US ROSTER FOR UPCOMING QUALIFIERS

Bob Bradley has called in 20 players for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Read the full story here:

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_9437187.html

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION

GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 4/3 SO)

DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 14/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 16/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 12/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 9/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 3/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 17/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 3/1), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 2/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 1/0), Eddie Lewis (Los Angeles Galaxy: 20/3)

FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 8/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 22/8), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 9/2), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 8/8)

Some thoughts:

There are some names on this squad that you are almost always guaranteed to see. Players like Donovan, Howard, Bocanegra, Beasley, Gooch, Dempsey, and Bradley. These players are looking more and more like the core of Bob Bradley’s team.

Six players from the Olympic squad have made this roster: Guzan, Klejstan, Orozco, Wynne, Edu, and Bradley.

The inclusion of Wynne and Orozco is particularly interesting to me. I don’t think Coach Bradley is satisfied with what he has seen from the outside backs thus far, and maybe he wants to try out some new blood. Pearce has started the last few games but hasn’t exactly put in stellar performances. I think Wynne might be the future right back for USMNT, but right now I don’t really see Orozco competing for the left back position. Nowak put Orozco on the outside left during the Olympics after Spector and Sturgis were unavailable due to injury. With the exception of his muay thai elbow strike to the Nigerian player, he did an ‘OK’ job. I still think Orozco’s best position is more central. He could develop into a great left back but right now he is still behind Pearce, Bornstein, Spector, and Sturgis for that left back spot.

Who didn’t make the roster?

Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore are both missing from this group. These two teenage phenoms have just made moves to new clubs over the summer ( Jozy to Villarreal and Adu to Monaco). Because of the significant time they spent with the Olympic team, I think it is only fair that they get a chance to get accustomed to their new clubs and try to earn some playing time.

A more interesting omission is Kenny Cooper. The 23 year old FC Dallas striker has 13 goals and 3 assists this season, only 1 goal behind league leader Landon Donovan. There was a lot of speculation that he was left out of the squad that went to Guatemala so that he would be available for this camp. I don’t really think Cooper was going to step in and cure the USMNT scoring problems, but I do think its time to start grooming him as a future forward option.

Let me know what you guys think of this roster, and possible lineups against T&T and Cuba.