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USA Roster Announced

Here you go.....

The 17-man initial roster, including four Olympians, for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Guatemala (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision):

[FYI, an 18th player will be added in the next few days.]

GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan.
DEFENDERS: Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Heath Pearce, Frankie Hejduk, Jay DeMerit.
MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, Eddie Lewis.
FORWARDS: Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Brian Ching, Clint Dempsey.

Commence discussion about Kenny Cooper's absence ;-)

Keep it clean. We are a family blog.

By Steve Goff  |  August 14, 2008; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Oh no. I think I may have to avoid all soccer web sites for a few days.

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

ridiculous to leave off Cooper

Posted by: markspence02 | August 14, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

more ridiculous to leave off Adu.

Posted by: STKohls | August 14, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be F'ING KIDDING ME!!!!!

What in gods name does Cooper have to do to get a call up?

EJ, Ching, Dempsey

The only one who deserves the call up out of those guys is Landon

Posted by: What??? | August 14, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Adu needs to get back to his new team.

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

And where's Mavell "the. . .um. . . Marvel" Wynne? He pwned in the Olympics.

Posted by: Oh, snap! | August 14, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I can understand this roster given certain circumstances -- mainly no Cooper or Adu.

If neither are on the call up sheet for the two games in September, Bob should be seriously questioned...

Posted by: Jeff | August 14, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

FIRE BRADLEY NOW!!! LOL

but seriously EJ and no KC, what is he smoking?

Posted by: Johnny Blaze | August 14, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me why they keep calling up Eddie Johnson? He's done nothing for the national team. Kenny Cooper definitely should be given a chance instead of giving EJ dozens of opportunities

Posted by: nottingham md | August 14, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

WHY NO KENNY!?!?!?!?!?

WHAT

THE

HELL!?!?!?!

IS

HE

SMOKING!?!?!?

WTF?!?!??!

Posted by: USvsIreland | August 14, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks, but Kenny made a pass at my wife and that cocky, half-English SOB's not getting a sniff. (of the nat'l team)

Posted by: Bob Bradley | August 14, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Bradley must have something personal against Cooper.

Posted by: MRJ | August 14, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I understand the Adu omission. New club, new league. Has he even been there yet?


I don't understand a few things:

1) Kljestan's inclusion. He was awful at the Olympics.
2) Guzan's inclusion. Why not let him get to Aston Villa and settle in. It's not like he'll play against Guatemala. Bring in Hahnemann or Seitz or something.
3) I thought we were finally passed the whole Hejduk\Mastroeni\Lewis era? How many years are we going to keep calling these guys up? At least Lewis can still be marginally effective at the International level, but Mastroeni and Hejduk are jokes.
4) Where are Cooper and Davies? Ching has never offered much to the Nats and Johnson just has no confidence. Why not bring 2 guys who appear to be very much on form?
5) Feilhaber's and Szetela's exclusion. We need to get these guys playing moreso than Mastroeni or Kljestan.

Also, spare me the whole "Dallas needs Cooper" B.S. At some point, the US setup needs to stop pandering to MLS.

Posted by: Ryan | August 14, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Johnson's not even gonna play for Fulham this weekend, due to injury. Hodgson said so in fulhamfc.com's preview. This is making it hard for me to get excited for Wednesday's game, which is saying a lot.

Posted by: Nick | August 14, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Ugggg.....No Adu or Cooper. What the hell is going on? How many crap performances are we going to let EJ get away with?

Posted by: BK | August 14, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God!!!!!

What are these guys part time lovers for Bob?

Posted by: lprevolution | August 14, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh no. I think I may have to avoid all soccer web sites for a few days.

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 3:41 PM

*********************************************
You said it.

Posted by: Nick | August 14, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

someone put a bat to ej's leg and end this already. geez.

Posted by: Justin Sane | August 14, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

FFS!!! EJ is useless. Why does Bradley insist on giving him so many chances? I can think of half a dozen other players that deserve to play in this game over some of the guys in this announced squad.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Ridiculous, ridiculous, ridiculous. Adu and KC in, Mastroeni, Edu, Ching and maybe even the coach's son should not be there. KC must be fuming.

Posted by: Robert | August 14, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely pathetic to leave Cooper out...

Posted by: Dave | August 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

EJ is a great choice...his specialty is scoring lots of goals against sub-par teams. It's only in big games that he doesn't show up.

