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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
US national team head coach Bob Bradley today unveiled his final 23 man roster that will play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup which begins next month in South Africa.

A little over two weeks ago, Bradley announced a thirty man provisional roster to take part in a camp at Princeton University and play in a friendly against the Czech Republic.

After a 4-2 loss in that game, Bradley has made the seven cuts and the World Cup roster is now complete.

At forward, Bradley trimmed the six players on the initial list to four and released Eddie Johnson and Brian Ching. Ching comes as perhaps the most surprising cut from the initial 30 man roster.

Last year the veteran Ching fell out of favor with Bradley and earlier this year, suffered a hamstring injury, however last night the native Hawaiian played well up top with Herculez Gomez and was part of several scoring opportunities.

Still, most thought Ching would make the squad and provide veteran leadership to the team in South Africa.

On the roster, Gomez and Findley will surely be considered the most surprising players on this roster with neither having been in consideration during World Cup qualifying.

Gomez's play with Puebla in 2010 as well as a strong camp and a goal in last night's friendly forced Bradley's hand.

For Findley, he comes into roster having won a MLS Cup with Real Salt Lake. The speedy forward had only one cap entering into 2010 and that was in a 2007 friendly against Switzerland.

Of the four forwards on the roster, Gomez, Buddle and Findley were not part of World Cup qualifying.

In the midfield, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers, and Alejandro Bedoya were released back to their clubs. After entering into 2010 as an uncapped player, Bedoya made a strong push in recent months but his effort fell just short. The Weston, Florida native looks to be a key player with the start of the 2014 cycle beginning in just a few months.

On defense, Bradley released Chad Marshall and Heath Pearce. This comes as no surprise as Pearce had a very poor outing against the Czech Republic and Marshall was unable to see action in the game.

Injuries and fitness will be of top concern as Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu and Jay Demerit have all missed games recently.

The US will be looking to rebound next month in South Africa after a poor World Cup four years ago in Germany when the Americans failed to advance out of group play. On the 23 man roster, only six players have played in a World Cup game before.

The complete US World Cup team will play their first of two friendlies this Saturday in Philadelphia when they face Turkey. After arriving in South Africa, the Americans are scheduled to play one last friendly against Australia in Roodepoort on June 5th before beginning Group C play on June 12th versus England.


Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Hahnemann, Marcus Wolverhampton Wanderers (England)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)


Bocanegra, Carlos Rennes (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan Chivas USA (MLS)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
DeMerit, Jay Watford (England)
Goodson, Clarence IK Start (Norway)
Onyewu,Oguchi AC Milan (Italy)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)


Beasley, DaMarcus (unattached)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham FC (England)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Feilhaber, Benny AGF Aarhus (Denmark)
Holden, Stuart Bolton Wanders (England)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)


Altidore, Jozy Vilarreal (Spain)
Findley, Robbie Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Buddle, Edson LA Galaxy (MLS)
Gomez, Herculez Pachuca (Mexico)
Wednesday May 26, 2010 4:18 pm
SHOCKED that Ching & Kljestan didn't make it...not that I thought Kljestan deserved to be on the roster...and that Findley was included. Happy for Beasley, Gomez & Buddle and the roster is pretty much what I expected, outside of Ching, Kljestan & Findley.

My starting XI v England:


Subs: Goodson, Beasley & Buddle/Gomez
Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:17 pm
Overall I'm very pleased with the selections. Findley over Ching was a big surprise to me but I'm really glad to see the inclusion of the forwards on streaks. The ability to put the goal into the net can never be underestimated.

Can anyone seriously be surprised Bornstein was selected? I agree he is not what we need but Bradley for some reason has a woody for this guy and has stuck with him through thick and thin. My only hope is that he's a sub and not a starter.
Tom M
Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:15 pm
I thought that Eddie Johnson was deserving of a spot. He had a great spell in Greece, and is clearly faster, more physicial, and more experienced than Findley. I am excited for the prospects of Herculez Gomez. I think that at one point he will make a positive difference at some point in the tournament. The question that will be continually posed is if Bobs men, under his tutelage, will be able to keep their form and shape continuously on the field. Against England, they will attack our left flank, as we are defensively weak in midfield and defense there. Possibly youll see Clint play up and down the left, just for defensive ability, previously shown at Fulham against similiar opponents in the Premiership. I would like to see Jozy and Gomez start against England up front.

