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USA Roster Announcement Friday

The USA national team squad that will face El Salvador next Saturday night in San Salvador and T&T on April 1 in Nashville in World Cup qualifying will be unveiled by the USSF on Friday.

Starting goalkeeper Tim Howard is out on yellow card suspension. Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni is expected to return after a suspension for the Mexico match.

Who would you like to see on the roster?

By Steve Goff  |  March 19, 2009; 6:03 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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I'd like to Giuseppe Rossi, but that can't happen....

Posted by: fischy | March 19, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen but that isn't going to happen either.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 19, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Since we're naming unrealistic choices, I'd like to see John O'Brien

Posted by: jezz | March 19, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

He may be eligible to return, but I don't expect to see Pablo anywhere near that roster.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | March 19, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Freddy, Jozy. Need to give them opportunities if their clubs won't. Especially if their clubs won't. We don't have other players like them, they need exposure.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 19, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

According to the NYT goal blog, Altidore is flying to Miami this weekend.

Posted by: ahelms10 | March 19, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's bring in the all-understudy/out of favor/stuck on the bench after an injury team from Europe!

Guzan, Adu, Altidore, Edu, Feilhaber, Szetela, Beasley, Pearce, Johnson, Spector, Kamini Hill

Convey would be a perfect fit if it weren't for his switch back to MLS...

Posted by: MK27 | March 19, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

It's not Their fault. (exception of Pearce).

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 19, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, and Johnson in a Big way.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 19, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Convey would be a perfect fit if it weren't for his switch back to MLS...

Posted by: MK27 | March 19, 2009 7:03 PM

Who says he won't suck it up out in SJ?



Posted by: jayrockers | March 19, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I bet Convey kills it in SJ. I'm sure you can laugh yer butt off at me if he does though Jay...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see Luis Robles from Kaiserslautern get the call to back-up Guzan with Howard out. He's apparently turned down an opportunity, per FCK's request, to the Jan. camp to fight for his place at FCK. He's played very well for FCK and hasn't turned the job back over to the younger, German youth international Tobias Sipple. A Gold Cup call up is more likely but I wouldn't mind seeing him called up tomorrow.

Posted by: MichaelVann7 | March 19, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Where is Sounders v Redbull pregame show? fff

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | March 19, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

R we gonna see a late start on the Sounders/Pink Cows?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This is why I don't like espn. bla bla bla bla and stupid games are not playing....stop stop stop. really dumb
If I have a choce i will never agree to show games on espn

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | March 19, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Well at least they showed those cute fighting irish dance troupe girls...mmm,mmm! Mmmmmmmmmmm!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Is this a sport that we're watching... Ugghh. Reminds me of all those Super Sonics games I used to go to.
thank god, for no ot.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

With Califf hurt and Parkhurst coming off a poor outing I think Goodson gets the call as the 3rd CB for these two matches.

Posted by: euroman | March 19, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just put the mandatory 20 minutes of Beckham on-line?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Rod Dyachenko.

...April Fools!

Posted by: B_A_ | March 19, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

OK, that would've been much funnier had I thought of a better name than Rod Dyachenko.

Posted by: B_A_ | March 19, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

...Maybe not.

...I'll keep quiet and root against the Red Bulls (and Duke) now.

Posted by: B_A_ | March 19, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Obligatory Kenny Cooper reference. Blah Blah Blah Kenny AHAHH!!! He'll save everyone of us. (Sorry, I don't know the rest of the lyrics to Queen's Flash Gordon theme.)

Posted by: addick | March 19, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Where's the confetti? Streamers? Seat cushions? Fish?

OK. I see smoke. Was that in the code?

@BA: I got a chuckle out of it.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I'm not sure Cepero could have been much more out of position than he was on that goal. That was so bad it's got me wondering if it was deliberate....!!!

Posted by: fischy | March 19, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

i know the crowd won't be like this for every game, but i think Seattle is going be berry berry good for MLS.

that goal was a bit weak, and the guy in the offside position might have been a distraction, but good for them to get the early lead at "I Can't Believe It's Not Grass" Field.

anyone else think Nyassi looks like Shaun Wright-Phillips?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | March 19, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong (wait for the rest of it), but didn't ESPN use the un-American format of listing the home team first for soccer?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 19, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Sanna does seem a little bit more composed than his brother. Or at least quicker on the draw, always thought the kid playing for New England took one too many touches before passing/crossing/shooting..
Alonso seems fired up, I'd guess he'll be sitting once the Swede is ready to roll?
I'm pleased with my Seattle fantasy picks so far that's for sure...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

way to talk over the action, ESPN doofuses.

and more questionable goalkeeping for the Cows. perhaps Cepero has spent too much time guest blogging in recent days?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | March 19, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Is there a prehistoric fuzzy elephant who can't wait for the doper to get off of his suspension or what? Cepero sucks!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Cepero got megged on the 2nd goal. Ouch.

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you know things are wierd when even Alexi Lalas shows some sense as he comments at half time "New York was atrocious."

then Harkes dumbfounds me . . commenting on Angel, who is 35 yards from goal with 4 green shirts in front of him . . . "This is where he's dangerous."

Posted by: delantero | March 19, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Jaqia needs to get runing and not standing around. Turf still sucks...notice how the ball bounces?
Harks and JP needs to keep less talking. It sounds like sitting in a couching session or class room. None stop talking

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | March 19, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

its gonna be fun watching ny play this

where is juan leche tonight?

Posted by: Norteno4life | March 19, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Has Harkes been hanging out with Wynalda over the off season?

