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Analyzing Bob Bradley’s Squad For The World Cup

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After a strong training camp along with their two goal loss in a friendly against the Czech Republic, Bob Bradley announced on ESPN’s Sports Center the 23 players that will get their plane tickets for South Africa in this summer’s World Cup.

Bob Ley gave out the roster and there were some surprises who got on and those who got cut. The biggest surprise getting cut was Brian Ching of the Houston Dynamo. You would think someone like Ching who is good in the air to be a target player during dead ball situations at the net would be an advantage. The pleasant surprise was Herculez Gomez after having that nice season with Puebla of the Mexican First Division & shared the golden boot for top scorer. Now signed with the current CONCACAF Champions League winners Pachuca, he joins his teammate Jose Francisco Torres. Even Real Salt Lake’s forward Robbie Findley being added to the roster was a surprise.

Some players who made it easy for Bob Bradley to make his decision for this team is Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle. After everything he went through in his career, battling some personal demons & has completely turned everything around truly earned his spot for South Africa. His nine goals to start this MLS season for the Los Angeles Galaxy was honestly a no brainer and if a National Team coach was going to refuse someone that was having a great season before the World Cup, there would’ve have been an uproar.

While it was nice to see Oguchi Onyewu make the team, another surprise and maybe a need for height was to see Clarence Goodson make the roster. Let’s not forget that it was Goodson in the second half against the Czech Republic who headed the ball towards Gomez for the equalizer. But if he does make a starting eleven in any of the three group matches, he has to concentrate a bit harder to find the attacker or the trailer and put a stop to the opponent’s chances.

As we all know Ricardo Clark will provide some bite in his defensive game & can score that surprising goal whenever he gets a chance at the offensive end of the ball. The qualifying goal down in Trinidad & Tobago should be fresh in everyone’s memory of the quality that Clark brings to the National Team.

Those who were left off the roster along with Ching are Alejandro Bedoya, Eddie Johnson, Sasha Kljestan, Chad Marshall, Heath Pierce & Robbie Rogers. Is this the best 23 players that Bob Bradley has picked to make a nice run out of the group stage for this summer’s World Cup? That will be the topic for discussion among our pundits all over the country.

While it’s sad not to see Charlie Davies on this team, once again those who were screaming bloody murder have to understand that we should all be thankful he survived that car crash and survived his many surgeries. He did show some great progress thru his intense re-habing, the reality had to sink in that he wasn’t going to make this roster no matter how hard he trained to get there. There will be another qualifying cycle and I believe that Davies will make it to Brazil in 2014, if the USA can qualify for that World Cup.

2010 USA World Cup Roster by Positions

Brad Guzan
Marcus Hahnemann
Tim Howard

Carlos Bocanegra (Captain)
Jonathan Bornstein
Steve Cherundolo
Jay DeMerit
Clarence Goodson
Oguchi Onyewu
Jonathan Spector

DaMarcus Beasley
Michael Bradley
Ricardo Clark
Clint Dempsey
Landon Donovan
Maurice Edu
Benny Feilhaber
Stuart Holden
Jose Francisco Torres

Jozy Altidore
Edson Buddle
Robbie Findley
Herculez Gomez

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  1. Rex

    June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Cant believe Ching didnt make the squad. IMHO there hasnt ever been an American player who is as good as Ching with his back to goal. He holds up the ball and makes everyone around him better. He must not have been in top form coming off that injury.

  2. eplnfl

    May 27, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Grammar errors in my above comment note I will now comment on the WC team selection.

    Excellent point that Beasely can swing back to a defender role which may have made the difference in his selection. I am a Brain Ching fan and have
    seen his work up close in a qualifier against T&T I gained respect of his work off the ball. He creates chances for other guys on the pitch.

    You have to intrigued by the group of forwards. Can this group give England especially fits. Will they run the kittens around in circles for 90 minutes and wear them out. Bradley has gone with the hot hands with Buddle and Gomez and I think it is a bold move.

    The midfield is as solid as it gets and you know that both Donovan and Dempsey will benefit from the forwards who can create a lot of movement in the defense. Bradley can distribute the ball well.

    The defense worries me from the injury point of view. When this group has been together they have played well. Yet we all know the injury issues and if they are not fully resolved we have no margin for error.


  3. Daniel

    May 27, 2010 at 12:13 am

    The poor grammar in this blog is a big turn-off. I’m a big fan of MLS, and I believe this site could be great if it was more professional. Please understand that the low quality of writing in this site reflects badly on MLS. How can soccer be taken seriously in this country when dedicated fans can’t communicate effectively about the professional domestic league? Take the time, or find someone to help you (all of you) with the technical aspects of writing.

    Thank you.

    • eplnfl

      May 27, 2010 at 8:09 am


      It is fair and proper to comment as you see fit. I take the position that if you feel you need to comment adversely then also lend a hand and help correct the problems that you see. I know that my contributions to the sight are not the stuff a grammar teach would find appealing but I submit it anyway to help the site out and create interest.

      This is a fan site and Chris gives the regular fan I guy like me an opportunity to post his ideas on the events of the day. Use the opportunity to write a piece a on your local team or the USMNT. I look forward to reading your posts.

  4. RSLFaninKC

    May 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Findley making the team actually makes sense because he brings an element that NO one else on the roster can give…blazing speed. In form or not as a goal scorer, you can’t have all of your forwards bring the same skill set, there HAS to be diversity or you are screwed. He’s on the team because no one else they have healthy can run faster than he can. Same reason why Gooch was a no brainer despite his injuries and lack of any playing time for 7 months…because injured or not, he can lay the smack down in the box because of his size that no one else can provide. Diversity and match ups…that’s the key to winning. You have to be able to show different looks or you become too predictable. Example? Past US Men’s basketball teams…most talented team in the world, but still got embarrassed because everyone could jump out of the building, but no one could hit a damn three, while the Europeans took us to school from downtown. Bradley was smart enough to avoid that mistake. Go USA!!!

  5. Nick

    May 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Not a big fan of Ching, not heart-broken that he’s off the squad. Findley and Buddle bring some speed that will be useful on counters that Davies was so good at. Ching got playing time last night and didn’t look bad on a few touches but he just doesn’t produce enough for the national team. He had his chances not its Findley’s turn. I’m more excited about Herculez! Herculez! he seems to be on a roll and adds some creativity up top. He might get a start if Dempsey moves back to mid.

  6. 76United

    May 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    What I would like to see is Bradley utilize the 2nd half lineups he used during the Confederations Cup with Dempsey pushed forward. Everything clicked with him up front. I see him more as a forward rather than a midfielder. Especially now with no Davies. Our forwards are the weakest link.
    That first game against England is gigantic, but not a deal breaker. Win would be unlikely, a tie would be great, but if they lose they need to keep it a one goal difference. The next two games the USMNT must win to guarantee a 2nd round berth. They can’t get sloppy in those two games.
    Would love to see how Bradley uses these men.
    GO USA!!!

  7. Scott

    May 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I was surprised Findley got selected ahead of Ching. Findley hasn’t impressed me and Ching brings loads of experience that will be needed in South Africa. I’m not a Bornstein fan, and probably would have taken another midfielder (Bedoya) instead of Bornstein, knowing that Beasley could very well drop back and play defense if need be. Other than those, not many surprises in my mind.

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