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Gold Cup Squad with Commentary


Like Mexico, the US has called a clear “B” team for the North American Championship tournament leaving the door open for someone else to possibly win the event this year. (It won’t be Trinidad and Tobago though because they failed to qualify). Here is the squad with some analysis:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)

Robles and Perkins were presumably split games in a competition to determine who becomes the front runner for the third keeper spot in South Africa next year.

DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)

Cherundolo returns from injury after presumably having lost his starting RB job. Conrad returns and it is nice to Heaps and Parkhurst on the team. Heath Pearce gets one last chance at LB. I’m disappointed to not see Tim Ward, Michael Orozco or Marco Vidal.
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

Arnaud’s call in is long overdue as is Clark’s. Cronin, Evans and Pause are all surprises. The omission of Danny Szetela is disturbing, as is Jose Torres omission. Jeremiah White would have been a solid call up as well. He can play out wide or up front. Szetela’s continued absence from the national team begs the question if he would have been better off declaring for Poland two years ago when he has the chance.

FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)

Santino Quaranta’s comeback story is complete.

Both Bob Bradley and Javier Aguirre have evidently determined that this year’s tournament can be used for experimentation instead of cementing the sides that will face each other at Azteca in August. If someone other than Mexico or the US is ever going to win the Gold Cup again (keep in mind Canada won it in 2000) this would be the chance. Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama have all previously reached Gold Cup finals and this tournament may represent the great chance for Central American football.

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  1. Park Bolivar

    June 30, 2009 at 6:12 am

    A clear B-Minus/C-Minus squad. Agreed about the depressing omission of Torres (unless Bradley’s got a clear bias against younger guys) – and if he were genuinely trying to ‘test him out’, it seems as the Gold Cup would be a decent chance to do that. Oh well…. I’ll probably follow it, but, I don’t think I’ll be flying out to any of the venues.

  2. Joey Villanueva

    June 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I find it ironic that people here and elsewhere question the point of Gold Cup and then look to the Confederations Cup as a great warm-up for the World Cup.

    Well, the US wouldn’t even be in the Confederations Cup if they hadn’t won the 2007 Gold Cup. It’s a means to an end if anything.

  3. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    June 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    El Tri, ask Jack Warner. I tend to agree it is a waste this year but it is happening and we’ll be covering it. The US and Mexico both don’t seem to worry.

  4. El Tri

    June 25, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Mr. Kartik, why is the Gold Cup even being played? Right in the middle of qualifying for the copa mundial. They did this in 2005 also and El Tri sent a reserve team. It looks as if the USA is doing the same this time after your great victory over the arrogant spanish. Costa Rica and Honduras will also send reserve sides. So why is this being played?

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