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USA Roster Announced

The 20-man group for the USA's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic, Galavision) in Denver:

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan, Troy Perkins, Matt Pickens.
DEFENDERS: Jonathan Bornstein, Sean Franklin, Cory Gibbs, Clarence Goodson, Drew Moor, Michael Parkhurst.
MIDFIELDERS: Freddy Adu, Davy Arnaud, Ricardo Clark, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, John Thorrington.
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper, Chris Rolfe.

Fifteen of the 19 players in camp the past five days were retained. (Brian Edwards, Nick LaBrocca, Colin Clark and Chad Barrett were released. Guzan, Adu, Altidore, Thorrington and Rolfe were added.)

"This match gives us an opportunity to test many of our players in what will be a very hard game," Bob Bradley said. "Guatemala will certainly be pressing for a victory, and we want to end this round on a positive note. Dick's Sporting Goods Park is one of the finest soccer facilities in the country, and we are looking forward to our first appearance there."

From a qualifying standpoint, the game is inconsequential for the Americans while Guatemala is desperate for a victory and help from the Cubans, who play at T&T.

By Steve Goff  |  November 16, 2008; 8:18 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

There are quite a few exciting names in that list. I'm looking forward to seeing those players and seeing how our future looks.

Posted by: sitruc | November 16, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

So what's the story with Subotic?

Posted by: carmines757 | November 16, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Subotic is eligible for three countries: the United States, Bosnia and Serbia. He has yet to officially make a decision.

Posted by: Steve Goff | November 16, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

So what's the story with Rossi?

:-)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 16, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

So, what's the story with Hargreaves? Is he gonna play for Canada, or what?

Thorrington is an interesting move. I wonder about Guzan. I really want to see Troy get his cap. I think this is urgent. Does Guzan need to keep playing for the nats to hold on to his work permit -- or, once given, is it his to use? If Guzan doesn't need to play, I'd prefer to see Troy play.

I'm all for Freddy and Jozy getting all the work they can get...

Posted by: fischy | November 16, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Given that Gibbs and Convey kept their work permits despite injuries, I doubt that Guzan meeds to play to keep his. But what do I know about British immigration law

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 16, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

4-3-3 anyone? no true wingers in there...

----------------guzan--------------------
--moor--parkhurst--gibbs--borrrrrrnstein
----------------mastroeni---------------
-----------kljestan--thorrington?--------
---rolfe/arnaud-----------freddy---------
------------jozy/casey/ching-------------

we know he won't give cooper a shot, i feel like if he runs this type of formation a true hold-up ST like casey or ching would be better, but i would like to see jozy or cooper get a shot. then again i don't get any checks from sunil

Posted by: sdgterp | November 16, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm all about Altidore and Cooper up top.

Posted by: la2stl | November 16, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Connor Casey?!?! Oh dear.

Posted by: GoUnited | November 16, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Santino Quaranta > Conor Casey. Comeon Bob, get it together.

Posted by: TheJim1 | November 17, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Casey is there as a nod to the home fans and as a reward for finishing the season strongly. Don't expect to see him get a callup outside of Denver any time soon.

Posted by: Kenobi | November 17, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

yes,Guzan needs to play to keep his permit in england.Sucks for Troy but at least he is getting to show what he's gotin camp.

Posted by: soccerfan | November 17, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see local product Clarence Goodson in the mix. How about a central defense made up of Goodson (6-4) and Gooch (6-4) for the next round?

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 17, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Other than Jozy and Freddie - these are not international caliber players...an embarrassment. Bradley needs to quit bringing in this caliber of player and get on with it. I realize this is a meaningless game but there are a lot of players superior to this lot who aren't being given time in Europe right now and should be on this roster.

And...where the heck is Hahnamann? Clearly the best Goalie in form behind Howard that we have playing (assuming Friedel really has retired).

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 17, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Maryland beat UVa 1-0 in the ACC tournament final yesterday. Both teams looked tired in the 2nd half as they were playing their 3rd game in 5 days. The Terps were the better team throughout and should have had a 2nd goal when impressive freshman forward knocked one in off the underside of the crossbar but it spun out after crossing the line and the officials never caught it (slow mo replay showed it clearly).

http://umterps.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/111608aab.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 17, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

That was impressive Maryland freshman forward Casey Townsend.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 17, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I hope Goff has a Monday morning kickaround planned. There is a lot of other news:

-- The U17 women lose to North Korea in the championship match.

-- The George Mason and Maryland men win their respective conference tournaments. Loyola (Md.) does not, but should get an at-large spot. The NCAA tournament field will be announced later today.

-- The James Madison women are somehow in the NCAA round of 16, as is Virginia (less surprisingly). The UVA-Duke game this weekend will presumably take place at Klockner.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 17, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

How about a central defense made up of Goodson (6-4) and Gooch (6-4) for the next round?

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 17, 2008 8:18 AM
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Sounds good! Rebounding and free throws are the key to winning basketb...

Posted by: edgeonyou | November 17, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

-- The James Madison women are somehow in the NCAA round of 16, as is Virginia (less surprisingly). The UVA-Duke game this weekend will presumably take place at Klockner.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 17, 2008 9:38 AM

If there were another ACC team that the Dukes were going to beat, Wake would be the team so although they barely got into the tournament to some it's not to surprising.

