BRADLEY POSTS ROSTER FOR S. AFRICA
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, November 11, 2010
US national team head coach Bob Bradley today announced the 18 man roster that will take on South Africa next Wednesday November 17th at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium.

The roster does not include many first team regulars and instead will offer an opportunity for many younger players to earn their first cap.

Among the most intriguing selections is Stabaek midfielder Mikkel Diskerud who was a member of last year's US U20 national team and has gone on to have a pair of successful seasons for his Norwegian club.

Another notable pick is Kansas City Wizard forward Teal Bunbury who is the son of former Canadian international Alex Bunbury. The younger Bunbury has previously represented Canada at the U17 and U20 level but was also eligible for the the US. His inclusion in this roster marks another setback for the Canadian program.

Also included are current US U20 stars Gale Agbossoumonde and Juan Agudelo.

Agudelo, 17, emerged late this season with the New York Red Bulls and earned rave reviews for his talented play. The Colombian-born forward is one of the top offensive players for the US U20 national team.

Agbossoumonde, 18, is the current captain of the US U20 national team. While he is still searching for a club after his extension with Braga fell through in August, he is expected to find a new club quickly when the January transfer window opens. Agbossoumonde was widely considered to be the best player in the Milk Cup in July that was won by the US U20 national team.

Also included is MLS rookie defender Tim Ream who was considered by many to be the best rookie defender of the year. The University of Saint Louis product earned high praise for his skills with the ball in addition to his positional defending.

This game against South Africa will be the last game of the year for the US national team and they will be looking for their first win since the 2010 World Cup.

The US national team roster:

Goalkeepers

Cervi, Dominic Celtic (Scotland)
Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)

Defenders

Agbossoumonde, Gale Unattached
Borchers, Nat Salt Lake (MLS)
Bornstein, Jonathan Tigres (Mexico)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Lichaj, Eric Aston Villa (England)
Ream, Tim New York (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)

Midfielders

Bedoya, Alejandro Orebro (Sweden)
Carroll, Brian Columbus Crew (MLS)
Diskerud, Mikkel Stabaek (Norway)
Gaven, Eddie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Pause, Logan Chicago Fire (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)

Forwards

Agudelo, Juan New York (MLS)
Bunbury, Teal Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Finley, Robbie Salt Lake (MLS)
Dana Blankenhorn
Tuesday November 16, 2010 5:37 pm
Unfortunately the U.S. coach has to be a sort of agent for our young players, helping them find clubs where they can learn, grow and succeed. This game is putting some talent in the shop window.
Mickey Da Mopa
Sunday November 14, 2010 11:56 am
Good call on BB's part, we need to find out whether or not those coming up are any good.
Grant
Saturday November 13, 2010 8:53 am
Nice that BB took a chance with some kids we do not know much about. But, how many will ever appear again in a "meaningful" USMNT game? And, it does not seem to be much of a "taking a chance" game as we are playing in SA against a team that no one outside of SA cares about. Plus, a game that not many people will watch. I would have liked to have seen a better mix of youth and experience but at least it is something different from BB. At the end of the day we are somewhat limited with options.
duriseti
Friday November 12, 2010 6:30 pm
Ream is pure quality. His decision making on his first touch and his general positioning are superb.
Ed C.
Friday November 12, 2010 4:50 am
since its a friendly, why not try the youngsters, although if the game was held in the USA, i wonder if anybody would bother going based on the fact that you're not really getting value for money with a youth team. still, nice move BB. i still don't think you're the man for the job though! (o:
Juan from L.A.
Friday November 12, 2010 12:13 am
Overall I'm happy about Bradley list especially about Mix call up and his comments today show why he will be a favorite amongst fans about putting on the 'beautiful US jersey'...that's passion and dedication...well deserved...

Now to the negatives...Pause and Carroll shouldn't be there...even more Beckermann is 10 times better than those two...Spector needs to get his act together and its not USMNT worthy right now...Findley was a bench in his team nad we know it was a stubborn decision to even bring him to the WC...

I sadly believe SA will run us down unfortunately...I believe and applaud the youth call ups but they should had been balanced with veterans that are capable to hold the ship and teach them something...
sudzy
Thursday November 11, 2010 5:30 pm
Wow! I'm excited and pleased to see that BB is experimenting! There are some quality younger players here. Although this is a largely untested group at his level, I've been wondering if/when Ream and Diskerud would get a chance. Agudelo is an interesting choice. He looked very good at the close of the Red Bull season. Ream has a great deal of potential. I wonder how much longer til a Euro team comes knocking for him.
Ilya
Thursday November 11, 2010 4:40 pm
Finally, step to the right direction.
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