RICH FIDLER - Friday, August 7, 2009
US Soccer and head coach Bob Bradley has announced the 20-man list that will comprise the game-day roster for their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Mexico next Wednesday in Mexico City.
A total of 17 players from the FIFA Confederations Cup roster that finished second, following a 3-2 defeat to Brazil, two months ago.
Everton's Tim Howard will undoubtedly get the start for the Red, White and Blue following his performance that saw him receive the tournament's best goalkeeper "Golden Glove" award in South Africa. He's joined on the roster by Brad Guzan, who plays a similar backup role for Aston Villa in the English Premier League.
Regular defenders including captain Carlos Bocanegra and AC Milan's Oguchi Onyewu have once again been named to the roster. They'll be joined by midfielder, and previous Mexico-killer, Michael Bradley, who scored both goals in the US's 2-0 victory earlier this year in Columbus.
The 17 players will be joined by only three that are making an appearance following US Soccer's runner-up appearance in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall and midfielder Stuart Holden from the Houston Dynamo will make their first qualifying roster appearance, while Holden's club teammate Brian Ching is also on the roster.
Marshall, Holden and Ching will be joined by fellow MLS striker Conor Casey from the Colorado Rapids and defender Jonathan Bornstein. The speedy defender not only appeared in the Confederations Cup under Bradley, but was also coached at the club level when Bradley was the man on the bench for Chivas USA.
The United States will be looking for their first win in Mexico next Wednesday, the closest they've come previously was a scoreless draw in World Cup qualifying in 1997. This time the rivalry will kickoff at 4:00pm EST from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
Roster for United States vs. Mexico
Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Bocanegra, Carlos Rennes (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan CD Chivas (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover 96 (Germany)
DeMerit, Jay Watford (England)
Marshall, Chad Columbus Crew (MLS)
Onyewu, Oguchi AC Milan (Italy)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Clark, Ricardo Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Feilhaber, Benny AGF Aarhus (Denmark)
Holden, Stuart Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)
Altidore, Jozy Hull City FC (England)
Casey, Conor Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Ching, Brian Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Davies, Charlie FC Sochaux (France)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)