Posted by: sitruc | November 17, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

So what's the story with Alfredo Di Stefano?

Posted by: B_A_ | November 17, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

And...where the heck is Hahnamann?

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 17, 2008 8:50 AM
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Bradley knows that our group would chastise him for selecting someone who (1) will be 38 in 2010, (2) already has a UK work permit, and (3) is in the Soda-Pop championship rather than a top-flight league like the Everyone-must-be-named-Sven Liga.

In addition, I don't think that the Soda-Pop Championship honors international fixture dates (just like MLS doesn't). I recall league matches being played during the last WCQ weekend.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 17, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I-270, although I agree with you about Hahnemann, you might want to look at the England roster....

Michael Mancienne---Wolverhampton Wanderers

Yes, I know hes owned by Chelsea, but he plies his trade in the Championship.

And oh by the way......whats the deal with David Regis? ;)

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | November 17, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Galavision and ESPN Classic once again provide us with sucky viewing options for a World Cup qualifier. The printed magazine tv guide that comes in Sunday's Washington Post showed the game being shown later (10 pm after a Ball St pointy-ball game?) on either ESPN1 or 2.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 17, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Joel_M_Lane - that was a pretty good game but I agree that both teams were done in the second half. The game turned into a kick and run fest....

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | November 17, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Ball St is undefeated, and of course, even a MAC football game is going to get better ratings than anything other than a Mexican NT match or Chivas-America game. Let's get over ourselves people...

Posted by: EricB1 | November 17, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Subotic is eligible for three countries: the United States, Bosnia and Serbia. He has yet to officially make a decision."

As a fellow Serbian American whose father is also from Bosnia, he almost certainly would not want to play for Bosnia, given the Serb/Muslim tensions. The US has done no favors to Serbs either in Bosnia or Kossovo (as the US has been most anti Serb power since the old Ottoman empire).

I can understand how family pressure will be a major factor in his NOT playing for the US. Frankly, I would be very surprised if he were to decide for the US.

Its a shame really. Serbs have gone from being the most Pro American to the most Anti American in Europe in the last 20 years.

Posted by: dcufan53 | November 17, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Milosevic, Karadzic and Mladic, hmmmm....

With irredentist and violent demagogues like that being supported by hundreds of thousands of Serbs there wasn't much reason for any US Administration, Republican or Democratic, to be "pro-Serbian".

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 17, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

WTF? No Cooper?! What does he have to do to get a call-up? Bob Bradley should get his head examined if he thinks...

- Oh wait, nevermind.

Posted by: sobugged1 | November 17, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

fischy:

I really wouldn't worry about losing Perkins. Norway has good enough keepers, and I don't think they just hand citizenship out. If he's earned his spot, let him play. If not, tough break. And really, keeper is the one position we don't really need to hoard players at.

Anti-Casey folks:

You must not have watched the last 6 weeks of the MLS regular season. Casey was scoring regularly and causing all kinds of trouble for opposing defenses. In my opinion, he was the primary reason they had any hope of making the playoffs. I'm not saying he's brilliant or that Altidore and Ching should be worried, but amongst MLS target forwards his recent form was the best.

Also, Quaranta and Casey do not play the same position. Saying Quaranta should have been picked over Casey is like asking why we start Guzan when Freddy is so much better on the ball. Quaranta's main obstacle in this squad would be Davy Arnaud, who is a good player but, to me, no better than Quaranta currently and with less potential for more when compared with Tino.

***

Looking at the squad, I'm a little thrown by some things. No Marvell Wynne? No actual wide players, once again? No Holden? Mastroeni? I mean, I guess Mastroeni will make the home fans happy, but there's nothing to be learned by him or about him in this game. This game should be about seeing who can pitch in down the road, not tomorrow. There's no love for Simms, Pause, or Beckerman?

I wonder if Bradley might try Franklin out at right back, since that's supposed to be his natural position. Moor is the only other player in this group with experience at right back, and his recent good play came in a central position.

Here's what I'd like to see:

------------ Altidore --- Ching
Adu ---------------------------------------- Rolfe
----------- Kljestan ---- Clark
Bornstein - Gibbs - Goodson - Franklin
--------------------- Guzan

Seeing Altidore and Ching as a pairing would be nice, just to see if it will work should it come up down the road (say, if Donovan gets hurt). I don't like putting Rolfe or Adu in wide positions, but there aren't any other wide players in the squad that would do better.

Knowing Bradley, he will probably use both Mastroeni and Clark, and leave Altidore or Ching alone up front in a 4231. The game will be chippy and ugly, since that's the only way games go when Guatemala is involved, but hopefully the better quality players we have and the altitude will make the difference.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | November 17, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Good points, Chest, except Guatemala City has about the same altitude as Denver so it shouldn't be much of a factor. Cold weather could be different...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 17, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Bradley goes out to attack.
----------Guzan

------Good,Park,Gibbs---
K-stan, --Mastro, ---Borneo

-------------Adu
--Cooper
--------------------Jose
--------Ching
Idea is pressure their backs. Be deadly on the counter, when they try to play over pressure.Be physical in their end, don't let them get in dangerous areas to dive.
Possesion must be a priority. Combine off Ching, and look to isolate Jose, Freddy and Cooper. Shoot and follow everything, their keeper likes to bobble shots and crosses. 3-0 USA

Posted by: Dipssince78 | November 18, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

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