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Thoughts on the US Gold Cup Squad


PER CONCACAF here is the preliminary squad the US submitted, I believe yesterday to the Confederation. This squad will be trimmed to 23 players next week.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Troy Perkins, Luis Robles
Defense: Jonathan Bornstein, Danny Califf, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Eric Lichaj, Chad Marshall, Michael Orozco, Michael Parkhurst, Heath Pearce, Marvell Wynne
Midfield: Freddy Adu, Davy Arnaud, Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber, Eddie Gaven, Stuart Holden, Pablo Mastroeni, John Thorrington, Jose Torres
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Kenny Cooper, Charlie Davies, Jeremiah White

Omissions: Marco Vidal played a key role in taking Indios from possible relegation to the semifinals of the Mexican Clausura. In a Yanks Abroad interview last month he lobbied for a Gold Cup call up. One of Bob Bradley’s best traits on this job has been hisability to pursue and win the services of key Mexican-American footballers featuring in the FMF. Two, Michael Ororzco and Jose Torres have chosen the US largely because of Bradley’s persistance.

Jimmy Conrad still may be the second best American central defender but seeing this squad we must simply assume his national team career has ended. Conrad hasn’t earned a non January camp call up since the Copa America two years ago.

Positives: The timely recalls of Jeremiah White and John Thorrington have rebuilt some of my faith in Bob Bradley. The wide play from the US has been atrocious this year, except when Jose Torres has played, and it seemed like Bradley had lost track of what these two skilled attacking players who can drift wide were doing at their clubs.

Davy Arnaud can also play on the right side or in the middle. His call up would be welcomed. Stuart Holden has earned this opportunity also. Kenny Cooper has been called up but from my perspective it’s insulting that his last call up with a bonafide US “A” team was in March 2007.

Eric Lichaj hasn’t broken into the first team at Aston Villa but is a skilled defender and given the perennial clumsiness of the US defense and holding midfield under Bradley, it’s good to see his call up.

Brad Guzan who I believe is not one of the top five American keepers will continue to feature regularly as long as Bradley is the manager. That’s unfortunate but I am thankful Marcus Hahnemann is still in the picture and can be called upon quickly if Tim Howard happens to be injured next year.

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  1. Zidave

    August 4, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    mate have you even watched a Villa game? As a die-hard Villain I can safely say you are 100% incorrect about Guzan. I laughed when I read you are happy to see Hannahmen in the squad! Do yourself a favor and watch Villa v Juventes highlights. It’s the Guzan show. My guess is sometime 2010/11 campaign Guzan will become Villa’s #1 keeper. He is already a great keeper and as shown in the game previously mentioned he is a penalty specialist!

    Eric Lichaj I absolutely agree. After following him along the Peace Cup I can safely see he is a great prospect for America. He was consistently solid. A little bit uncomfortable on the ball going forward at times, but he is so young and has so much time to improve.

  2. melcasd

    June 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Definitely call these guys up:
    DaMarcus Beasley, Conor Casey, Pablo Mastroeni, and Mawell wine

  3. Pumas Fan

    June 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    re: Whitbread
    Zak Whitbread was nails for Millwall in 76 starts this past season and at 6 feet 2 inches he is great at shutting down the corner kicks and crosses. Yes, he needs a call up.

  4. Frank

    June 21, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Conor Casey and Pablo Mastroeni should be on this roster

  5. Seybold

    June 20, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Exactly, Mario V–if we’re calling up 2nd division guys from England, and guys who play in Denmark, why not a 2nd division guy from Italy like Szetela? Good grief how we could use someone with Italian-style tactical acumen!

  6. Rafael

    June 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Great to see Marshall, Orozco, and holden get a call-up.

    I believe Ugo Ihemelu, Robbie Rogers, and Bobby Boswell would to have been good additions for this tournament.

    As far as the goalkeeping, Guzan should be no where near the U.S. National team. Great veterans like Zach Thorton and Kevin Hartman, who have experience, are having an amazing year in MLS. They deserve a shot at the number 3 spot for the U.S.

  7. Mario V.

    June 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Were is Danny Szetela, Sal Zizzo, and Jimmy Conrad?

  8. Bryce

    June 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I think that the starting 11 should be
    ——–Jozy Altidore—-Charlie Davies —
    –Jose Torres—————– Freddy Adu–
    —————Brad Guzan——–
    This provides us a great chance. For an in-depth look go to

  9. Gods own Country

    June 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    y is Pablo Mastroeni on this list, Oh i guess bob want vet. leadership on the field.
    i would switch Eddie Gaven for Colin Clark.
    and Heath Pearce, is he even on a club right now?

  10. Jason

    June 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Actually, I saw Rogers listed on another site as being included.

  11. Jason

    June 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I would be disappointed if Casey gets called in for the Rapids sake. Kartik based on some of your previous comments, I am surprised you did not comment on the exclusion of Colin Clark.

    Another notable exclusion Robbie Rogers.

    Also, shouldn’t Davies 5 match Sweden ban be close to expiring, and would he be better off returning?

  12. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    June 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Quakes, agreed on Casey’s effort. But with Ching hurt I guess Bradley feels we need a target player.

  13. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    June 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Pumas Fan- good one. Zak Whitbread is a name I have talked about in the past and blanked out about writing this post this AM- he needs a call up and so does Jemel Johnson.

  14. Pumas Fan

    June 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    We need to give Zak Whitbread a serious look.

  15. quakesin2kNever

    June 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Conor Casey and Pablo Mastroeni should not be on this roster. I can’t believe Casey would get any more PT for the nat’l team after his atrocious effort against Italy.

  16. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    June 20, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I already fear that Orozco, Holden and White the three guys I want to see the most (well Torres to, but he seems to be on every squad even if BB won’t play him because of his suspect defense, which we understand because Sacha Kljestan is such a skilled tackler and so good at positioning and tracking back :)) will be the guys trimmed.

  17. Brian Zygo

    June 20, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I hope Orozco and Holden don’t get trimmed off the list.

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