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USA Roster Update

Confused about the USA's roster status heading into the Gold Cup quarterfinal against Panama Saturday in Philadelphia? Yeah, me too.

Okay, here's what we know:

In an attempt to balance badly needed summer breaks with national team commitments and club obligations, defenders Steve Cherundolo and Michael Parkhurst, midfielder Benny Feilhaber and midfielder-forward Freddy Adu are not with the squad. Parkhurst, however, is on call for possible return later in the tournament.

The roster currently has 20 players, although there's a possibility some could return to their clubs this week. None of the seven CONCACAF-approved additions (Altidore, Casey, Clark, Feilhaber, Guzan, Kljestan, Bornstein) will be called up for the quarterfinal.

So the options this weekend are:

Goalies: Troy Perkins, Luis Robles, Jon Busch.
Defenders: Heath Pearce, Clarence Goodson, Chad Marshall, Jimmy Conrad, Jay Heaps.
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Rogers, Logan Pause, Stuart Holden, Colin Clark, Brad Evans, Davy Arnaud, Sam Cronin.
Forwards: Charlie Davies, Kenny Cooper, Brian Ching, Santino Quaranta.

Who are your starters?

UPDATE: Davies is heading to France to join his new club, Sochaux, and will miss Saturday's match. No replacements will be called in, a USA spokesman said.

By Steve Goff  |  July 14, 2009; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Perkins
Goodson, Marshall, Conrad, Pearce
Quaranta, Holden, Beckerman, Rogers
Davies, Ching

Posted by: you-dont | July 14, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Bob feel free to substitute Evans, Pause, or Cronin into the right back spot for Goodson.

Posted by: you-dont | July 14, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

GK:Keller
RB:Sanneh
CD:Pope
CD:Onyewu
LB:Hejduk
RM:Ramos
CM:Harkes
CM:O'Brien
LM:Beasley (in 2004-2006 form)
F:Donovan
F:McBride
bench: Wynalda,Lewis,Friedel,Agoos,Balboa,Dempsey,Reyna

J/K

I would think it would be:
Perkins,Evans,Goodson,Marshall,Pearce,Holden,Beckerman,Pause,Rogers,Ching,Davies

bench:Robles,Heaps,Conrad,Quaranta,Cronin,Cooper,Arnaud

Posted by: no_recess | July 14, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

If Heaps ever sees the pitch in a US kit again I'll be amazed.

Posted by: HowdyDCU | July 14, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Heaps, please go back to the Revs.

Posted by: arswift24 | July 14, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Robles looked real shaky. Perkins is a must.

How about the old Bradley 3-5-2

Pearce Marshall Conrad
Beckerman Pause
Quaranta Holden Rogers
Davies Ching

Posted by: wmsiii | July 14, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Perkins
Heaps, Marshall, Conrad, Pearce
Quaranta, Holden, Beckerman, Pause
Rogers, Ching

Posted by: Bigmon411 | July 14, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

wow, this should be fun.

Posted by: Matte | July 14, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@HowdyDCU, you might be "amazed", I would be "disgusted", what a colossal failure that experiment turned out to be (surprise).
I'd rather see Tino at left back, but who the heck else on Goff's list can play left back? We'll have to play a 3-5-2.

Posted by: dcufan | July 14, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to give the old one destroyer formation another go, as Cronin shouldn't be considered worthy of the one time we try it.

Perkins
(Any midfield convert), Goodson, Marshall, Pearce
RM Quaranta DM Beckerman AM Holden LM Rogers
Kenny Cooper, Brian Ching

My logic? Blow them out of the water, but keep Davies on the bench just in case. As for Ching and Cooper, let's compare the two in the Same Lineup! that way, if Cooper thrives with superior service, and Ching does nothing, I will be happy.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 14, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This is very simple.

Davies Ching
Rogers Holden Beckerman Quaranta
Pearce Conrad Marshall Evans
Perkins

The only doubt would be Evans, but I don't see any better alternative. Cronin maybe.

Otherwise, Heaps cannot be allowed in and Robles was also very poor.

Posted by: ajsthind | July 14, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Perkins

Pearce, Goodson, Marshall, Conrad

Pause, Beckerman, Pause, Holden

Davies, Ching

Santino comes on and saves the day late...

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 14, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

joedoc1: You think Logan Pause is so good he can be out there twice?

Everyone seems to be picking this as if the primary goal is to win. If so, then you-dont's lineup from the very first post seems to me to make the most sense.

But if, instead, the goal is to check out players, combinations of players, players' versatility, then we should choose very differently. What do we think we *don't know* about this group?

1. We've used Holden in central midfield. Houston used to use him on the wing. How would he do out there?

2. We've used Quaranta on the wing. We list him as a forward, and he often plays there for DCU. How would he do there?

3. Clark had a poor outing against Haiti; some people (including me) had much higher hopes for him. An anomaly? Worth a second chance? He's not going to get one in the WCQs.

