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USA Roster Announced

Finally, here's the 20-man squad for the USA's World Cup qualifiers Sept. 6 at Cuba and Sept. 10 vs. T&T in Bridgeview, Ill.:

GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan.

DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Frankie Hejduk, Danny Califf, Steve Cherundolo*, Michael Orozco, Marvell Wynne.

MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Eddie Lewis, Sacha Kljestan.

FORWARDS: Brian Ching, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson.

*suspended for Cuba game

You'll also be happy to know that tickets for the USA-Cuba qualifier in October at RFK Stadium will go on sale next Thursday.

By Steve Goff  |  August 28, 2008; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Posted by: Louis | August 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

here it comes in 3...2...1...

Posted by: jdf | August 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse


But, totally expected!

Posted by: Trevallion | August 28, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Luis | August 28, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

No Freddy! No Jozy! Where is the development!!!

Posted by: Paul | August 28, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Still no Kenny Cooper? Really?!

Posted by: Mike | August 28, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I am officially off the Bob Bradley bandwagon. I was hoping for two of the three: Adu, Altidore, and Cooper. But instead we get Johnson, Lewis, and...Orozco!?! Didn't Bradley watch the Olympics - even if you don't take his red card into account, Orozco did not show well.

Also, if these games are too important to test out Jozy, Freddy, and KC, then exactly when will we test them out? The games only get more important from here. Is Bradley planning to wait until 2011 to break them in?

I will never understand this love affair that Bradley has with Eddie Johnson.

Posted by: Jeff M | August 28, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

wtf. we'll be lucky to score a goal in 2010 the rate our young talent is being "developed"

Posted by: iammrben | August 28, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

There's no room for Adu, you need 3 carbon copy d-mids instead. Bradley's an idiot. We need new management at USSF, a new coach, and...for that matter...a new logo. But that's another thing altogether.

Posted by: C-hawk | August 28, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse


Seriously he is the John McCain of soccer coaches or what? What a conservative lineup, and I really don't want to hear any excuses about wanting Freddy to get acquainted with his new team, when we Eddie Johnson on this team.

Bob Bradley is a joke, and the US will never win a major tournament outside of CONCACAF with him at the helm. What was Sunil Gulati smoking when he hired him?????

Posted by: DC United Fan | August 28, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Kljestan? Clark? Hejduk? Lewis? Ching? Johnson? --- their are more talented people that need to be getting a shot/look - even if it's just in training and on the practice fields with the starters. Let them get a feel of an international game.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Good to see EJ rewarded for his recent run of good form with Fulham and Cardiff.

Posted by: Jamie Z. | August 28, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok...I agree Bradley is a moron now. First of all why the hell would you keep calling in a player that is not even playing (EJ) and then Orozco? Also E. Lewis is not worth a damn anymore. That was obvious by his form in Guatemala. Bradley is a conservative jacka$$!

Posted by: F Bradley | August 28, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

now i think that bradley is bringin Orozco as a Center Defender not a left I hopefully it will work

Posted by: Luis | August 28, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

caca de toro!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse


Any possible way you can try and setup an interview with Bob Bradley and ask him all of the tough questions that the fans want to know, like how he goees through his selection process.

I fear this Bruce Arena part 2 upon us.

Posted by: DC United Fan | August 28, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

what does it matter which bench EJ sits on?

Posted by: jdf | August 28, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

i would have taken Holden instead of Lewis

Posted by: Luis | August 28, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I would have called in Kenny

Posted by: Hope Solo | August 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Orozco? Huh.

Posted by: Amanda | August 28, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Now, usually, I don't care who he picks -- there's usually a reason (experience for the Guate game) that makes sense.

But these are two WCQ that, quite frankly, are slam-dunks.

But those "forwards"

About the only "inspired" pick is Wynne.

Posted by: RK | August 28, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

orozco is a good center back..and hopefully they will play him in that position.