Posted by: DCSoccerGuy | August 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

FYI, an 18th player will be added in the next few days. (thread has been updated)

Posted by: Goff | August 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

is there an EJ-haters website yet? i'm completely sick of seeing him get call-ups and starts with NO results.
gimme adu, jozy, cooper, somebody, anybody else!

Posted by: jeff | August 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I mean, seriously, what the F--- is Eddie Johnson doing in the national team pool?

Posted by: bristol | August 14, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Bradley doesn't have faith in Cooper. I don't know why, but I think it's become pretty obvious.

The good news is that we have plenty of depth at forward, so we'll be ok...

Posted by: Beloved Cartoon Mouse | August 14, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

If Kenny Cooper had been at the Olympics, he would have beaten Michael Phelps.

Posted by: Wade | August 14, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Is Altidore not considered because of MLS?

Posted by: Suz | August 14, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the Eddie Johnson callup nor the Sacha Kljestan callup.

As for the others called in, I've got nothing to complain about.

Posted by: Nicole | August 14, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Would have loved to see Buddle called in over EJ, as a backup, and allow him to work with the national team in a meaningful way. Sure, he lacks experience, but EJ has experience now out of his whazoo and we know too well what he "brings" to the table. Also, Dempsey as a forward?? Take Cooper, please. Eddie Lewis? Hejduk? You're out of your f**king mind, Bradley. As for Mastroeni, if I see him on the 2010 roster I will personally travel to the Al Azhar University and arrange for a fatwa on Bradley and the USSF minions who have foisted his rank obtuseness on us and US soccer.
Fortunately we are playing Guatemala, for even this lot should be able to eke out some sort of ugly result against it.

Gad, I have no belief anymore in Bradley. Whatsoever.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Very few players who plays the flanks well... But overall a good squad.

Posted by: Dave | August 14, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

In looking at the makeup of that roster, all I can think of is that Bradley knows this game in Guatemala City will be the toughest of all the second round of qualifying games. He brought in a veteran roster that has been-there-done-that to minimize any deer-in-the-headlights mistakes.

Furthermore, maybe Bob plans to use his MLS based guys for the qualifiers that come on the heels of the MLS season (after the USMNT has already put up a couple of good results). As for Adu and a couple of the other younger European based players, maybe Bradley wants to let them make an attempt at getting established with their new clubs before he calls them in to a WCQ.

Posted by: John | August 14, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I realize this is only Guatemala, but who will be working as the CAM? Donovan is more of a forward, Bradley is more of a DM. Does this mean Kljestan will run the show in the middle? Eek. Why not simply call up Dyachenko instead, he can cough up the ball as well as Kljestan did against the Netherlands.

Posted by: griffin1108 | August 14, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Where is Beasley? Is he hurt again?!?

Posted by: RA | August 14, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Roy was referring to andy johnson being out with a thigh for this saturday. You know, the Johnson that actually scores goals...

Posted by: nate | August 14, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If Quaranta continues his resurgance this fall, I wouldn't mind seeing him get a chance as a forward given the many chances Johnson and Ching have had with poor results in return. In fact Jozy, Q, Cooper, Twellman, Jaqua, Buddle, and Noonan are a few names that deserve a shot more than those two.

Posted by: United fury | August 14, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry if this comes off as unpatriotic, but on paper that's not a very good international football squad.

I'll be rooting for them Wednesday night, we'll see what happens.

Posted by: Kev | August 14, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"If Kenny Cooper had been at the Olympics, he would have beaten Michael Phelps.

Posted by: Wade | August 14, 2008 4:00 PM"

Oh, yeah? Well, Kenny Cooper doesn't obey the laws of physics. Physics obeys the laws of Kenny Cooper.

All of the Superfriends wear Kenny Cooper underwear. Except Wonder Woman. She wears a red teddy.

Sunrise only occurs when Kenny Cooper says it is OK.

They're thinking of renaming a national holiday for Kenny Cooper. It's called Coopermas.


Posted by: Gah! | August 14, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Where is Beasley? Is he hurt again?!?

Posted by: RA | August 14, 2008 4:08 PM

Yep - hammy in Rangers pre-season I think

Posted by: Kev | August 14, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Suz: Same reason for Jozy is the same reason for Adu...new teams in Europe to settle into. At least Jozy's season hasn't started. Oh, and he's not 100% healthy.

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh no. I think I may have to avoid all soccer web sites for a few days.