Posted by: notafembot | March 19, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

You bammas who did not put Montero on your fantasy teams are dead....!!!! All I need is Angel to score a redemption goal and I'm gonna be at the top of the Argy Bargy League!!!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Montero is a beast.

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

good call, DCUnitedFootball. that 3rd goal was the direct result of a turf bounce that allowed Montero to dispossess the defender.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | March 19, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Le Toux has a really great cross...

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

OK -- it was the Red Bulls they were playing, and the Bulls may be even worse than they were last year...and they may not be anywhere this good on grass, as their speed really plays to the field surface...but, this is really good team by MLS standards...and their DP signing hasn't even practiced with them yet.

Seattle may have already established themselves as the class of the Western Conference. We'll have to see what Houston looks like, without DeRo, but I'm inclined to make this team the early favorite out West.

I liked their lineup on paper, but it played even better on the field. They have the best 'keeper in the league, and it looks like they may have the newest, bestest scoring threat. And, of course, this was clearly a very well-coached team. That's a helluva foundation. They may not be effective on grass, but I wouldn't want to have to come into that stadium to play them on that carpet.

Posted by: fischy | March 19, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

That turf bounce? I seem to recall seeing something very similar at Old Trafford last weekend, that allowed Torres to dispossess Vidic. Give 'em props for making the plays. The only one I wasn't too impressed with was Le Toux, but he did have one good effort near the end. This is a very good team, by MLS standards.

Posted by: fischy | March 19, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

fischy, I actually thought that aside from what seemed like some greedy failed attempts to shoot early on Le Toux ended up surprising the heck out of me with some pretty solid composure and decent touches throughout the game. I honestly didn't expect him to look good at all. Shows how much I know.
Alonso put in a ton of work as well. Some very inspired players on that Sounders squad. It could get scary with the other Freddie getting thrust into the mix.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 19, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Give some credit, too, to Nyassi and later Zakuani -- they add a lot of speed that adds an extra dimension. It really made a difference.

Posted by: Reignking | March 19, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm finding a hard time not giving credit to the whole squad. Petke, Scott... I'm gonna blame the coach! Sanna looked better and quicker than his brother. And yes Zaukani almost scored right after being subbed in! Marshall!?
They did well. Who they got next?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 20, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Forget Montero, Alonso, who played at RFK in the Open Cup Final . . who should have been signed by United . . . is starting for Seattle.

Posted by: delantero | March 20, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

what would we do with Alonso when we got Gomez? Dude. Montero scored two goals in the Sounders first MLS game.. forget him??? I know we've all been drinking but come on. Go ahead, transfer him onto your fantasy team. His speed and touch is going to score him goals in MLS. Don't sleep. Can't believe they got him on board for so little dough.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 20, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Holy Moley. What's the over-under on Montero lasting in MLS past the summer transfer window?

Seattle as a team played like a Mexican team in mid-season form, while the Jersey Bulls/Pink Cows played like a barely-fit preseason team. It wasn't even close.

Posted by: Juan-John | March 20, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Ummm... we're talking about the first game of the season... lets wait just a few weeks people.

Posted by: alecw81 | March 20, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Ummm. You check their schedule? I don't see them losing till they go to Toronto. I know they won't have quite the crowd they had tonight, but there will surely be more people going to the Sounders second home stand than if they hadn't walloped a bicycle jersey wearing Cows.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 20, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

More on topic. I would love to see Keller in goal;-) the normal non MLS back line. Emo,

Posted by: DadRyan | March 20, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

must go to sleep and not finish actual thread topic...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 20, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Most important change to the lineup should be Spector in for Pearce at left back.

Other than that, expect to see the same old same old.

Posted by: Beckster1 | March 20, 2009 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Villareal drew Arsenal in the Champions League. If Altidore actually gets playing time and does well Wenger might take an interest in him. He is young and a striker so he fits into the only two positions Arsenal buy in the transfer market, strikers and attacking midfielders.

Posted by: bighungry | March 20, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

It's only the first game, but the question to Keller about how long they would be able to hold on to Montero was a good one. True, NY was very charitable (good thing with money, bad thing with ball), but his footwork when double-teamed was very impressive.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 20, 2009 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Reading website has announced Hahnemann has been called up for both US games.

Posted by: Beckster1 | March 20, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

how about ManU getting the easiest draw as a reward to beating Inter?




hey, at least one non-english team is guaranteed a trip to the semis, shame that has to be a barca-bayern knockout though.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | March 20, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Funny I was thinking it was a good thing at least Liverpool and Chelsea were guarenteed to knock one of each other out. Man U getting an easy draw sucks, I hope they go down in flames.

Posted by: bighungry | March 20, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

and now getting back on topic of WCQ...Goff, do you have an updated figure on how many tickets have been sold for the nashville match?

Posted by: alanier13 | March 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The roster has been posted:

I have never criticized Bob, but he is one of those coaches who sticks to his favorites no matter what. Why would you have Califf, Mastreoni, or Eddie Johnson on this roster? I also find it disturbing that Clark and Davies were left off.

Califf has not been playing that much recently because of injury and besides he is an orange traffic cone. Mastreoni is a walking talking red or yellow card. Eddie Johnson is very overrated.

I would have included Davies, Clark, Wynne, and Parkurst. I would have even included Simek. Pearce is a weak link in this defense. Hopefully we will see more youth this summer on our back line(i.e. Wallace (FC Dallas), Alston (Revolution),and Wynne). Although our backline has been effective against 2nd rate CONCACAF teams, I think they would not be the same against better teams such as: Spain, England, or Brazil.

Posted by: no_recess | March 20, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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