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.
Perkins, Troy (DC United)
Rimando, Nick (Real Salt Lake)
Thornton, Zach (CD Chivas)
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)
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)
Casey, Conor (Colorado Rapids)
Ching, Brian (Houston Dynamo)
Cunningham, Jeff (FC Dallas)
Findley, Robbie (Real Salt Lake)