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Olympic Preparation

U-23 coach Peter Nowak will name his 20-man Olympic qualifying roster on Sunday, two days before the opener against Cuba in Tampa, the USSF announced today.

You've seen the list of 24 players in camp, but there is also the strong likelihood that defender Jonathan Spector, who has remained with West Ham, will be included on the final roster. Our understanding is that Nowak will have the option of bringing in Spector no earlier than the March 20 semifinals in Nashville. The USSF and West Ham cut a deal last month: No Spector call-up for the Mexico friendly in exchange for his availability for a portion of Olympic qualifying.

As for Michael Bradley, who is a key player for his Dutch club, do not expect him to be involved in the qualifying effort. Once the official roster is named, Nowak cannot make any changes except in the case of major injury.

Take a look at the 24-man camp roster below, toss Spector into the mix, and tell me who you think will be on the final list and perhaps who starts.

GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi, Tally Hall, Chris Seitz.
DEFENDERS: Maurice Edu, Hunter Freeman, Kamani Hill, Patrick Ianni, Michael Orozco, Mike Randolph, Nathan Sturgis, Marvell Wynne (Jonathan Spector).
MIDFIELDERS: Arturo Alvarez, Benny Feilhaber, Eddie Gaven, Stuart Holden, Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty, Robbie Rogers, Sal Zizzo.
FORWARDS: Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Chad Barrett, Charlie Davies, Robbie Findley.

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2008; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

I would cut Hall, Orozco, Sturgis, Gaven, Barrett.

Posted by: Landis | March 6, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's go, USA!!

Posted by: Smitty | March 6, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I would not cut Orozco. I watch a lot of Mexican futbol, and he is a solid player.

Posted by: T. Henry | March 6, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

That's actually a pretty exciting list. We've got real quality at keeper, central mids and at attacker. It's nice to see US soccer producing quality players.

Posted by: Matte | March 6, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I could never trust a goalkeeper named "Tally".
I would lose Gaven, but otherwise, looks like a good team. Nothing too flashy, but should be able to get the job done - which is the point in qualifying.

Posted by: Lonnie | March 6, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

makes no diference who sticks this is qualifying and the US should be at a point where this is an automatic. The real question will be who makes the Olympic roster for the Summer games.

Posted by: glove | March 6, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to Tampa to watch all 3 group stage matches.

I haven't seen some of these guys play. But I'm guessing Nowak will want the roster with 3 GK's, 6 D's, 7-8 Mid's, and 3-4 F's. (Although it'd be nice to be able to gamble on a 2 GK roster....)

My guess on who makes the cut:
GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi, Tally Hall, Chris Seitz.
DEFENDERS: Maurice Edu, Hunter Freeman, Patrick Ianni, Michael Orozco, Nathan Sturgis, Marvell Wynne, Jonathan Spector
MIDFIELDERS: Arturo Alvarez, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers, Sal Zizzo
FORWARDS: Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Chad Barrett, Robbie Findley

Line-up
---Altidore--Barrett---
----------Adu----------
-Alvarez---------Zizzo-
-------Feilhaber-------
Freeman-----------Wynne
-----Ianni-----Edu-----
---------Seitz---------

Spector for either Freeman or Ianni.

Posted by: DWE4 | March 6, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Send home Cervi, Freeman, Ianni, Gaven and Barrett.

Posted by: shatner | March 6, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"makes no diference who sticks this is qualifying and the US should be at a point where this is an automatic. The real question will be who makes the Olympic roster for the Summer games."

Posted by: glove | March 6, 2008 03:23 PM

We had Donovan leading the team 4 years ago and got absolutely spanked in the semifinals in Guadalajara. We SHOULD qualify but it's not in any way automatic.

With the qualifying format the key is to win the semifinal and qualify for Beijing. The final is largely a ceremonial friendly. The field is seeded to encourage the chances of a US-Mexico final. But if either team stumbles a bit in the Group stage and finishes 2nd then the teams could again meet up in the semis and one would go home.

I wouldn't rate our talent better than Mexico's talent but we may benefit some from the home cooking.

Posted by: garbaggio | March 6, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

There's absolutely nothing automatic about the U.S. qualifying.

Here's the roster for the U23 team that didn't qualify last time (got spanked 4-0 by Mexico):

GOALKEEPERS: D.J. Countess, Doug Warren

DEFENDERS: Nat Borchers, Jose Luis Burciaga, Ricky Lewis, Chad Marshall, Logan Pause, David Stokes, Zak Whitbread, Chris Wingert

MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Brian Carroll, Bobby Convey, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson, Kyle Martino

FORWARDS: Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Alecko Eskandarian, David Testo

Posted by: fig | March 6, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I love all of the people making cuts who have no idea what's going on in practice.
Brilliant. It's about who is healthy, in form, meshing with the system and the other players. Not what you think about past performance.

Also, I 'm amuse by the folks who think qualifying is a slam dunk. If you know how the system works, and paid attention last time, you wouldn't make such a silly statement.

