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USA Roster Announced

Here's the group that will begin to gather this week in Miami for training camp ahead of the June 3 World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica and the June 6 qualifier vs. Honduras in Chicago:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan.

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Danny Califf, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Jonathan Spector, Marvell Wynne.

Midfielders: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, Jose Francisco Torres.

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Brian Ching, Charlie Davies, Landon Donovan.

In addition, GK Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern) and D Erich Lichaj (Aston Villa) were invited to participate in camp as guests. Robles, 25, played at the University of Portland and was a D.C. United draft pick who chose to play in Europe instead of MLS. Lichaj, 20, played at North Carolina.

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Screw it, I'm happy. Especially with Adu, Spector, Edu. Inviting Roblesand Lichaj good idea as well.

Only question mark, for me, is Klejstan. Oh, and Danny Califf. He should be never-string.

Let's see what we can do.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 24, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

no effin way Howard misses the FA Cup Final, right?

Posted by: Pete803 | May 24, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Cant complain at all. Nice to see Benny get a call in.

Posted by: strago | May 24, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

This is a belated response to the person who, in a previous thread, complained that the unveiling of this roster on BSPN this morning conflicted with EPL action: This was hardly a unilateral action by US Soccer, unless you seriously believe that USSF can dictate to Disney. There are tradeoffs, but on balance, the exposure on BSPN was probably worth it.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 24, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

why is mastroeni still in our player pool? other than that can't complain too much...

Posted by: PVGtownAz | May 24, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Good calls, all around. I am especially pleased to see Spector there. He should be seeing more time with West Ham. Their mistake should not be ours. I am also encouraged that Bradley has Bornstein back in the fold -- even though he is only 5.9, he is our left back with the most upside.

Great to see Robles in the camp (I expressed myself on this last week). Lichaj, too -- a surprise, but it will be interesting to see if Lichaj can get enough game time to get Bradley to put include for South Africa. My guess is this is more a nod for the future. As for Robles, I think Pete makes a good point -- I doubt Howard will be really available for the first game, having just come off the plane from London -- maybe Robles should be on the roster as a backup for that game....

Posted by: fischy | May 24, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Feilhaber? What has he done since scoring against Mexico in the GC final two years ago? Ugh, that really upsets me.

I still want to see Coop!

Posted by: kdiff813 | May 24, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Cooper does not impress when in the US line-up.

Posted by: arswift24 | May 24, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Feilhaber is working his tail off in Denmark!

Posted by: strago | May 24, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Only question mark, for me, is Klejstan. Let's see what we can do.

Posted by: UnitedDemon
Here's your third question mark Heath Pearce.

Posted by: no_recess | May 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but the only other possibility is Zak Whitbread. And we all know that Bob's player vision doesn't stretch that far.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 24, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

ouch.. just saw this on soccernet. Personally, wish Landon the best (when not playing DC). Hope it lights a fire:

"No coach has ever had as much of an influence on things in the history of FC Bayern as Klinsmann," [Hoeness] said. "His wishes were not only fulfilled, they were over-fulfilled. To claim he was not allowed to do what he wanted is wrong.

"The only concrete suggestion Klinsmann had was to sign Landon Donovan and (reserve team coach) Hermann Gerland said he would never even have played him in the reserve team."

Posted by: cray | May 24, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Uniteddemon I agree with you about Bradley's bizarre selection process. I don't understand why Whitbread didn't make it either other than he is not capped yet on the senior roster. It doesn't make sense because he starts and can play Left back (that was his position at Liverpool when he was a youth). Lichaj (according to soccernet) is not even on the roster for Villa, so I assume he is a reserve. Why would you invite a guy even as a guest that does not start when you have a player of Whitbread's quality available?

Posted by: no_recess | May 24, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Should've called up Beckerman instead of Mastroeni. Mastroeni is getting long in the tooth and if he doesn't start, then his callup is really a waste.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | May 24, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Benny and Bornstein back in the mix, although Benny has got to be running short on chances to get his act back together.

Whatever happened to Lee Nguyen? He used to be at PSV (I think, definitely somewhere Dutch) and I think he had a few friendly senior caps. Last I heard he was playing in Vietnam?

Posted by: daandre3 | May 24, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Only two keepers is kind of a surprise for me, glad to see Wynne in there as well as the other England based players. If Howard doesn't play vs. CR we are in trouble. The artificial turf surface at Richard Saprissa stadium and the extremely hostile crowd will be difficult to overcome. If we get a result there consider it a big achievement.

Posted by: sbg1 | May 25, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse


Population - 73,500
Attendance at Wembley today - 38,000+
Founding members of the Football League in 1888
First time they'll be in the top flight in 33 years
Smallest squad in the Championship (23 players)

And some people wonder why English football is so popular
Projected earnings for winning today - £60 million

Posted by: Kev29 | May 25, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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