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)
jon
Friday February 5, 2010 5:24 am
I have been reading peoples comment for the last year or so but I have never commented. I think that before people start posting coment about what rosters are selected for games like this one should understand so important items.

1. The US can not call in any players from Europe as this is not an approved FIFA date. The clubs that are players are with will not release players for these friendlies.

2. While I don't agree with some of the picks that Bradley makes most do make sense as he is trying to find what will be probably the last 4 or 5 players that will be on the bench at the World Cup. These players will probably never see the field, but they need to be people that fit with in the team and will accept that they will probably not play. Not always an easy thing for the players or the coach.

In closing instead of being so negative about Bradley and the team how about showing some support for them
Brent Storrs
Friday February 5, 2010 5:00 am
Seems like an alright line up to me. He has players that still have a good chance to make the team for SA like Perkins, Borstein, Casey, Cunningham, Findley, Rogers, Marshall and players for the future like Kljestan, Mccarty, , Orozco and Wynn, Pontius. I have not seen them all play but its good to know that we can Field a full team of MLS players and complete with teams from our Region. Its a slow but rewarding process.
eurofan
Thursday February 4, 2010 7:22 pm
all i got to say is damn, not a surprise from a sorry coach like bradley. Sasha, Ching, Bornstien, Marshall, and Casey?! I give up on the US team! I dont understand this coach at all nor the sunil gulati! were losing every game in the world cup! england 4 US 0, Slovenia 2- US 0, Algeria 3- US 0. thats my prediction. All hope is lost with this coach and the team he takes to the World Cup. Ive always been a US fan but not this time and the coach is the reason why and the sorry excuse for the players he takes!
Brian
Thursday February 4, 2010 6:23 pm
Hmm....there are a few names i'd love to overlook, but then there are a few young'un that deserve a look.

Perkins

Pearce, Marshall, Orozco,Alston

Davis, McCarty, (doesn't matter who else, we've plenty of these), Rogers

Ching, Findley.

Now, let's try to not get anyone suspended!
Andy
Thursday February 4, 2010 5:49 pm
Boring line up and an almost guaranteed loss. I feel bad for the guys who do deserve a good look but are having to prove themselves with a weak supporting cast. I also hate the fact the entire squad is made up of guys who are not actively playing (since the MLS is out of season).
Elliott
Thursday February 4, 2010 5:37 pm
He's not going to pull those playing in Europe, in the middle of their season, back for a month of training camp and one match against El Salvador. In fact, he CAN'T pull them back. He's got one international fixture date (the match against Holland) that he can pull them for the roster, and he WILL pull those playing in Europe for that friendly match.
Williger
Thursday February 4, 2010 5:33 pm
No offense to Alex, but your comments reflect that you don't follow what's happening in Europe.

Adu might be worth calling up IF he plays. Ferrari couldn't even get a contract with a Danish team and doesn't always play for his Italian teams that aren't even in the Serie A/B/C relegation system. Bernardo is out of contract and may be coming to MLS (so is not necessarily even IN Europe). Zizzo is usually injured and never plays.

I don't like Bradley but he has been pretty good about giving players a look if they deserve it.
ScottB
Thursday February 4, 2010 3:59 pm
Wow! Are we really in that bad of shape that in a world cup year this is all we got?
I'm a big MLS fan and I like a lot these guys in that setting (Go Chivas!) but this doesn't look like a Wolrd Cup roster. It looks like an MLS team that could make a good run into the playoffs or maybe a second team MLS allstar roster.
What can Bradley possibly learn by watching these guys play?
alex
Thursday February 4, 2010 3:26 pm
Dumb roster focus on young talent in europe like zizzo, adu,ferrari,bernardo
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