BRADLEY NAMES GOLD CUP ROSTER
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, May 23, 2011
US national team head coach Bob Bradley today announced his 23 man roster that will play in this summer's Gold Cup.

With a spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup on the line, Bradley named the strongest roster available to him.

The US backline will be lead by captain Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo who were stalwarts at the 2010 World Cup where the Americans advanced to the final 16. Clarence Goodson was on the World Cup team but did not see any action in South Africa. His exceptional play this season at Brondby however will see him most likely play a larger role.

In the midfield, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan will once again lead the team as they have for the past five years. They will be joined by regulars in Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, and Benny Feilhaber.

The biggest addition this cycle is Jermaine Jones who switched his national affiliation from Germany to the US in 2009 but missed out on the World Cup with a lengthy leg injury. His presence should boost the US in the central midfield.

The biggest surprise of the tournament is the addition of Freddy Adu who has seen a return to form the past season when he joined Rzespor of the Turkish second division.

Bolton Wanders' midfielder Stuart Holden will miss the tournament with a knee injury and his absence is the most significant for the US team.

At forward, Juan Agudelo and Chris Wondolowski will look to provide a boost at a position the US team has struggled since 2009 when Charlie Davies suffered serious injuries in a car crash.

The most notable absence on the team is Nurnberg right back Timothy Chandler who declined to join the team because he was tired after his first professional season and Nurnberg's preseason begins on June 26.

Other notable absences are Stabaek's Mikkel Diskerud, Pachuca's Herc Gomez and Jose Torres, Orebro's Alejandro Bedoya, Ingolstadt's Edson Buddle, and Sporting Kansas City's Teal Bunbury.

Mexico are currently the defending champions of the Gold Cup after winning the tournament in 2009. That tournament however was mostly played with second team players as a Confederations Cup spot was not on the line.

The last time a birth in the Confederations Cup was on the line at the Gold Cup was in 2007 when the US won the tournament following a thrilling 2-1 win over Mexico in the final at Chicago's Soldier Field.

The US will host Spain on June 4 in Foxboro to prepare for the Gold Cup.

Goalkeepers

Hahnemann, Marcus Wolverhampton (England)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Rimando, Nick Real Salt Lake (MLS)

Defenders

Bocanegra, Carlos St. Etienne (France)
Bornstein, Jonathan UNAL Tigres (Mexico)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Lichaj, Eric Aston Villa (England)
Onyewu, Oguchi FC Twente (Holland)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan West Ham United (England)

Midfielders

Adu, Fredy Rizespor (Turkey)
Bradley, Michael Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Felihaber, Benny New England Revolution (MLS)
Jones, Jermaine Schalke 04 (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha Anderlecht (Belgium)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)

Forwards

Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy Vilarreal (Spain)
Wondolowski, Chris San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Michael
Thursday May 26, 2011 8:51 am
Jonathan Bornstein, Really? Why? what a waste. Pull a kid out of the U17s and give the kid the ride of his life but this is awful. He is a disaster waiting to happen and Bradley continues to invte this guy again and again.
Why no Tim Chandler, I read he asked out, could have had him on the roster instead of Bornstein and just let him drink beer and hang out with the team, couldn't we??
Bedoya or Torres over Rogers and Kljestan, Demerit over Gooch. Herc over Wondolowski (although I am pulling for him), Ahh hell, Herc over Altidore keep Wondo.
Going to be fun.
Tiger
Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:38 pm
Brannon,

Regarding Adu, I should have specified that I was referring to his lack of production at any level of quality first division competition. Playing second division in Turkey is well beneath the caliber of play that warrants USMNT call up and selection.

I completely agree with Billy Bob's comments that quality effort and performance in training bear direct relation to opportunities for match time.

I agree with you that Bunbury currently warrants the opportunity more than Josey.

I wonder why Demerit was not selected over JB and Gooch. Perhaps he is resting and/or healing before the resumption of preseason training and play in England. This is what I have heard Brad Guzan's English club preferred he do instead of likely riding the bench behind Tim Howard throughout this tournament, although there may be some opportunities for various reserves against some of the lesser sides in this tournament.

