/197477/6Cardiff, Calif.Columbus Crew (MLS)
Howard, TimGK6’3″2103/6/197930/0North Brunswick, N.J.Everton FC (England)
Johnson, EddieF6’0″1803/31/198434/11Palm Coast, Fla.Fulham FC (England)
Kljestan, SachaM6-115009/09/855/0Huntington Beach, Calif.Chivas USA (MLS)
Lewis, EddieM5’10”1555/17/197475/9Cerritos, Calif.Derby County (England)
Mastroeni, PabloM5’10”1798/26/197656/0Phoenix, Ariz.Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Onyewu, OguchiD6’4″2105/13/198231/4Olney, Md.Standard de Liege (Belgium)
Pearce, HeathD5’10”1758/13/198412/0Modesto, Calif.Hansa Rostock (Germany)

Thoughts? Anyone you are disappointed not to see? Kenny Cooper stands out for me, and I’ll have more on that later tonight. It appears Sacha Kljestan, no doubt deserving but a former player of Bradley’s with Chivas USA is the only addition to the squad from the European trip, which personally to me is unacceptable. We’ve seemingly settled on 20 or so players to enter qualifying with which as I will detail tonight is a big mistake.

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  1. Phillip

    June 7, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Was nobody else paying attention when the pool of players was released?

    They named 33 players to the list and said “Some players may play in all 3 matches, some may not play in any.”

    This should add incentive to those that were named in the pool but didn’t get a game that they need to step it up a little bit more and perform consistently.

  2. T

    June 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Saw this on another site and it is worthy of being discussed here.

    “Bob Bradley is a coward and not ready for the big time IMO , the places this team has the potential to go Bob will not take them there with is timid decisions . add to that his love for Eddie cant score for sh$%t Johnson”

  3. kartik

    June 7, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Calm down everyone…………Cooper has been added to the squad as had Drew Moor per a press release I just received.

  4. RT

    June 7, 2008 at 11:47 am

    We’re going to get beat 3-0 Sunday and can claim victory by conceding fewer goals than Mexico did against Argentina.

    Moral victories, boys, moral victories. It’s what US Soccer has once again become about.

  5. Jeff

    June 7, 2008 at 11:10 am

    C’mon Kartik!

    You and Denholm correctly panned Bradley for his player selection last week. Now why are you excusing him saying its MLS’ fault?

    If a match takes place on an international date which this match does, but the England game did not, then MLS clubs MUST release the player as requested. So Bradley has simply decided Cooper, Rogers, Parkhurst and others aren’t worth a look.

    To me that is grounds for dismisal as national team coach.

  6. Keep it simple stupid

    June 7, 2008 at 10:44 am

    For those looking to crucify Bradley for results in friendlies–RELAX! There will be plenty of time to crucify him during qualifying.

    I think it’s great to see a veteran like Eddie Lewis stepping up and helping out the team. He’s been a tireless, consistent professional for the US for many years. I’m sure he realizes his future opportunities with the Nats are limited, but if he just helps us through the first stage of qualifying, then hats off to him. I think guys like Lewis, Convey and Mastroeni bring invaluable experience to the team. Here’s hoping he gets a good offer from another team and escapes dreadful Derby County.

  7. Keep it simple stupid

    June 7, 2008 at 10:42 am

    For those looking to crucify Bradley for results in friendlies–RELAX! There will be plenty of time to crucify him during qualifying.

  8. EJ Sux

    June 7, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Why did Bradley name both Ching and Cooper to the 33 man pool, and then called up neither of them for any of the games?

    Somehow blaming that on MLS schedule doesn’t wash Kartik.

    If they were unavailible due to MLS, they never would have been named to the 33 man pool to begin with.

  9. kartik

    June 7, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I never got around to writing that piece I promised but basically it was going to discuss the fact that several players named to the 33 man provisional squad for these friendlies from MLS have been unused while a number of players who have underperformed in the last two matches have been held over.

    The question is whether this has to do with MLS’ insistence on not reducing its schedule during international breaks or simply Bradley’s reluctance to look at certain players? The more I think about this subject I have to believe MLS’ schedule has played a bigger role in this squad selection than anyone would like to admit.

    Regarding Cooper he played last night so I am not sure why he wasn’t selected, but if you factor in all of the players on teams whose schedules are in some cases heavier right now than at other points in the season perhaps Bradley and USSF decided not to pick a fight for a friendly when we may need the clubs cooperation when the Olympics and qualifying roll around.

    However, this means several players we would like to see haven’t been given a shot and we are entering qualifying with a group of guys who have clearly demonstrated they collectively lack what it takes at this level. Bradley has made the decision to either defer to MLS on this matter which is not positive or to simply ignore the bulk of worthy MLS based players which is downright criminal, but given Bradley’s history I doubt that is the case. I have to give him the benefit of the doubt in this matter, and I cannot give that same benefit to MLS and its clubs.

    Barbados will not pose a threat, but Guatemala, Cuba and T&T pose some danger and we better get all of this sorted whether it is on MLS, Bob Bradley or the USSf itself before the summer ends.

  10. Fandom

    June 7, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Bradley is giving certain players chances with the team in high-pressure situations without any consequences for underperforming. I assume this is done with the intention of working on team chemistry and coming to terms with which players work well in certain roles.

    Again not ideal but he is the coach and deserves some deference. He sees the guys in training and has made the determination perhaps that Cooper is too slow for the international level and Altidore and Rogers just aren’t ready yet.

  11. Lee

    June 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Regardless of the result the friendly as DD stated on last week’s TASS this match has been wasted by calling in the same guys who have already proven they simply aren’t good enough.

  12. POED

    June 7, 2008 at 8:33 am

    You are totally nieve if you believe we are going to steamroll through qualifying.

    We’ve only steam rolled through qualifying once, and that was the last time. In qualifying for both 1998 and 2002 some very real moments took place where it appeared we were not going to make it.

    These days CONCACAF is better. Honduras beats Venezuala in the same week Venezuala beats Brazil. That says something to me. Guatemala has beaten Mexico twice in the last year. That says something to me. Oh yeah and we haven’t exactly set the house on fire either.

  13. Phillip

    June 6, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    We’re going to steamroll through WCQ ladies and gentlemen.

  14. Tommy

    June 6, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    This is further evidence that Bradley suddenly feels his job is insecure and much like McLaren towards the end of his England tenure, he is calling the same squad for every single friendly.

    Didn’t Bradley cap something like 80 guys last year? This year it’s the same 20 guys every match and we are getting more slate and predictable. Everyone in CONCACAF knows how to play us now.

  15. JRT

    June 6, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I’m totally disgusted by this roster.

    Aren’t friendlies meant for experimenting and also changing things around after two terrible performances in a row?

  16. POED

    June 6, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    This squad is disgusting and should be the final nail in Bradley’s coffin.

    I’ve had it.














  17. Emmett O'Connell

    June 6, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Is it just me or did we perform a lot better against Spain in the Adu led 4-5-1 than the “bucket.” By the way, thanks for explaining it on the podcast!

    I agree, I’d much rather see Kenny Cooper than Eddie Johnson at this point. Even Brian Ching more than EJ.

    And, Richardo Clark than Bradley.

  18. NJ

    June 6, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I agree 100%, it would have been nice to have seen some new faces get a chance in this game. I’m sure we’ll probably see the same back four ex Boca, Cherundolo, Demerit, Onyewu, and Pearce>>hopefully we’ll get Adu, Kljestan, Mastroeni, Lewis and Donovan in the middle and Dempsey/EJ up front. We could have done better with the options, I agree on Cooper, Alvarez would have been nice.

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