4. We haven't used Busch.

GK: Busch
RB: Goodson
CB: Conrad
CB: Marshall
LB: Pearce
RM: Holden
CM: Beckerman
CM: Evans
LM: Clark
F: Quaranta
F: Davies

Davies because I think we'll learn more if he's out there to combine with whoever the other forward and midfielders are.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 14, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe people keep putting Heath Pearce at right back, putting Pause in the starting lineup, and sometimes even putting Pause in the starting lineup twice.

Posted by: you-dont | July 14, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

bob must continue to win games in FIFA recognized tournaments so that our FIFA ranking remains high. If our ranking remains high, we may/should get a #1 seed for the WC.

Posted by: you-dont | July 14, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Holden Pause. "I got that move."

Posted by: OWNTF | July 14, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Our chances of getting a seed in this WC, regardless of what we do from here on out, is very low. It's not zero, but it's very low. If we'd beaten Brazil, we'd have had a good shot; but we didn't.

The problem is that the Cup is being hosted by a country that would not otherwise receive a seed. South Africa and Italy are both guaranteed seeds. Given the FIFA rankings, ELO ratings, and general consensus, I find it hard to believe that we'd get a seed before any six of: Brazil, Spain, Holland, Germany, Argentina, France, England. One of those is going to be without a seed regardless; if we got one, two of them would be on the outside. It's not impossible, but it's very very unlikely, even if we won out from here to the end of the hex.

So I think it's wasteful of an opportunity at player evaluation to chase that rainbow.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 14, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

-----------Perkins

Evans, Marshall, Goodson, Pearce

Holden, Cronin, Beckerman, Rogers

--------Santi, Davies
These players have demonstrated the highest level of play out of the group still available. If Bradley were to stray from his formation. then I would drop Cronin and add Cooper so it would like this.

Evans, Marshall, Goodson, Pearce
-----------Beckerman

---Holden, Quaranta, Rogers
--------Cooper, Davies

Posted by: Dipssince78 | July 14, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Like Demon, I'm thinking Davies should get the day off -- keep him fresh for tougher opponents in semis and final.

I see two possible options (lineup A=close to Demon's):

Perkins
Goodson, Conrad, Marshall, Pearce
RM Quaranta DM Beckerman AM Holden LM Rogers
Kenny Cooper, Brian Ching

Or, and I thought Cronin didn't look too bad...

Perkins
Goodson (maybe Evans), Conrad, Marshall, Pearce
RM Holden Beckerman Cronin LM Rogers
Kenny Cooper, Brian Ching

Of course, there's always the chance that Bradley liked Pause better than Cronin, or that he pushes Quaranta up top.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

they should just pull some dude out of the stands before the game and slot him in at fullback. that's what they did on saturday, right?

what? that was jay heaps? oh.

Posted by: stairs | July 14, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

This is an elimination match, right? If so, I don't think you rest key players for later games.

Posted by: JkR- | July 14, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd feel better fielding a team of 11 mini-Ditkas

Posted by: mmathai1 | July 14, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I should add that I'm completely confused with Robles' inclusion on ANY national team.

Perhaps he had a shockingly bad night...?

Posted by: JkR- | July 14, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

France will struggle to qualify for the WC and they are currently the 7th highest ranked team in UEFA. If we win the Gold Cup and even get a tie vs Mexico we pass them in the FIFA rankings. I have no doubt we are in a good position to be ranked in the WC.

Posted by: csd1 | July 14, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Robles had a rough night. In his defense, he probably plays with a much better defense at Kaiserslautern. He's also extremely inexperienced. I think Bradley wanted to get him a cap and go from there. If I recall, Guzan had a rough first start. Not as rough, but...

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Seeded I mean sorry.

Posted by: csd1 | July 14, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Heaps gives me Pause.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | July 14, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I DO think Pause is so good we can clone him.

Unless cloning gives you...

Oh, forget it.

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 14, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Heaps gives me indigestion. But, I really liked as a basketball player.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Davies is out.

From twitter
http://twitter.com/CharlieDavies10
CharlieDavies10 I'm on my way to France!!!! Good luck to my boyz here. They are going to do it Big!!

Posted by: ahelms10 | July 14, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

annnd Davies is gone now to France.

Well crap!

Posted by: arswift24 | July 14, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll give everyone the benefit of the doubt for a bad night, even a bad run of form.

But what has Robles done to warrant inclusion in the first place? Other than maintain a clear calendar and thus available?

Posted by: JkR- | July 14, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

We are not getting a seed. Let's quit this silly, silly talk.
The seeded teams will be
SA
Italy
England
Holland
Brazil
Argentina
Spain
Germany

Book it. Anybody coming up with a hypothesis or formula for the Yanks to leapfrog any of these sides probably believes in cold fusion.

Posted by: oranjebleeder | July 14, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Robles nearly helped Kaisersalutern to promotion to Bundesliga 1, before a fade in the final couple of weeks.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less about WC seeds.

We have lost to Iran in the WC before. We have beaten Portugal. You just don't know what will happen, or who will surprise or who will be atrocious (France 02? USA 98?).

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So, Tino is now one of 3 forwards? Well, good for him. I fear we may a rerun of Night of the Living Dead with a reappearance of Conor Casey.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

We have lost to Iran in the WC before. We have beaten Portugal. You just don't know what will happen, or who will surprise or who will be atrocious (France 02? USA 98?).