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 3:41 PM

BigSoccer saw it coming and crashed itself in anticipation ;-)

Posted by: Kev | August 14, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Quaranta? Should we just call you Homer?

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a bunch of losers again this year. I love US soccer coaches; they are soooo clueless. Landon Donovan is not a forward. Almost all of the midfielders you listed are not World Cup qualified; little league qualified maybe, but not World Cup. It is amazing in our great melting pot that we can't find some other soccer players to dethrown the likes of Eddie Lewis. Hail to the geniouses: Arena-Novak-Bradley

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

geniouses?

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Seriously... has Cooper offended Bradley's honor at some point? Even Heath Pearce made the squad and he doesn't get along with anyone!

Posted by: MK | August 14, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but Buddle and Cooper both deserve the call over EJ and Ching.

Posted by: Shatner | August 14, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Go USA.
Beat Guatemala.

Posted by: Go USA | August 14, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley is on the roster. Shocker.

Posted by: donkey | August 14, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm holding out hope that I'm the 18th player added.

I'm sure Bradley's seen some video highlights from my over-30 rec league team.

Hey, if McBride's not too old for the Olympics, certainly I'm not too old for a World Cup Qualifier at Guatemala.

Posted by: Average guy | August 14, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Kenny's in the running to be
the next Steve Ralston.

Posted by: EdTheRed | August 14, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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Sorry but Buddle and Cooper both deserve the call over EJ and Ching.
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Deserves has nothing to do with it.

Obviously experience wins out for these away qualifying matches. Not that EJ or Ching have incredibly positive experience with the US team, but I'd still take them over the international-level unknowns (and risks) that are Buddle and Cooper.

There are 5 more games after this one in this round of qualifying, and I'm hoping Cooper gets called in to one or more of those, but the fact that he doesn't appear to be going to Guatemala doesn't ruin my week.

Posted by: Fan | August 14, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley is on the roster because he does his job well. He also scored 15 goals in the Eredivisie.

So, US Soccer pessimists, who should take his place?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

An I hate EJ site?

Let me go back and check; we had one going in KC last year when he stopped running after the bad at midseason; we might have to start a new threat for the MNT on Big Soccer.

Posted by: WS | August 14, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I understand Adu and Altidore being left off because they need time to settle.

I simply do not understand Kenny Cooper not getting called up. I hope this drives Cooper to new heights. Thats a big F U from Mr. Bradley to Mr. Cooper.

Posted by: strago | August 14, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Johnson's not even gonna play for Fulham this weekend, due to injury. Hodgson said so in fulhamfc.com's preview. This is making it hard for me to get excited for Wednesday's game, which is saying a lot.

Roy was talking about Andy Johnson not Eddie.

Posted by: Johnny | August 14, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like a bunch of losers again this year. I love US soccer coaches; they are soooo clueless."

Just out of curiosity, who would you add the squad if you were coach? I think it's a weak squad too and I'd add Adu and Cooper, but it's not as if Bradley has a huge pool of "World Cup qualified" players to choose from.

Is it really the management, or are the US players just not progressing as we would like? I guess we'll see this autumn.

Posted by: Kev | August 14, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Another shot for Johnson? Buddle would have been a better choice as he tends to put some shots between the posts and under the crossbar... EJ is just....a magician. He disappears for anywhere from 70-90 minutes a game.

Posted by: Nick | August 14, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Goff, can you post a poll for your readers asking how many of the 17 players on the list will actually make it to South Africa? I see over half of them getting cut during an episode of Outside the Lines between now and then.

Posted by: John Harkes | August 14, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Cooper's career could end up much more like Jason Kreis' than Steve Ralston's.

Kreis scored a lot of MLS goals but got very few minutes on the US.

Posted by: Club and country success? | August 14, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"Another shot for Johnson? Buddle would have been a better choice as he tends to put some shots between the posts and under the crossbar... EJ is just....a magician. He disappears for anywhere from 70-90 minutes a game."

Yup. We saw it week in and week out in KC.

Posted by: WS | August 14, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Kenny and I are birds of a feather...

Posted by: Taylor Twellman | August 14, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I can live with this for the first qualifier. There's no sense in taking risks in the first game, and we all know what we're going to get from Ching and EJ. They are both still very effective against lesser competition (remember EJ's performances in early qualifiers 4 years ago...) and if we get all 3 in Guatemala then it will allow us to try some other guys in the later games.

Posted by: Max | August 14, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

And it is AT Guatemala -- quite a hostile place to play.

