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USA Training Camp Roster(s)

I'm not really back. Not until Wednesday. But couldn't resist sharing the USA national team training camp roster for this month's workouts and Jan. 19 friendly against Sweden at Home Depot Center. As astute followers of the team, you know only MLS players and a handful of very northern European pros on break were available, right? In addition, Peter Nowak has called in 24 players for a U-23 camp at Bradenton (several Euro-based players were made available by their respective clubs).

Discuss. See you in a few days. Now, back to sleep.

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Chicago Fire), Zach Wells (D.C. United).

DEFENDERS: Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC).

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brian Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution).

FORWARDS: Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus).

Says Bob Bradley: "This is another great opportunity to reinforce the principles of how this team operates both on and off the field, as well as giving us the chance to look at players that may be able to help us when World Cup qualifying begins in June."

GOALKEEPERS: Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake), Chris Brown (Boston College), Billy Chiles (Towson University).

DEFENDERS: Sean Franklin (Cal State Northridge), Steve Purdy (1860 Munich), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Greg Dalby (SC Charleroi), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Pat Phelan (Wake Forest), Mike Randolph (Galaxy), Chance Myers (UCLA).

MIDFIELDERS: Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Johann Smith (Darlington), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Stephen King (Maryland), Alejandro Bedoya (Boston College), Eric Avila (UC Santa Barbara), Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew).

FORWARDS: Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg).

By Steve Goff  |  December 31, 2007; 3:18 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Interesting that 4 of the U-23s won't be with Nowak's squad because they'll be busy with Bradley's (Edu, Kljestan, Altidore, Wynne).

Posted by: Stan | December 31, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, look who's not really back! In this drought you left us in, I'll take your mirrage any day, Goff. Thanks for the update, and Happy New Year, man.

Nice mix. The usual suspects at the core, and I know this is what Bob has to work with for now. I heard of this White kid and would like to see what he brings to the table.

Posted by: Kosh | December 31, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Yecch - I'll take Sweden and lay the points (goals?). Oh, and whatever the 'under' is. Happy New Year Senor Goff!

Posted by: Hmmm | December 31, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The link is in Swedish, but at the bottom of the page there appears to be a chart of the players who will be making the trip for the games against Costa Rica and the US in Jan. Assumming the 4th column (A) stands for appearances it seems like Sweden will be playing a large number of inexperienced players (on the international scene)

Posted by: emanon | December 31, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

White's from DC? What?

Posted by: MoButta | December 31, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Goff, Happy New Year! Can't wait for Wednesday's updates.

Posted by: Friendship Heights | December 31, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Troy Perkins wasn't good enough, but Zack Wells is :)

Posted by: RK | December 31, 2007 6:38 PM | Report abuse

White was born in DC, but appears to have gone to high school in PA

Posted by: emanon | December 31, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Perkins starts training in Norway Jan.3

Posted by: DP | December 31, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

happy new years to all !!!!

Posted by: koolcaio | January 1, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

You tease.

Happy New Year

Posted by: sitruc | January 1, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

As noted on the previous thread, Portuguese press says Figo is coming to MLS for 7 million euros for two seasons (that's about 10.5 million dollars at the moment).

Sure hope Jozy, et al are in the U-23 qualifiers....

Posted by: Troy | January 1, 2008 4:34 AM | Report abuse

nice link, emanon. I speak Swedish and the article says 10 newcomers to the national side will make the trip. That column with the odd string of numbers represent the players' birthdays, year first. Lots of 1986 birthdays which, in addition to making me feel old, shows a young squad indeed. Only three players who have ever scored a goal in international competition....

Posted by: Troy | January 1, 2008 4:38 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year everyone!!

Posted by: Red Devil | January 1, 2008 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to all!!!
Arsenal keeps winning and I think they will win the prem this year. Man U's play is inexcuseable. How can they loose for West Ham and very poor play against Bermingham today.

Posted by: td | January 1, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Why no love for Clarence Goodson in the print edition today? Wells, White, Twellman get mentioned - why not Goodson? He grew up here, played at WT Woodson & Maryland and gets his first camp call-up...that's deserving of a mention!

