BRADLEY PICKS 23 FOR EL SALVADOR
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, February 4, 2010
Bob Bradley today unveiled a 23-man roster for a national team camp that will start February 10th in Los Angeles and end with a friendly against El Salvador in Tampa on February 24th.

The roster is comprised completely of MLS players and most of the players on the roster were also part of the January camp that ended with a 3-1 loss to Honduras. The European players from that camp, Alejandro Bedoya, Benny Feilhaber and Clarence Goodson have returned to their clubs and will not take part.

Brian Ching is a notable addition to the roster and he will look to add depth to a US forward pool that has suffered a string of injuries in recent months to key players like Clint Dempsey and Charlie Davies and also to reserve hopefuls like Marcus Tracy and Kenny Cooper.

Ching enters the camp as the most experienced player on the roster with 43 caps but the native Hawaiian has seen his role with the national team sharply diminish over the past six months having earned only two caps with one start since the end of the 2009 CONCACF Gold Cup in July.

Another important addition to this roster is that of Michael Orozco. The Orange, California native had been with Mexican club San Luis since 2006 but last month joined the Philadelphia Union of MLS on loan.

Orozco has only one cap with the US senior team in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad and Tobago. He is most remembered by US fans, however, for the red card he suffered in the opening minutes of a pivotal match against Nigeria at the 2008 Olympics which the US would eventually lose 2-1 and be eliminated from the tournament.

The most glaring omission from this roster is that of Kansas City Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad who had a very brief and poor outing last month against Honduras. giving up both a penalty and earning a red card early in barely 30 minutes of work.

This roster also features four players who will be seeking to earn their first cap. Chris Pontius, Kevin Alston, and Omar Gonzalez will be looking to make their national team debuts after coming off very strong rookie seasons in MLS. Defender/midfielder Geoff Cameron will be looking to make his first appearance with the USA after being a steady player for the past two seasons with the Houston Dynamo.

One week after the game against El Salvador, the US will play world-power Holland and that game will mostly feature first-team players based in Europe.

With the significant changes likely to be made for the friendly against Holland, the game against El Salvador will likely be the last chance that many of the players on this roster have to impress head coach Bob Bradley before the World Cup rosters are finalized.

GOALKEEPERS

Perkins, Troy (DC United)
Rimando, Nick (Real Salt Lake)
Thornton, Zach (CD Chivas)

DEFENDERS

Alston, Kevin (New England Revolution)
Bornstein, Jonathan (CD Chivas)
Gonzalez, Omar (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Marshall, Chad (Columbus Crew)
Orozco, Michael (Philadelphia Union)
Pearce, Heath (FC Dallas)
Wynne, Marvell (Toronto FC)

MIDFIELDERS

Beckerman, Kyle (Real Salt Lake)
Cameron, Geoff (Houston Dynamo)
Davis, Brad (Houston Dynamo)
Evans, Brad (Seattle Sounders)
Gaven, Eddie (Columbus Crew)
Kljestan, Sacha (CD Chivas)
McCarty, Dax (FC Dallas)
Pontius, Chris (DC United)
Rogers, Robbie (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS

Casey, Conor (Colorado Rapids)
Ching, Brian (Houston Dynamo)
Cunningham, Jeff (FC Dallas)
Findley, Robbie (Real Salt Lake)
james
Wednesday February 10, 2010 8:06 pm
I think were trying to lower our standing in the world. landon is doing well enough that we may not come into our group a complete underdog... so there affecting it by making the US lose to non-mexican concaf b teams