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who has noticed that Kenny Cooper is as slow as molasses? He has a great strike rate in MLS this year, but against internationals it won't be so easy. I can understand the disappointment with the decision to leave him off the roster, but I don't think it's as much of a no-brainer as many here believe.

Ask Jason Kreis about being a great MLS forward who couldn't hack it internationally.

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | August 14, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Kenny and I are birds of a feather...

Posted by: Taylor Twellman | August 14, 2008 4:28 PM
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Not really. TT had ample call-ups but few goals. TT is more like EJ, except that EJ keeps getting call-ups.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 14, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, why doesn't Cooper alert the English FA? The three lions could use a good forward or two. LOL!

Posted by: MSN Soccer | August 14, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Cooper is so much better than EJ. Cooper is big, strong, can play with the ball at his feet and unlike EJ he can SCORE!

EJ should not be called back into camp unless (if) he gets back into form with Fulham. It sends the wrong message to the rest of the player pool that reputation counts more than results.

Posted by: GoldenChild | August 14, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm missing something . . . and apparently so is Bob.

Posted by: Carnack (the Clueless?) | August 14, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

we need to get kenny cooper into the lineup, so we can move past the 'kenny cooper, blog idol' phase and into the 'inevitible kenny cooper backlash' phase.

Posted by: stairs | August 14, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Quote: EJ is a great choice...his specialty is scoring lots of goals against sub-par teams. It's only in big games that he doesn't show up.

-This is exactly right.

Posted by: Tom | August 14, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

EJ loves Guate!

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

How can you add EJ? He hasn't scored in a WCQ in FOUR years!!!

Posted by: RK | August 14, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah? Well, Kenny Cooper doesn't obey the laws of physics. Physics obeys the laws of Kenny Cooper.

All of the Superfriends wear Kenny Cooper underwear. Except Wonder Woman. She wears a red teddy.

Sunrise only occurs when Kenny Cooper says it is OK.

They're thinking of renaming a national holiday for Kenny Cooper. It's called Coopermas.


Posted by: Gah! | August 14, 2008 4:12 PM

Kenny Cooper can also single handly crush Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris, what is Bob Bradley thinking?

Posted by: DC United Fan | August 14, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who has noticed that Kenny Cooper is as slow as molasses? He has a great strike rate in MLS this year, but against internationals it won't be so easy. I can understand the disappointment with the decision to leave him off the roster, but I don't think it's as much of a no-brainer as many here believe.

Ask Jason Kreis about being a great MLS forward who couldn't hack it internationally.

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | August 14, 2008 4:33 PM
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Don't know about being slow as molasses. Every game I've seen, he's held his own in the speed department. Also, didn't Dallas play him out wide for a few games last season to utilize his speed. Anyways, I'd rather have someone who is in form and can score goals over someone who once scored three goals in a game four years ago.

Posted by: donkeyrichard | August 14, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Sharks are watching Phelps Week on the Discovery Channel

Posted by: Steve in Tennessee | August 14, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

So, what will the line up be? Gotta think that Donovan will start with Ching up top. And that Dempsey will play on the right.....

Howard
Cherundolo, Onyewu, Bocanegra, Hejduk/Demerit
Dempsey, Bradley, Mastroeni, Lewis
Donovan, Ching

That might be interesting. Not good mind you, but interesting.

Posted by: isaac101 | August 14, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Gooch and Pearce look set to leave, wonder if this will affect them playing in this game

Posted by: Randomher0723 | August 14, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What does a man with ED call his johnson?


Eddie.

Posted by: No Kenny Cooper? | August 14, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Except Wonder Woman. She wears a red teddy."

One of the most inane TV themes ever.

In your satin tights
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White, and Blue.

Don't believe me? Google it.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 14, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

MSN Soccer, I'm assuming you are joking, as Cooper has been capped and can not play for England. As for the rest of you, just chill out.Bradley needed veterans of CONCACAF style play for this one. Outside of EJ, this is not a bad squad.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 14, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I think the plan must be to give EJ the wrong EDT for the return flight snf leave him behind - why else??

Posted by: SOKRFANZ | August 14, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

EDSON BUDDLE,KENNY COOPER,CHRIS ROLFE,CHARLIE DAVIES,ROBBIE FINDLEY EVEN A HALF FIT TWELLMAN ARE ALL BETTER CHOICES THAN JOHNSON.

