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)