Starting XI against England
Bocanegra, Demerit, Spector, Cherundolo
Donovan, Bradley, Edu, Dempsey
Alitdore, Gomez
Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:07 pm
I know it's just one game and we don't have insight into the training sessions, but I think Ching and Rogers should have taken 2 spots. It seems we are all on the same page with Ching, but maybe he and Altidore were too similar for Bradley. I know Rogers has had up and down international games, but he was tearing up the left side of the pitch last night and is not afraid to go 1 v 1!

I am deeply concerned about our defense. It seems we just let in goals. Doesn’t matter who is in there. We have let in 10 goals in our last 4 games. I just hope Bradley can resolve our defensive woes… and I would have left Gooch off the roster. He is not ready.

My biggest concerns:
Gooch not ready, Bornstein’s fouling and distribution, Bocanegra and DeMerit injuries.

And Bradley needs to find a way to keep Holden ON the pitch. He is the next US superstar!
Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:05 pm
Can't believe that Findley was a lock, and wanted Bedoya, but ow well.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:03 pm
Overall i feel BB did a good job.

However, Bornstein has and will cost us a game or two. i truly hope he does not see the pitch. he is simply not ready yet.

Roberts should have been on this squad instead.

BB better not play him or Klinsmann will have a new job.

i am glad for Gomez. He has the ablity to continue what Davies started.

i hope he rolls out:

Altidore, Gomez
Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Feilhaber
Boca, DeMerit, Goodson, Spector

with Edu, Buddle and Torres.

and he needs to play them in every warm up match so they can gel.

and like Clarence said "Let's friggin' get it on, men"

Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:58 pm
1st – Every time, when everyone cried about Davies, I mentioned that our best concern is defense. Now BB left only 7 defenders in the roster. Gooch – is completely out of form. Boca and JDM are sick and I’m not sure that they will be 100% on time. Suddenly, we have a problem not on the left only but in the center as well. BB definitely had to bring Hajduk who is much better then both his pet Bornstein and Pearce.

It looks like during the tournament BB will start patching up defense moving DMB and Edu there (and we saw not once how poorly both of them play there)

2nd – I absolutely shocked to see Findley in the team. He did not play against Czech, so probably BB made his decision before the game. I’m surprise as everyone that Ching was not chosen – I think he is ahead of both Findley and Gomez.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:55 pm
Like most people, I am most surprised by Ching not being selected. He does a lot of things well but he just doesn't score goals. That is why I think Gomez is a nice addition. He is scoring goals and that is what we need.

I do think this is the deepest, most talented team the USA has ever fielded.

They have a problem with left back. Bornstein looked a step behind in every way. It will be interesting to see on Saturday if Spector or Carlos plays left back as they have in the past. Theo Walcott or Shaun Wright Phillips is going to cause havoc for us in the England game.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:55 pm
yeah, Bornstein has got to be the 7th (maybe even 8th if Edu can play back there) defender but the alternative was Pearce so whaddayagonnado? Ching or Findley, yes that's the 5th forward so you're trying to do something else here--chemistry? looking to the future? more speed? any of those are good enough reasons though i value Ching as a class act (and Native Hawaiian!). I kind of wish Bedoya had made it so he can watch from the bench--in favor of Beaz though he's been playing better lately. talk about raising the heartbeat, that'll happen for me if Beaz is in there.
Wednesday May 26, 2010 2:45 pm
I too am most worried about our defense. Anyone who saw that match last night and watched Onyewu must be uneasy about him right now. Either he was told to take it easy (due to fitness and continued rehab) or he was favoring his leg or he isn't match fit.

None of those choices leave me feeling too good about him right now.
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