Posted by: JAck | August 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Like Mama Bradley always said: "stupid is as stupid does."

Posted by: Fulhus | August 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I wish he'd call up Cooper, just for another look, but Cooper had a chance and didn't do much with it.

Adu and Altidore shouldn't be called up. They need to settle at their clubs more than we need them for games we're going to win anyways.

Posted by: rhybread | August 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Except that their clubs are off for two weeks...

Posted by: RK | August 28, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Just when I think Eddie Johnson's out, they pull him back in.

Posted by: Michael Corleone | August 28, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Like Chivas USA can really afford to lose Kljestan at this point. Sucks for them.

Posted by: TCompton | August 28, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I can sort of understand no freddy or Jozy b/c they're at new clubs and have been away with the olympic team, but what about Kenny? Makes no sense. At least let Kenny sit on the bench and absorb the environment.

Posted by: Joseph | August 28, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Both Adu and Altidore are with new clubs and fighting for their place. Altidore is also not 100% healthy. I have no problem with their exclusion.

Posted by: Colin | August 28, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I think this lineup is reasonable, aside from Cooper's absence. I'm hoping Bradley gets the full "A" team together for the final qualifying round and/or the Confederations Cup. It's good IMO that he's taking a long, hard look at a lot of different players (i.e. Wynne, Clark, Orozco) while still fielding a lineup that has a high chance of winning the group games, and as has been said above, not messing with the emerging careers of Jozy and Freddy.

Fielding the full "A" squad would make more sense if they were in a qualifying group with the likes of Mexico and Costa Rica.

Posted by: anotherbodymurdered | August 28, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Kenny is scoring goals. What is Eddie doing? And Eddie is at a new club so why not exclude him since that must be the reason Adu and Altidore aren't getting called in. I hope that's the reason anyway.

Posted by: Wes | August 28, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I could see some different names in there, but the roster that funky?

I don't like EJ as much as the next guy, but he's not going to see the field unless there are injuries.

Other than him everyone else is fine (within reason). Now if the team someone doesn't win both games, than it can be time for open season on the coach.

Posted by: john | August 28, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Bob Bradley isn't going to bring a whole new group of players in on short notice while qualifying is still in doubt.

That's his nature.

Outside of the players that missed the Guatemala trip because of the Olympics, this is a pretty similar group. I would call in Kenny Cooper but I'm not Bob Bradley. Ching has a good understanding with Donovan going back to their days at San Jose.

I thought Orozco had a pretty good Olympics up until the red card. It's true that the Dutch were attacking his side a early but that was partly due to lack of defense from left mid Rogers. Orozco supposedly plays centrally more than on the left. Our USMNT's lack of depth at left fullback is troubling but after Pearce and Bornstein you either have to rely on untested MLSers (Harrington?) or converted central defenders and midfielders (Orozco, Bocanegra, Eddie Lewis...). And Spector is apparently still not 100%.

I suspect Bradley let Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore stay in Europe to get a chance to start off on the right foot with their new clubs.

Posted by: garbaggio | August 28, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see his son is getting the valuable experiance needed, which others don't. I hope this core group of 18 or so players he calls in everytime stays healthy and in form. I know everyone keeps saying we need experiance for these qualifiers, but every game from here on out is important. That's why sooo many people complained before when he would always call in the same people for friendlies. He should have opened the door for others before now. Between EJ, Clint and Chinger (I luv Ching in MLS)I hope someone is in form in case we ever need to score more than one goal. And I hope MB can get back to 1/2 the player he apparently was back in Holland. Got to give BB this, he is as loyal as an old bird dog. Or as stubborn?

Posted by: donkeyrichard | August 28, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

i cant believe cooper hasnt been called up and EJ is there, make no sense at all.

Why is Steve Cherundolo there when he is suspended???

Posted by: joel | August 28, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

where is jozy and freddie?

i better not here that they are with a new team because EJ is as well and they are way better than he is!!!

makes no sense!

