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USA Roster Announced

Sorry for the delay -- just completed a six-hour drive for a family function.

Here are the 24 players in USA training camp ahead of the Sept. 5 World Cup qualifying match against El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium near Salt Lake City (8 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic, Telefutura) and the Sept. 9 qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago (7 p.m., ESPN Classic, Galavision):

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton).
DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Moenchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Houston), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca).
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Conor Casey (Colorado), Brian Ching (Houston), Charlie Davies (Sochaux), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake).

Onyewu is suspended for the El Salvador match. As we told you the other day, Dempsey, Casey, Cherundolo, Donovan, DeMerit, Bocanegra, Clark, Feilhaber and Altidore are carrying a yellow card and would miss the T&T game with another warning vs. El Salvador. Eighteen players will be in uniform for each match.

Click here for the complete press release.

Thoughts on the roster?

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2009; 5:07 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , U.S. men's national team  
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Findley the only newcomer...

Posted by: Reignking | August 27, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow Aston Villa out of Europa...

Posted by: Reignking | August 27, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess that Torres will be a starter on the bench and not be subbed.......

Posted by: dogboy | August 27, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Wondering if Martin O'Neill preferred to be out of Europe considering last year. But, Guzan can't be happy since that's the only playing time he ever sees.

Posted by: Lucius2 | August 27, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Does Bob Bradley hate Szetela? (Joking. He's not close to a full call up)

Posted by: Konoha7 | August 27, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, Robbie Findley. Awesome.

Posted by: B_A_ | August 27, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Time for some intentional yellows...

Posted by: iammrben1 | August 27, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

What's conor casey done to earn all these call ups? I've got $5 that Torres won't even dress for one game and probably won't play the other

Posted by: Bucky_Badger | August 27, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I hope BB realizes that the US has a much better offense and can actually score from the flow of the game and not just on set pieces when we play WITHOUT A TARGET FORWARD. Therefore no Ching, I think it is time to put him out to pasture.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 27, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

If Jozy and Charlie dont start I'm going to start a petition to have BB fired before next years Cup.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 27, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Findley might see action in T&T...

Posted by: fischy | August 27, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

rather than put together the best lineup, i started thinking about the worst possible lineup (keeping everyone at their normal positions). this way BB's choices will be an improvement:


perversely, i'd kind of like to see what that roster could do, though it would probably give me a heart attack. Dempsey i put out there only because he was so non-existent vs. Mexico. you could put Torres there (because Bradley certainly won't).

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 27, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

the more i think about it, the more missing Gooch for the ES game scares the bejeezus out of me. DeMerit and Marshall in the middle? i'd rather have Bocanegra move back there and put Spector on the left.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 27, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to see whether Bradley leaves Bocanegra on the left after a poor performance or slides him inside with Spector or Bornstein on the left. I'm assuming Cherundolo on the right is a given.

I'd love to see a more attack-minded midfield against our weakest opponent at home (i.e. no Clark alongside Bradley). That could mean Feilhaber (or maybe even Donovan, with Feilhaber on the left and Dempsey on the right). Torres with Bradley could be interesting but that's obviously not happening.

Posted by: benonthehill | August 27, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Findley must have found out last night.

Posted by: sitruc | August 27, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

remember when the Los Angeles Galaxy traded Robbie Findley and Nathan Sturgis for Chris Klein? Now that was a good trade. Like when they traded Ugo Ihemulu and Herculez Gomez for Joe Cannon

Posted by: diego_r | August 27, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone think Bradley is going to play Bocanegra on the left? I think Bradley will play Bocangera and DeMerit in the middle, and then Bornstein on the left. Remember what El Salvador did to us last time Gooch was out! Hopefully our team plays the way they need to.

Posted by: goalscorer24 | August 27, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

-I like the Findley call up. He is a player who can change a game. Go with Davies and Altidore and keep some added pace on the bench. This wont happen of coarse but I can dream it.

-Also, I would start Torres with Bradley. Why? Because I enjoy passing football, which for the first time in US footballing history is something this side is actually capable of doing.

Dolo DeMerit Boca Spector
Bradley Torres
Dempsey Donovan
Davies Altidore

-Now that team would move the ball. As always how can Torres play for the best team in the western hemisphere and not play on our national team?

-Bob Bradley sends out team in which he think will neutralize the opposition. I think the US nats team is better than that, especially against CONCACAF opponents (with the except of Costa Rica and Mexico away). We should send out teams that control and dominate the game.

-Conor Casey and Brian Ching have a judicial contract in which if they are not called up they have the right to sue BB and USSF for all the money in the world.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 27, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Hmm glad to see Torres, puzzled by Casey!!! Will watch Holden, I don't believe he has the physical strength for international football. Don't know Goodson? and what happened to the German chappie...who changed his nationality thinking that he would stand a better chance of a game with the USA?

It is fun to see the team names next to the players - how far as a football-nation we have come.

Posted by: londonboy | August 27, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I like our goal keepers (of course) and our back line, except perhaps for Bocanegra who was awful in Azteca. But who else you gonna use? And of course, I'm not happy that we'll be missing Gooch. Still, I like our defense overall.

The forwards are pretty solid too. Except for Ching who I'd like to see relegated to the bench where his lack of pace won't bother anyone but the waterboy. Give me Jozy and Davies or Donovan (who you could also stick in the midfield), and I'd be happy.

The midfield is the key, as was clear in Mexico City - if we can't hold the ball at all, our defense is battered and it doesn't matter how good our forwards are (regardless, Ching is too darn slow.) I'd like to see Dempsey show some fitness (you're in season now, boy, suck it up!) and Bradley has to step up at some point. Absent those possibilities (or even with them), I'd like to see Torres and Feilhaber get more serious time. Holden too, perhaps. But not Beckerman. Oh no, God no. Not sure why he's here anyway as his dreads kept getting in the way without any real effect as Mexico was scoring all those goals in the Gold Cup final.

Posted by: mannewskie | August 27, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah: Robbie Findley? Who cares.

Posted by: mannewskie | August 27, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Findley is more likely than Casey or Ching to actually score against someone not named Barbados.

Posted by: alecw81 | August 27, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Beckerman! REAlly? ... he is slow (it must be the hair), a JOKE...

Conor Casey! REAlly? ... he gets scared/lost against real competition...

Mr. BB your stock is dropping...

Posted by: DCFaninSocal | August 28, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

What's conor casey done to earn all these call ups? I've got $5 that Torres won't even dress for one game and probably won't play the other

Posted by: Bucky_Badger

So much Casey hatred. The guy's worked hard to get fit and stay healthy for an entire season. Man, give the guy a break; he's had more injuries than evil knevil. He's leading MLS in scoring; seems that should count for something. Not that he's shown much yet in a real match, but I think it's reasonable for BB to consider a player's league form when selecting the roster- like every other country on the planet.....

Posted by: hacksaw | August 28, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what y'all see in Findley. He showed in the olympics that if the defenders in front of him have any international quality, he is a non factor. Same with Chad Blast it.

No Cooper? REALLY?

Also, I'm sad to say that Beckerman has a better chance of playing than Torres.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 28, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I can't understand how he brings Guzan over Perkins.

Guzan has played maybe 5 competitive matches in the last year? Perkins is in mid-season form and owned that the Gold Cup.

You got to choose keepers who are playing, it one position you can't bring someone in cold.

Posted by: BBFunnyMan | August 28, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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