Posted by: RIGZ18 | August 14, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about this topic is that we seem to have gotten over Giuseppe Rossi.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 14, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Will JPD be calling this game or has he gone blind from staring at a TV set for the past two weeks in a dark studio in New York? Any chance we can get Andy Grey on a plane to Guatemala City?

Posted by: AM | August 14, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope Kenny gets a look soon, just dont understand what really he needs to do in order to get a look an show the talent he has to offer to our team. Lets continue to wait and see what happen on the near future.

Posted by: Guillermo Mendez | August 14, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The point John made about experience going into a difficult venue in Guatemala makes alot of sense. You want some veterans to be the there. Although most here down play Guatemala as a rival, at 5000 ft on a hard field with mean fans its no picnic game. Hopefully we will get a result and Bradley will move some new players into the next games. I agree that this squad looks a bit tired but hopefully they will perform.

Posted by: sbg | August 14, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley doesnt seem to miss any roster lists, I wonder why?

Posted by: JAV | August 14, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley doesnt seem to miss any roster lists, I wonder why?

Posted by: JAV | August 14, 2008 7:11 PM
----------------------------------------Oh, pick me, I know, I know. It's because he is a good prospect. And i think BB is his uncle or second cousin, something like that.

Posted by: donkeyrichard | August 14, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

270, you beat me to a Rossi comment.

Eddie Johnson has no place on the national team at this point, but that's the only real problem I have here. A lot of the guys that didn't get called in changed clubs and need to get settled in. Beasley is injured, so who else do we have that can play left midfield? Rogers showed throughout the Olympics that he is unable to hook in more than one good cross for every 3 games played, even if he beats his man on the dribble. Mapp is unreliable and soft (the last thing we need at a thuggish Guatemala is little Lord FauntleMapp). Brad Davis might have gotten some thought, but Lewis has the experience edge there (as well as being less likely to lose his temper). That's pretty much it.

From this squad, I'll take Howard in goal, a back four of Cherundolo, Gooch, Bocanegra, and Pearce, a midfield of Dempsey, Edu/Mastroeni, Bradley, and Lewis, and Donovan with Ching up top. Bradley needs to be given a chance to replicate his position at Heerenveen so he can become an additional goal threat. It seems Bob and Nowak are convinced those goals never happened and that he is a defensive midfielder only, which is a big mistake.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 14, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I didn't read a single one of the other 89 comments to this post but I would like to agree with them all: what on earth is eddie johnson still doing on this roster?

aren't we supposed to be moving forward? I highly doubt we'll do any better in South Africa than Germany

Posted by: diego r. | August 14, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

i hope pablo never gets called up again...

Posted by: diego r. | August 14, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley doesnt seem to miss any roster lists, I wonder why?

Posted by: JAV | August 14, 2008 7:11 PM


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15 goals on 30 appearances last year in the top Dutch league? Do you have someone else with those qualifications in mind?

Posted by: Ash | August 14, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson has shown more than Cooper recently, and deserves a place on the squad. Right, and pigs are flying by my window as I type this.

Whatever happened to the idea of earning a call up?

Posted by: RCD | August 14, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

i hate hejduk. old. ineffective. a poor defender. but i suppose we are limited at the back if bradley still thinks we need him in the lineup.

will some good, young american defenders please step up?

Posted by: longfellow | August 14, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

So not only does Cooper get shafted by MLS on the offer to go back to Europe now he can't play on the USMNT because he doesn't have enough Euro experience?

If I was Cooper I would never play another second of soccer in this country.

Cooper,

I'm sure you would get 1000X more respect if you just became a Mexican national. The US has no clue.

Posted by: Sucks to be you | August 14, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

And everyone just thought that Arena had favorites on the team? I thought we were moving in a new direction with this team. I am so tired of Franky H. He looks like he's 50 already! The only thing he has these days are the wheels. Bring in Wynne instead.
Novak should have the job! I don't think you would see to many of the old guard left after he came through.

Posted by: DC U Fan | August 14, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

come on people, you are all being ridiculous. this is not, repeat not, a game to blood new talent in. This is the third toughest place to play in CONCACAF (I'd rank Azteca and Cuscatlan as tougher, the US has nothing to compare) Why call in a player like Cooper, as hot as he is right now, and then put him on the pine?

Posted by: northzax | August 14, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

awesome! i HATE wingers.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

"He brought in a veteran roster that has been-there-done-that to minimize any deer-in-the-headlights mistakes."

More like been-there-and-not-done-that.