Posted by: joel | August 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that all of our players don't defect to Cuba...

Posted by: Sean G | August 28, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Can't throw Bradley under the bus yet. He has gotten the results we've needed and done a lot to deepen the player pool (last year he was crticized for bringing in too many different players and now he is being criticized for sticking with the same guys). There must be some plan he is sticking to and at the end of the day I'm sure Adu and Altidore will be on the 23 man squad in South Africa.

Still, if the thinking is that Adu and Altidore need to stay home in order to gain the confidence of the club coaches and get playing time on the field on a regular basis, then why bring in Guzan, Edu, Dempsey, Pearce and even Johnson who are facing similar circumstances?

Not calling up Cooper is hard to understand unless Dallas made some noise about needing him for their playoff run.

Posted by: noname | August 28, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

No Kyle Martino???

Posted by: B.A. | August 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree with noname with Adu and Altidore. They pretty much "new brand" with the clubs and they need playing time to establish themselves there first before making national squad duties.
I just dont understand why hedjoke and louiiiiiiissss are on the squad they are old and man there has to be people out there or in MLS to be of some service to the US.
I dunno! Its all on Bradley but you can never count out lil mikey not being on the squad. He prolly give him the puppy eyes and responds..."o okay son your on the squad"
hijo de su papi!!!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 28, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

With so many people declaring that they "don't want to hear/here" about the (true) reasons Adu and Altidore were left out, I could go 2 ways with a response:

1. Make up a false reason they were left out, to appease our most logical posters: Adu cannot be called up because there's a kegger at MD that night. Altidore is out because his tomato allergy was aggravated during the recent Tomatina festival in Spain.

2. Tell them that I don't want to hear about how they don't want to hear about it. Is this really the level of discourse in the soccer community?

Anyway, this is a very unsurprising selection by Bradley. My disappointment in Cooper being left out for Johnson is only matched by how much I expected that to be the case. The only ways we see new blood added to this group are a) we clinch a place in the hexagonal or b) people get hurt.

As for the uproar about the number of defensive midfielders called in, well, you folks must not be familiar with Bob Bradley. He played that way in MLS, and he has stuck with it for the US. He loves the idea so much that he forces his own son to play a role that suffocates his ability to get forward and score goals (something that this team could use, and something he's proven to be good at in a quality league). As a good friend of mine often says, you can be mad, but you can't be surprised.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 28, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Adu, Altidore, and Cooper!

Posted by: BellusLudas | August 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse


It's only Cuba and TNT here. The sky is falling and EJ, Orozco and no Cooper are the cause.

Oh and by the way what's our current record?

Posted by: KCJ | August 28, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Why is Steve Cherundolo there when he is suspended???

Posted by: joel | August 28, 2008 5:23 PM

There are two matches in quick succession, and Cherundolo will only miss the first one, as Goff made perfectly clear above.

Posted by: The Jeff | August 28, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I cannot think of one good reason for excluding Adu. The most creative, most dynamic player in our player pool continues to get snubbed. As long as the national team continues to snub Adu and Altidore, we really will continue the lifeless, defensive minded, counter-attacking game that we have for the last 10 years. We'll always have to rely on set pieces and will have to hope to grind games out.

It will never happen...Bradley is not the right man for the job. He's been relatively succesful, but when it comes down to it our younger generation is much more attacking minded than the last. We need a manager who will employ different tactics.

Posted by: Dave | August 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I want to see Jozy, Freddy and Cooper like everyone else, but let them play once we have more points and passage into the next round almost wrapped up.

Posted by: Murr | August 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse


I wish he'd call up Cooper, just for another look, but Cooper had a chance and didn't do much with it.

What? I guess we most be living in totally different universes here because the only chance I remember Kenny being given was in one of the pre-season Scandinavian friendlies. And he scored. Then he was a shoe in for the ill-fated Copa America team when he broke his leg at the exact wrong time. He hasn't been able to get a look in after that despite his form.