The presence of Bedoya and Torres will be missed, particularly with Holden injured and unavailable. I disagree with the writer who claims that Torres is not physically "big enough" for international competition. See Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, and Scholes, amongst multitudes of other physically diminutive players who compete effectively, and indeed often dominate at the highest levels of club and international competition.
muchadu
Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:10 pm
Sorry I forgot the most important thing I had to say.
WE GOTTA GET CHARLIE DAVIES BACK ON THE FIELD!!! Pair him with Agudelo and we have finally found the two strikers we have needed for years!! Altidore should come in as an offensive super sub when we need another goal. His stamina level dictates this move and because he is so physically strong he would be tough to defend late in the game as defensives are getting tired of chasing CD9 and 19 yr. old Agudelo around. Davies and Agudelo are so aggressive that they will give Donovan and Dempsey more chances to score also.
Billy Bob
Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:02 pm
Players generally have to earn playing time by demonstrating talent and quality on the training ground. Manager after manager after manager has realized that the quality is just not exhibited on a consistent basis. That is why he doesn't get the minutes.
PRODUCING in the Turkish second division really doesn't say much. Freddy looks good playing against inferior players in an inferior division of an inferior league. Wonderful. A real magician.
leeterofcola
Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:57 pm
Not too many problems with the selections. Of course obvious ones like Bornstein. I've been saying for over 4 years now that, that guy is a runner, not a soccer player. His only value is his speed. He offers nothing in attack and very little in defense. Rogers I'm a little surprised by, but not angry about. I would've rather had a good look at Bedoya. Wondolowski may not have everyone's respect yet, but the guy continues to find ways to score. I can't blame Bob for trying out new players. Forward is always a problem for us. The only reason I have a problem with Adu's selection is that there were already too many experiments going on (Wondo, Rogers) I'd be fine with it if Stuart Holden weren't injured and on the squad. But look folks Freddy is still young and there's still time for him to become a productive player for the USA. When he plays well he's insane, go back and look at the Youth World Cup in Canada. If we can get that guy and not the guy who looks lost, then it's great. On a side note: I wonder why a guy like Zak Whitbread hasn't gotten a chance here. His team just gained promotion to the premier league and Gooch is still not the same player. Why not have a look at him?
Billy Bob
Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:47 pm
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Murph
Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:39 pm
This is why we needed to change the coaching staff... Brad can't see the Forrest through the trees. Freddy, Jose...no Bedoya -- come on Brad! I thought success at the club level was integral for National team nod??? No?
muchadu
Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:37 pm
Billy bob,

Are you serious about Adu? When u dont get enough playing time how are u supposed to show what u can do? He did play pretty good for Aris but they had a coaching shake up and that was first division in Greece. As for his past clubs he got very few chances to prove his worth and again these were mostly first division Portuguese and French clubs! Ok so he plays second division in Turkey! He is PRODUCING and he actually has real offensive skills that most of our USMT players just DONT HAVE! He needs 90 freakin minutes against anybody and will please anyone who watches him attack, collect fouls and set pieces, make great passes,create havoc with defenses with his dribbling and sometimes score. Who the heck does that for us now???? Brannon is totally right and yes we should have taken Chandler or Demerit on D instead of JB and probably Jose Torres or Bedoya before Rogers.
Billy Bob
Wednesday May 25, 2011 8:35 am
Brannon-- Freddy getting the nod on the Gold Cup roster is a nice little story line and Bradley will look like a genius if Freddy comes good and produces.

But you're in need of a history lesson and I will give it to you. Freddy failed at Benfica, Monaco, and Belenenses. He then went to Aris in Greece where the coach played him a little bit at first but then benched him because he was bad.

Now he's in the second division of Turkey after four straight moves downward. Again, this is a terrible league that the national team shouldn't even touch. It's like NASA recruting elite scientists at a community college. Scoring a handful of goals in that league really doesnt say anything. You're confidence in Freddy is unjustified.
Jose
Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:42 am
May be Chandler don't like the coach after he see the roster ,no future with BB who has no clue how to play soccer ,, Borsteing,Adu, Rogers, Felihaber, Kljestan? really "Coach" BB, until we change the coach ,no future for USA team ,plus many dual players will think two times before bean coach from somebody like BB
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