Posted by: KB | August 15, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

"MSN Soccer, I'm assuming you are joking, as Cooper has been capped and can not play for England."

I don't know. I seriously doubt the Denmark game would qualify as a capping event. Guatemala wasn't exactly our A team, either. I think if England asked, they might well get a clearance, considering it is England and Cooper has played less than 90 minutes. There is a rumor on BigSoccer from a guy close to Cooper that the FA is keeping a tab on him. Is that true? I have no idea. But I think it would be funny if Cooper did get even one cap with the English team, particularly during the Bradley era. It would be even funnier if he became an English regular.

Posted by: KB | August 15, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

1st, Boooo
2nd, Bradley like Nowak, loves to play Attacking players out of position. So the starters will be:
---------Howard
Dolo, Guch, Boca, Pearce
Donovan, Edu, Bradley, Lewis
---Dempsey, Ching

3rd, Cooper 1 cap one goal
4th, Donovan can play forward for my team any day of the week. After all he is the all time leading scorer in us soccer history, at what ? 23?
5th, EJ; although doing quite well at Fulham this preseason, should have been left off this roster for the same reason ADU and Jozy were.
6th, we will crush this team in this game. However if you are truly going to experiment with young players it must be done when the game counts and with the top players, otherwise your measure is inaccurate will be found wanting in the long run. Buddle and Cooper should be in this roster without question, as this would be a great test. Bradley quit pissing in the pool already, before no one wants to swim in it anymore.
7th, Twelman couldn't clean EJ's jock strap.
Lastly:
Dear B. Bradley,
F___ Off.
Thank you,
Dips since "78

Posted by: Dips since 78 | August 15, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Brian Ching is too old and needs to focus on Dynamo. Kenny Cooper needs a callup like pronto. KC, EJ and Donovan and Altidore are our forward options. Also give Davies a chance.

Posted by: kevin | August 15, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

15 goals on 30 appearances last year in the top Dutch league? Do you have someone else with those qualifications in mind?

Posted by: Ash | August 14, 2008 8:02 PM
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Club play doesnt matter in an international game why do you think England always loses he has done nothing in the last year. Enev in the U-20 WC he sucked(only had 1 goal but didnt play well) and sucked at the olympics , he contributed nothing(except a stupid yellow card) Mo Edu better start over him.

Posted by: CH | August 15, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I actually have less of a problem with an EJ call-up than a Ching call-up. EJ is still relatively young and freakishly athletic. He has room for improvement (even if he hasn't shown any in the last 3 years). Ching is in the same boat as Twellman for me, I don't care how well either are doing in the MLS. Neither are international quality.

However, on the national team depth chart, Altidore and Adu should be clearly ahead of all of those guys, and Davies' potential should give him a serious look ahead of them as well. Altidore shouldn't be on this squad right now (he couldn't last 45 minutes in the Olympics with his ankle), and I can understand Adu being let off to settle in at Monaco. But Davies should have been called in for this one.

Posted by: psps23 | August 15, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm kind of bummed about our midfield options. That we're still calling in Eddie Lewis shows our lack of depth there - no disrespect to Lewis intended.

It just seems our pool of midfielders in the US should be much deeper by now.

Posted by: jva | August 15, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Beasley added as the 18th player:

"DaMarcus Beasley Added To Roster For August 20 Qualifier Against Guatemala

CHICAGO (August 15, 2008) - Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been added to the USA's roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Aug. 20 against Guatemala, becoming the 18th and final player that will travel to Guatemala City. "

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_9109504.html

Posted by: maw | August 15, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Beasley added as 18th player:

"CHICAGO (August 15, 2008) - Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been added to the USA's roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Aug. 20 against Guatemala, becoming the 18th and final player that will travel to Guatemala City."

http://www.ussoccer.com/articles/viewArticle.jsp_9109504.html

Posted by: maw | August 15, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

ASH, how about Ricardo Clark

Posted by: JAV | August 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

ASH, how about Ricardo Clark

Posted by: JAV | August 15, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Even Ricardo Clark is better than Bradley

Posted by: JAV | August 15, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Will JPD be calling this game or has he gone blind from staring at a TV set for the past two weeks in a dark studio in New York? Any chance we can get Andy Grey on a plane to Guatemala City?

Posted by: AM | August 14, 2008 6:17 PM
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The USA women could potentially be involved in a gold medal match Thursday morning New York time. That would seem to rule out JPD.

Posted by: tri-village | August 15, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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