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USA Roster Unveiled

Here's the USA crew (13 from Europe, 11 from MLS) for the March 25 friendly against Ecuador (which is bringing 11 World Cup players) in Tampa and the March 28 match vs. Guatemala in Frisco, Tex.:

Goalkeepers (3) - Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
Defenders (8) -Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Jay Demerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Newcastle United), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjælland), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
Midfielders (7) - DaMarcus Beasley (Manchester City), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Brian Carroll (D.C. United), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburger SV), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire)
Forwards (6) - Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

Nice blend of young and old, experienced and inexperienced, foreign-based and MLS. Good to see Keller back in the fold. I'm sure he will start one game, Howard the other.

"This camp provides a great opportunity to see some of our experienced players from Europe, as well as some new faces, and incorporate them into the group and share the ideas that we have been building on since the beginning of the year," said interim coach Bob Bradley, who is 2-0 at the helm. "By the end of this camp, we will have had the chance to work with a vast majority of our player pool. It will be extremely beneficial when we have to make decisions about the Gold Cup and Copa America."

Notice he mentioned Gold Cup and Copa.......Hmmmm, full-time job on the way? More likely, he's saying "we" as the collective U.S. program. Don't read anything into it -- like I just did. :-)

By Steve Goff  |  March 15, 2007; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

I think the big news here is that Bobby Boswell turned down a call-up to the National Team in order to focus his attention on the upcoming BobbyBoswell.com launch party (and other BobbyBoswell.com duties). That's got to be only way this "Oguchi Onyewu" gets a defensive spot...

Also, how long do you think the folks at US Soccer have been waiting to use that "Bradley Bunch" idea on the ussoccer.com?

Posted by: NW FC | March 15, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Keller? Thought he was done? Nice to see him back tho. Still rock solid. Think Demerit will see the pitch? Several new names. All MLSers for forwards? Hmmm.

Posted by: Matt | March 15, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Without Brian McBride, who would be a non-MLS forward? Since Rossi or whatever that Jersey boy's name is wants to play for the Italians, who else is there?

Posted by: Well..... | March 15, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Here is my hope for a starting 11
Howard
Dolo-Gooch-Demerit-Boca
Dempsey-Bradley-Feilheiber-Beasley
Cooper and EJ

Posted by: dtd | March 15, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

yeah, the one thing that jumped out at me also was that the forward pool is all MLS-based.

Posted by: pat | March 15, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

interesting to see as the US team goes further up the field the more MLS and less European it gets.

Posted by: Diego R. | March 15, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking the exact same thing as some other posters re: the US seeming to "breed from the back". What is it about the US talent pool that makes us good goalkeepers and defenders, decent midfielders, and bad forwards -- relatively speaking?

Posted by: edgeonyou | March 15, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Who is that first poster that suggested Boswell is better than Gooch???? Where has this guy been????

As for the forwards: Who else do you put in there? Johann Smith? Altidore? Jemal Johnson? As mentioned, other than McBride, we have no seasoned or respectable FWs outside the MLS....but one may be on the way....keep an eye out for Gabriel Ferrari...if he starts getting some PT for Sampdoria in Serie A he could be a major factor.

Posted by: James in L.A. | March 15, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Before anyone says anything...yes I know Altidore plays here for New York, just mentioning his name as a possible inclusion.

Posted by: James in L.A. | March 15, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

That's pretty sweet for B.C. I reckon the coaches liked what they saw of Carroll last time and decided they want to see some more minutes out of him.

It really looks like a strong roster all around.

Posted by: Joe S. | March 15, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

James - I agree, and was commenting more on the lack of forwards or anyone with finishing ability that can compete in the top leagues.

As for Altidore, Bradley has already said that the thinks that Altidore and Adu's focus this year is on the U-20 cup.

Posted by: pat | March 15, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

although now that I think about it, Michael Bradley is a U-20 member too, so who knows

Posted by: pat | March 15, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

My 11
Howard
Dolo-Gooch-Demerit-Boca
Dempsey-Clark-Feilheiber-Mapp
Donovan-Twellman

Posted by: jj | March 15, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What no Adu?

Posted by: del | March 15, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

RE: James in L.A. and the rest of you Yanks Abroad addicts....

Nice group of forwards there. No caps, no goals I think are the stats for each.

As for Gabriel Ferrari, he's not listed by US Soccer as being on our U-18, U-20 or U-23 player pool....so he's just going to play for the senior squad off the bat? He's just another Jersey/NY "Italian" American who wants to play for the Azzurri 'cause he thinks he looks good in those tight blue bicycle shirts. He could maybe step down and play for the US, but I suspect he's at Samp to get noticed by the Italians. Anyway, so far he's all zeros across the board for his Samp first team stats. How about he gets some first team playing time somewhere before he makes our senior nats squad?

Posted by: No caps, No goals | March 15, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Del-

Please tell me you are kidding.

Posted by: tedski | March 15, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Here's why we're not good up front in the U.S. Because soccer in the U.S. is about coaching and formalized practices.

Think about it ... how creative can a player get when he is being forced into a squad and practices with a goal every time of how to win. That's great for positiongs like holding midfield and defense, where tactics and organization and communication come in. But not for going forward on the attack, on knowing and creating something out of nothing.

Far too few American players just play pick-up soccer as they're growing up. It's why our best forwards are goal poachers, not creators.

Really, I think this is an issue that can't be fixed easily. But I don't think that it's a coincidence that the best and most creative players in the world come from Brazil and Argentina, and Africa (Zidane) where every lunch break is a pick-up game at school and formal practices are small.

There's no easy way to develop a creative striker through practices. Those talents rise to the top by playing all the time, on their own.

But I like this roster. It's going to depend on good flank play to get the goals. Though we should be very, very strong in defense.

Posted by: G-Unit | March 15, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It' a good roster. Any reason why weren't not pulling in Friedel instead of Keller? He's having a much better year. Noticed that Eddie Lewis is not coming either.

Posted by: madbelgian | March 15, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Because Friedel has retired from international duty. He doesn't want to do it anymore.

Goff may know about Lewis ... is he still playing anywhere?

Posted by: G-Unit | March 15, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Lewis is still playing for Leeds. No point in calling him in. He'll be 36 by the time the next World Cup comes around, time to see what the younger guys can do.

Posted by: ab | March 15, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"Who is that first poster that suggested Boswell is better than Gooch???? Where has this guy been????"

Thats me. Easy tiger. Joke.

As much as like I like Mr. BobbyBoswell.com, I think he has got a long way to go before getting regular Nats duty amidst such a good young defensive pool. Not to say he isnt deserving, but thats a hell of a group of players (Bradley Bunch?) we've get assembled in the back for this match.

Except this Cherundolo cat, who the heck is he? ;)

Posted by: NW FC | March 15, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I really like this.How can I forward it to my son out West? Oldtimer.

Posted by: PKB | March 16, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

GIVE CRISTIAN GOMEZ U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND PUT HIM TO PLAY FOR THE STAR AND STRIPES....

Posted by: U N I T E D FAN in LA | March 16, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hope Franky Simek gets a run out in your national side as he's been first class for us all season. (Sheffield Wednesday season ticket holder-England)

Posted by: Steve Bedford | March 17, 2007 3:12 AM | Report abuse

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