Also, we aren't playing any real friendlies to warm up. Just scrimmage stuff with college teams and youth players. Doesn't make any sense. A reason to be concerned.

I predict a US/Mexico semi again. One of us will surely stumble. The Mexes don't have their Euros and seem incapable of scoring, and we are gonna start playing matches when the tourney starts. Easy to stuble like that.

There is no guarantee we come out on top in the semi's with Mexico. Jack will deprive our region again, and be happy about it becuase this isn't a FIFA event and he wants to give other teams a chance.

Get ready to be surprised folks.

Posted by: TK | March 6, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The "deal" with West Ham may have changed this week when West Ham's starting CB, Upson, went down with an injury. Depending on the severity of the injury WH may be less willing to release Spector since, while Upson is out, I believe he will be a first choice CB.

Posted by: aaryque | March 6, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Why is Kamani Hill listed as a defender? Isn't he a forward/mid?

Barrett definitely should be sent home. You don't need him with 2 similar sytled and much better players (Jozy & Davies in camp)

Stuart Holden is very under-rated... look for him to impress in this tournament and he'll be on the field when it counts.

Posted by: argi4 | March 6, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hill is a defender because it's the only place he has a future with regards to the Nats, and even MLS IMO.

He is very typical for a US player. Rely, and be rewarded for speed and strength eary in his development. Since he has these physical advantages, he never learns, or is taught by limited coaches, the finer points of the game.

Thus he can't beat players who match him physically now, his movement is poor and he is tactically weak. Welcome to US Soccer. EJ is our poster boy for this of course.

Fullback is his only real hope.

Posted by: TK | March 6, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Gotta believe that Hall, Barrett, Gaven, Orozco, and Ianni will get the axe...

Posted by: Nick | March 6, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I'd cut Cervi, Gaven, Barrett, Ianni, and Hill. No way Orozco gets the axe because he much needed CB that is actually playing for his club team. Sturgis is very versatile; can play CB, LB, and DM so he should stick; especially with his solid showings for the U20's at CB.

Barrett can't finish. Gaven doesn't have the pace for flank midfielder and we are loaded centrally. I can't see Hill being better RB than Freeman or Wynne and we don't need another RM.

Posted by: Kyle | March 6, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

There's absolutely nothing automatic about the U.S. qualifying.

Here's the roster for the U23 team that didn't qualify last time (got spanked 4-0 by Mexico):

GOALKEEPERS: D.J. Countess, Doug Warren

DEFENDERS: Nat Borchers, Jose Luis Burciaga, Ricky Lewis, Chad Marshall, Logan Pause, David Stokes, Zak Whitbread, Chris Wingert

MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Brian Carroll, Bobby Convey, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson, Kyle Martino

FORWARDS: Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Alecko Eskandarian, David Testo

Posted by: fig | March 6, 2008 04:09 PM


Our current roster is by far superior than that team. David Stokes?!?!? Don't make me laugh.

Posted by: BK | March 6, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Olympic qualifing comes down to one game; the semi final. The US is in if we avoid a match up against Mexico in the semi. If we play Mexico one of the best two teams in CONCACAF is not going to the Olypics. CONCACAF needs to change this format.

Posted by: Dana Harper | March 6, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Why is Edu listed as a defender? Defensive midfielder maybe.

Posted by: CY | March 6, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

He has been playing in the back for the under-23s.

Posted by: Goff | March 7, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

There's absolutely nothing automatic about the U.S. qualifying.

Here's the roster for the U23 team that didn't qualify last time (got spanked 4-0 by Mexico):

GOALKEEPERS: D.J. Countess, Doug Warren

DEFENDERS: Nat Borchers, Jose Luis Burciaga, Ricky Lewis, Chad Marshall, Logan Pause, David Stokes, Zak Whitbread, Chris Wingert

MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Brian Carroll, Bobby Convey, Brad Davis, Eddie Gaven, Ed Johnson, Kyle Martino

FORWARDS: Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan, Alecko Eskandarian, David Testo

Posted by: fig | March 6, 2008 04:09 PM


Our current roster is by far superior than that team. David Stokes?!?!? Don't make me laugh.

Posted by: BK | March 6, 2008 06:03 PM


You got there before I could BK, that team outside of Beasley, Donovan, and maybe Convey has got nothing on this team, though I'm not saying qualifying will be easy, but we have a fairly strong side, even without Szetela and Bradley's participation....

Posted by: Chase | March 7, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

I, for one, hope Arturo Alvarez gets plenty of minutes. I just love this kids game. Classy touches, great passing and can be lethal if you don't immediately shut him down. He's my dark horse for team MVP this tourney.

Posted by: grotus | March 7, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm with the crowd that says send home Cervi, Freeman, Ianni, Gaven and Barrett.

Posted by: PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo | March 7, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Why won't CONCACAF just put the US and Mexico on the same side of the bracket?

Posted by: SFW | March 7, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Why won't CONCACAF just put the US and Mexico on the same side of the bracket?
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Because the other teams that are placed on that side of the bracket would be none too pleased, I suppose.

Posted by: tri-village | March 7, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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