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 4:21 PM |
-----------------------------------------------


Or, for that matter, France '98 and USA '02.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The US has 5 WCQ's left and potentially 3 Confederation tournament games left. If the US won all of those they could be ranked higher than Argentina or England by the time of the WC draw.

England has one WCQ left and Argentina plays Brazil next and they are 4th in their region in qualifying.

Posted by: csd1 | July 14, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Parkhurst suspended for the next match, anyway?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | July 14, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Parkhurst suspended for the next match, anyway?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | July 14, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Please God, I hope so!

Posted by: Hoost | July 14, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Goff: how about an update on world cup seeding? Is the formula out? What does the US have to do?

Posted by: muskratinator | July 14, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Or, for that matter, France '98 and USA '02.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 4:24 PM

Hence the question marks ;)

Or I didn't want to make fun of France on Bastille Day.

Francosnob!

Posted by: Reignking | July 14, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

GK: Troy Perkins

Defenders: Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall, Jimmy Conrad,

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Rogers, Stuart Holden, Brad Evans, Davy Arnaud

Forwards: Brian Ching, Santino Quaranta.

Posted by: jenifary | July 14, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

This game suddenly makes me nervous.

Here's what I think Bradley will do (not necessarily what I would do):

-------------- Arnaud - Ching
Rogers - Beckerman - Pause - Holden
- Pearce - Goodson - Marshall - Evans
-------------------- Perkins

In goal and at both outside back positions, we have players starting by default. I'm particularly unenthusiastic about using Evans, but the alternative is either playing someone badly out of position there (Goodson?) or letting Heaps play. Note that I think we'd have better luck allowing Panama to take our left back position and fill it with one of their own (so he can join their attacks) than using Heaps again.

Holden and Beckerman are pretty much automatic starters considering their play and the rest of the squad. I'd also bet the farm on Bradley starting another defensive midfielder with Beckerman in the middle, so Holden plays wide right (which was his position at the time of the golazo equalizer). Up front, Ching will definitely start, and I think Bradley will prefer Arnaud (his fastest available forward, and scorer of 2 goals thus far) over Tino and Cooper. Look for Quaranta to be the first sub in, barring injuries or a red card.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 14, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

csd: Don't agree with that logic.

We do have those qualifiers left, but let's just say it's the pu-pu platter of teams and wouldn't help our ranking. Pluse WC seeds are determined not by FIFA rankings, but with FIFA rankings and how well a country has done at the last 3 cups.
England: 7-3-3
USA: 2-7-1

Posted by: oranjebleeder | July 14, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

And seeding, part 2:
There are only 8 seeds in the World Cup. The rest of the teams will be divvied up by region after that.

Posted by: oranjebleeder | July 14, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

re: seeding- when did they change it back to the last 3 WC's instead of the last 2?

Posted by: you-dont | July 14, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh for heaven's sakes. The fact that Argentina is 4th in qualifying is *already incorporated into their FIFA rank*. The rank is determined by performance up to that date. All that matters is what their ranking is now, and what they do from here on out. We could conceivably pass Argentina, if we win out this tournament and WCQ *and* Argentina suffers a meltdown of titanic proportions in their last four matches. Not impossible, but very very unlikely. A rainbow not worth chasing when there are more productive things to pursue.

After all, if winning this tournament was really the most important thing, we would have taken our A team, not a C team.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 14, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

re: seeding- when did they change it back to the last 3 WC's instead of the last 2?

Posted by: you-dont | July 14, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

You may be correct about 2, but it's either 2 or 3, and our record is not good.
Technically England have lost once in the last 3 World Cups. FIFA recognizes PK losses as draws.

Posted by: oranjebleeder | July 14, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Instead of getting a team, I'm hoping we'll get drawn into South Africa's group.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 14, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, that should have said:

Instead of getting a *seed*, I'm hoping we'll get drawn into South Africa's group. Dang brain.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 14, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting a little nervous about this now.

Posted by: sitruc | July 14, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

@Chest -- Interesting possibility, having Arnaud up front. Does offer a little more speed and options. Cooper and Ching are not quite clones, but...I kinda like Arnaud's potential -- he's hit some amazing screamers in MLS -- of course, that's why he's there, but he probably could play up top, too.

You could be right about this. I do agree with you that the positional change for Holden near the end of the game offers some insight into how Bradley views his options when goals are needed. He might go that way from the beginning, though Holden did create the first US goal from the middle of the field against Haiti.

Posted by: fischy | July 14, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

G - Perkins
D - Pearce, Marshall, Conrad, Heaps
M - Beckerman, Holden, Rogers, Cronin,
F - Ching, Quaranta
Subs: Busch, Goodson, Clark, Pause, Arnaud, Cooper

Posted by: VirginiaFan | July 14, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Starters:
Perkins
Evans, Goodson, Marshall, Pearce
Quaranta, Holden, Beckerman, Rogers
Ching, Arnaud

Subs: Busch, Conrad, Cronin, Cooper, Clark

Sorry to see that Davies is gone. Very sorry if Heaps ever dons the shirt again.

Posted by: soccerman | July 15, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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