we should really cap jp pittman, grella, gil, tracy, renken, hoyos, or insert someone else with actual talent. i know their unrealisticly young or with their club but why even have this camp. if any of these players (minus bornstien) actually play in SA i quit..
michael
Saturday February 6, 2010 2:27 pm
Well...it is what it is. None of the players on the roster are going to start in S.A., let alone see the field. Bradley is just looking for a few good players to back up the backups.
alex
Saturday February 6, 2010 2:10 pm
The point is vicious the are more young players in mls who deserve a shot rather than chingand casey, they aint do anything on the team, whateer happend to bobby convey, and the french guy who said he is eligible, szetela, nimo and other youth standoouts
ICEMANofALFRED
Saturday February 6, 2010 12:52 am
Like it or not, some of these guys are starting to look like they may indeed be on that 23 man roster for the big dance after all. Sad fact is that we just don't have many forwards playing in Europe who are healthy and getting much field time right now and the same is starting to happen to our defenders... too many injuries. Check out the list: Onyewu's knee, Cherundolo's shoulder, Dempsey's knee ligament, Torres's hamstring, Holden's groin/thigh, Edu's ankle, Clark's calf, Cooper's knee, Beasley's thigh, Tracy's knees... add to that Jermaine Jones STILL hasn't played for Shalker, and that despite all the hype...Charlie Davies IS still injured and we start to have to think the unthinkable... and include far more of these MLS scrubs in our squad, at least for the Netherlands match coming up just a week or so after the El Salvador match.

So we're looking at Donovan, Altidore, Bradley,Feilhaber, Spector, Bocanegra, DeMerit, Goodson, Howard, Guzan, Hahnemann... and I hope Bedoya and Chris Rolfe... but SOME of the guys from the MLS WILL BE PLAYING against the Dutch... and that isn't a very comforting thought!
eurofan
Friday February 5, 2010 10:51 pm
so let me get this straight to all of you protecting Bradley decision to play these sorry players, your telling me there is no better player in the MLS that can show better potential?? wow. and to those saying about you cannot call upon players from the european leagues, no duh....i was speaking in regards of choosing players that show better potential here in the US. Once again this team is hopeless if we cannot choose players who can actually show intelligence on the field. Educated input wow, haha man its a good thing your educated enough to know any better right
Phil
Friday February 5, 2010 4:04 pm
I get the fact that european players will not e released for a non FIFA date, but it only underscores the fact that this whole camp is a waste of time, energy, and expense.

If you're looking for an additional sub with international potential, you need to look INTERNATIONALLY. Comb the european rosters, catch a match or training session or two in Mexico (in disguise of course) spend the money on scouting and plane tickets, maybe even chat up the club managers face to face. Who knows what you'll learn/see that way?

ALL of these MLS players are known elements. They have everything to lose and nothing to gain in this match.
Jeff
Friday February 5, 2010 1:18 pm
you've got to look for depth and maybe a wildcard to take to S.A. and you cant play the European guys until a week later so what do you guys expect? in this lineup, i'd go with:

Perkins
Orozco, Gonzalez, Marshall, Wynn
Beckerman, Davis, Kljestan, Rogers,
Cunningham, Findley
murf
Friday February 5, 2010 1:10 pm
eurofan, as someone mentioned listerally 4 inches down the page, this roster was never going to consist of players in europe. pretty much 1-2 of these guys have a shot at actually starting and that is probably down to a few regulars possibly not being healthy by then. the guys in europe would never have been let go for a half-month training session and 1 game. these guys are fighting for bench spots. to write off the US teams chances because you dont like a meaningless friendly roster is just plain dumb.
Vicious
Friday February 5, 2010 10:06 am
Seriously,

Alex, ScottB and Eurofan - could you reveal any better that you know so little about international and club soccer? Bradley cannot recall European based players for a friendly that is not scheduled on FIFA's pre-determined dates. He is trying to see who may shine with the admitted C team against mediocre opposition. If someone (or two) stand out, then those players may be called in for the real WC tune ups (Holland). Please stop posting if you do not have an educated input. You only confuse other misinformed people.
jbird
Friday February 5, 2010 9:56 am
Elliot is the only person making any sense. The top-shelf players aren't going to participate in camp in the middle of their seasons. Let Adu, Johnson, Cooper, etc... get their 20 minutes on their club teams. They're better off chipping away at a chance to start than spending time in the U.S. practicing with a bunch of MLS guys.
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