Posted by: bluemeanies | August 28, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

To the person who thinks that Cooper had a chance and didn't do much with it...


I guess scoring a nice goal in your first cap constitutes not doing much with your chances. As far as I can tell, he's only got 2 caps...that could be wrong, but since the US Soccer site doesn't even have him even in the 2008 Player Pool, I don't know.

Posted by: zilla | August 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Goff, would you consider asking Bradley directly why he hasn't called up Cooper. Or why Adu and Altidore are once again off the roster. Johnson and Edu, among others, are settling in with new clubs just like Adu and Altidore, so a desire to let players get used to their clubs can't be the reason. I've been keeping off the Hate Bob bandwagon, but at this point it looks to me as though Bradley either pathologically picks players whom he favors despite their actual performance or that something invisible to the public is happening with Cooper, Adu, and/or Altidore. As you can see above and anywhere else, American soccer fans are getting antsy or just furious.

Posted by: Jon E | August 28, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

To those who keep defending BB's tactic's, there will come a game, an important game, where we fall behind by a goal or two. We will need to have the people capable of being creative offensively and all we'll have on the bench is some out of form forwards and DM's. This is my only problem with BB. I have no problem with his tactics to defend and stay compact, but let's have some players on the bench who can give us some offense. And like Hope Solo said, it's 2008, not 2005 (EJ).

Posted by: Doogie Howser | August 28, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Sombody has to start it...

Posted by: Jurgen Klinsmann | August 28, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse


Guy's a talented, underrated R outside back who's gone up against the hemisphere's best in DCU matches . . .

Posted by: delantero | August 28, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

1-0 in qualifying and someone just has to go and be "big man on campus" and buy some truly clever and witty domain name. congrats, you're as original as you claim and clamour Bradley is not.

And, to the above people who deemed Eddie Lewis as "useless", please, please, please: provide to me some way of understanding your invalueable insight and contribution to US Soccer that provides you with the slightest opportunity to deign to chastise him. Get stuffed.

Posted by: chris | August 28, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I guess Bradley is continuing his strategy of hoping for goals from set pieces - preferably off the heads of defenders as he is sorely lacking in attacking players. Were he serious about trying to get a goal from a striker or midfielder, Adu, Jozy and Convey would be on that roster. Also, while I get why he still continues to give Dempsey a shot despite his miserable outings of late, I just don't get the EJ thing. Very disappointing. We may get by Cuba but will be out of the World Cup with 0 points in group play.

Posted by: beckster | August 28, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey Scott why don't you go f*ck yourself...I merely stated that someone start the site, obviously people want him gone after 1 qualifier...honestly I could care less because no matter who we bring into this team right now we will still be 3 and out in S. Africa...we just don't have the mentality to hang with the big boys out there. We have the talent but we don't have the coaching or infrastructure in place...I hope in my lifetime that I see this team in the semifinals of a world cup but thats asking a lot in this country.

Posted by: Jurgen | August 28, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The best thing that could happen to the US is to get trounced at the Confederations Cup (especially if we lose to Iraq). Three and out with no goals. That way Sunil Gulati can save face when he fires Bob Bradley and get a respectable coach in there instead of Bruce Arena lite. I would seriously take Arena over Bradley at this point. No Freddy Adu is unacceptable!!!

Posted by: Mark | August 28, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I meant Chris

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

All you ppl who said I was crazy when I said there would be no Cooper, Altidore, and Adu better start paying up!! The ways of Bob Bradley are an enigma.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 28, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

This just in-adu declares intention to play for ghana. While, I, pigman sweet, grapple with my love of franke helduk on the int'l stage. All you people-ready to fire bradley. What about the complaints about nepotism-not so strong after brafley jr tore apart the eredivise. Let's wait to judge. Jeez, I hope I am never on a lifeboat with any of you.

