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US Squad for Guatemala Qualifier Announced

Interestingly no Freddy Adu called into this squad even though four other returning Olympians from the US side are called into the squad. The numbers are caps and goal in World Cup qualifying.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 3/2 SO)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 13/1), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 15/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 11/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 8/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 2/1), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC: 1/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 1/0), Eddie Lewis (Derby County: 19/3), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 10/0)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 7/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 21/8), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 8/2), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC: 8/8)

What are everyone’s thoughts about this squad? Guatemala is tough place to play and Coach Bob Bradley seems to have ignored the form of certain players in MLS and Scandinavia in choosing this team. Was that a good idea?

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  1. John Harris

    August 15, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Brian Ching?


  2. Rafael

    August 14, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    DeMerit is a bad choice.

    Where is Kenny Cooper?

    How does Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey keep getting called in?

    No imagination at all in the selections.

    Really Bradley has no business coaching this team.

  3. eplnfl

    August 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Wynne? How can he be left off! Jay DeMerit, despite his physical limitations you have to love his desire. Frankie Hejduk, is as tough as they come.

  4. football detective

    August 14, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    I also noticed that there aren’t too many MLS players picked. One would think that they are in better game shape than the players coming off a break.

    As much as I love Frankie Hejduk, his inclusion illustrates the growing lack of quality in MLS.

  5. Brian

    August 14, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    The one plus of the U.S. getting knocked out of the Olympics is that Adu and Altidore would be available for this match.

    U.S. Soccer really needs to man up and hire a big-time coach.

  6. John Harris

    August 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm





    Americans need not play well at their club sides whether in Europe or MLS because Bradley is going to keep picking the same guys. Especially when it comes to attacking players.

    Picking Clint Dempsey and then listing him as a forward is almost bordering on criminal.

    What exactly has Jay DeMerit done to warrant continuesly being called in to the national team?

  7. Berlin

    August 14, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Typical US side. Pack the team with defensive minded players and pray Landon can save us.

  8. football detective

    August 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    It seems to be a defensive oriented team. That makes sense for this tough road qualifier.

    They’ll only miss Adu if they fall behind early and need an offensive spark off the bench – something Bradley is clearly NOT counting on.

  9. Phillip

    August 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Adu wasn’t called into this squad to give him a chance to go to Monaco and meet his new team. You have to remember, he hasn’t even stepped foot in Monaco yet.

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