Posted by: Miss the Mark | January 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey, we made the Style Section IN list for 2008! Griping about Poplar Point is the new Griping about the Baseball Stadium.

Posted by: Tim | January 1, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

- i'm tired of eddie johnson.
- i like the MNT defender selections. glad to see the guys that everyone on the internet seems to think need a shot, actually get their shot (i.e. robinson, parkhurst, moor, goodsen, dunivant).
- i think robbie rogers will impress.
- i'd like to see more of jeremiah white and johan smith. hope they make the field for their respective teams.

happy new year

Posted by: hokie soccer fan | January 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Where is Clyde Simms, Marc Burch, or Devon McTavish?
Beyond griping about DC United players that didn't make the cut I think there are some decent players on these squads and it shows well for the progress of team USA that they can field a quality squad of mainly mls talent and have depth in their ranks.
I am surprised that Bradley didn't put Bornstein in this line up after him being such a favorite of his.

Posted by: happy 2008 | January 1, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The article in the paper said Bornstein and Ching were left out due to injury.



Posted by: JayRockers! | January 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I also heard the Figo to Chicago Fire news this morning on Galavision. 2 yrs & 9 Million USD to play with Blanco.

Posted by: la_chingada | January 1, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The article in the paper
Posted by: JayRockers! | January 1, 2008 04:55 PM

Perhaps I am looking right at it, but has the article been posted online ?

[link to soccer section]

Posted by: emanon | January 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 22201 | January 1, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Lots of former Terps on those two lists...I count 7!

Posted by: Miss the Mark | January 1, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping for Marc Burch to be on here, but I think he is coming back from surgery. Cooper and Simms should both be on here. Inexcusable.

Posted by: Garret | January 1, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Simms does NOT deserve to be on there. He's a good destroyer but has nowhere near the ball skills to be an international.

Posted by: cyberthoth | January 1, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know anything about Alecko Eskandarian going to Belgium? I read he was offered a contract, but haven't heard anything since.

Posted by: Nic | January 1, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see someone beat me to the punch to point out all the Terps on this list. A couple guys who are conspicuously absent: Bobby Boswell and Eddie Gaven. I guess they have been deemed no longer worthy of international play?

Also glad to see that Goff will return tomorrow. I was bored out of my mind at work last week!

Posted by: DCUMD | January 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Eskandarian had a trial with Standard Liege (Gooch's team) but I don't think they have signed him.

Standard is in Portugal at the moment for winter training and a few friendly matches, but I have not seen Eskandarian with them.

Posted by: Troy | January 2, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Concerning the U-23s, I wonder what the deal is with Neven Subotic. I'm sure he's on the US radar, but I think this kid is really weighing his options concerning national teams and doesn't want to commit yet. I would love if some journalist can really roll his sleeves up and get into the dirt of this story.

Posted by: Felix | January 2, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Will Hesmer? Are you freakin' kidding me? He backed up Bo Oshoniyi his first season, for crying out loud.

Posted by: CG | January 2, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"Will Hesmer? Are you freakin' kidding me?"

Except for Guzan, all the keepers are a joke, including Wells.

It's patently obvious that Bradley called in only young (all under

Take last year's foreign regular keepers (Bouna, Onstad, Sala, Wattereus) and over 30 regular keepers (Hartman, Reis, Conway, Cannon, Rimando) out of the pool, and you are left with those four names, plus Ray Burse, Jr.

It's really not any big deal to be in this camp: bascially if you were born after 1980 and have a fulltime MLS contract and a pair of goalkeeper gloves, Bradley called you in.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | January 2, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Danny "The Orange Traffic Cone" Califf????

Is Bradley serious? Califf sucked a horse's arse in his last appearance, as well as the overwhelming majority of his appearances with the nats. I thought we would've been done with him. There are younger, more athletic, and simply BETTER players than he available right now. To say that "he's crap" is an insult to crap.

Posted by: khan | January 2, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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