Posted by: piman sweet | August 28, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, I don't understand the love for Adu. Personally, I think Kjestian is twice the player Freddy is at this point.

I also think Cooper should be at least an option off the bench in these games.

MB is totally overated and some people are just in love with this guy. I think shouldn't start let alone be here.

Posted by: United fury | August 28, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

So why is it that no Americans can become creative players like comes from any parts of the world? Is it really the coaches and the trainners who just ruind their skills while they develope? This is my serious questions.
My answer to Lewis useless is he sent Derby county to second division.
Invisible would be that BB has a big ego that blocks his vision of seeing creative players and the ones who scores.

Posted by: td | August 28, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is the tonight's game not on FSC? Is it postponed? They have a rerun of NE and Joe Public.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 28, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Cooper's Denmark goal was class, but then during the Honduras/Guatemala matches, he was called into cap, and only came on as a sub against Guatemala.

I think Denmark's quality is about equal to that of Honduras and Guatemala. There had to be a reason he didn't play in those two matches, probably because he didn't look good in that camp. It might have been his leg, it might have been the USMNT system. There's obviously a reason he isn't being called up.

While I hope Cooper gets another look soon, because he obviously has skills, there's obviously a solid reason for him not getting called up. If Cooper keeps up his form through the end of the season, we'll definitely see him in the Hex next year anyways. It would unthinkable not to call him up for those games.

Posted by: rhybread | August 28, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Correction: That's Ecuador/Guatemala, not Honduras/Guatemala.

Posted by: rhybread | August 28, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't throw Bradley under the bus yet. He " There must be some plan he is sticking to and at the end of the day I'm sure Adu and Altidore will be on the 23 man squad in South Africa."

that's what i kept telling myself after we invaded iraq and the looting and lawlessness started ... and now it's 5 years later.

Posted by: beyond belief | August 28, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse


Harbour View-Pumas was postponed due to Hurricane Gustav. It will allegedly be played tomorrow.


From where I sit, Denmark is much better than Guatemala and probably equal to Ecuador. Both Denmark and Ecuador could put in great arguments that they're just as good, or even better, than us.

I seem to remember there being rumors of Cooper having a poor camp at that time, but one bad camp shouldn't leave him out while Johnson, whose career has consisted of 2 3-6 month hot streaks broken up by indifferent/outright bad form for the remaining 7 years.

I'm sure you're right and Bradley has a reason that (to him) makes perfect sense. Most of us would like to know what that reason is, since it is not readily apparent to anyone else. All I can come up with is that Bradley wants someone fast that plays as an out-and-out striker, so Johnson keeps his spot. However, that would mean that the moment Altidore becomes settled into whatever role Villarreal has planned for him, Jozy gets called in and Johnson has to get dropped (provided Johnson doesn't show some interest in playing soccer and scoring goals, which he hasn't since last June). As for Cooper, I guess Bradley sees Ching out there getting hacked to bits and figures there's no way he can get hurt (despite him missing at least a few games every single year through injury).

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | August 28, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

What system do our strikers play in? Is it that Cooper is too good to uselessly pass the ball backwards the way that Ching and Johnson do? I'm sick of hearing about any system from Bradley. They play a negative style against teams that don't even try to attack them. We aren't exactly playing Brazil every match, we don't need 2 holding midfielders.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Sean G and Pigman(piman?) Sweet have the most entertaining thoughts on the matter, and good ol' I-270 with his moment of panic on the earlier thread in regards to clicking on the Cuba match @ RFK and not seeing Cooper's name.
@delantero: dude, United needs Namoff more than the Nats do. Although a call up @ RFK would be sweet.

Posted by: dadryan | August 28, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I see Orosco's exile into the wilderness lasted all of one game.

Posted by: Publius | August 29, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson was absoultely abysmal in his debut game for Cardiff City on Tuesday night. Think he will prove to be a poor signing for us on inflated wages.

Posted by: Bluebird | August 29, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse



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