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USA Roster Outlook

With USA training camp opening Sunday in Miami, Coach Bob Bradley is in the process of completing his roster for the Oct. 10 World Cup qualifier at Honduras and the group finale four days later against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium. The list will be released as early as -- but not definitely -- on Thursday. Expect approximately 24 players to be named.

Based on previous qualifying rosters, most of the selections for these two matches seem to be no-brainers. And with so much at stake, Bradley is going to lean on the usual suspects:

Goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan. Defenders Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Spector, Chad Marshall, Jonathan Bornstein and Steve Cherundolo. Midfielders Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Ricardo Clark, Michael Bradley, Jose Francisco Torres, Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden. Forwards Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies, Brian Ching and Conor Casey, the MLS co-leader in goals with 15. (Defender Jay DeMerit is sidelined with an eye injury and will not be available.)

So barring any late ailments, 19 slots appear to be locks. Who else will be chosen?

Candidates include:

*Central back Clarence Goodson
*Outside midfielder Robbie Rogers
*Central midfielder Kyle Beckerman
*Outside back Frankie Hejduk
*Striker Kenny Cooper
*Goalkeeper Troy Perkins
*And perhaps most intriguing, left back Edgar Castillo

There is no urgency to cap Castillo because, now that FIFA has approved his request to switch allegiances from Mexico to the USA, he cannot go back. The chances of him being thrown into the USA lineup and making his debut in a critical match are remote. However, if the USA were to clinch in Honduras, the Costa Rica game would provide a great opportunity to see him in action. Castillo, from what I am told, feels part of the process and is excited for the opportunity to play ... at some point. However, he realizes that time might not be until this winter.

Another issue heading into these qualifiers is yellow cards. Altidore, Cherundolo, Clark, Dempsey, Hejduk, Casey, Donovan, Bocanegra and Feilhaber are all carrying a caution into the Honduras match, and with another, would have to sit out the Costa Rica game.

Meantime, Honduras has unveiled its personnel for the USA match.

What's your opinion about the potential USA roster?

By Steve Goff  |  September 30, 2009; 12:44 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

I like to see Central midfielder Kyle Beckerman get a good look with the 1st team.

Posted by: dculoyal | September 30, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Goff - any info on early ticket sales for the USA v. CR match?

Posted by: hoyanick1 | September 30, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Can Hejduk play left back? That's a better option than Bornstein, right? Considering Spector has locked down RB, let's get an energy aggressive guy on the other side, shift Bocanegra back to the middle with Gooch.

And please no Connor Casey.

Posted by: daandre3 | September 30, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Beckerman get a good look at the next two games (and the World Cup, if we make it) from his television. No way he is good enough for 1st team bench.

Posted by: daandre3 | September 30, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The chances of him being thrown into the USA lineup and making his debut in a critical match are remote.-----
Now Mr. Goff you are way better than nat's coaches to think this way. Castillo is already proven better than most us players are so if he can't get on the roster for this team than that's what's wrong with the system in this country.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | September 30, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Correction - Beckerman must watch the Honduras game on closed circuit at a participating location, since Honduras sucks.

Posted by: daandre3 | September 30, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Out of that list - I wouldn't mind seeing Castillo get time in camp with the first team. His integration into that group, even in training, would have a lot to say as to how well he could man the defensive flank for the Nats.

It's time to get Cooper in there. His performances in Germany should at least net him a look. Brian Ching has done many things as a player for the USA and Houston, but Cooper's a little younger and willing to take on defenders.

Hejduk. The guy is a winner and one of the better and more underrated contributors to the US Soccer Program over his career. Also, has saved our butts in C. America once already.

Orozco?
Dilly Duka?
Steve Nash?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | September 30, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

*Three Palacios brothers in the 18 for Honduras.

*@ DCUfootball -- Who has Castillo proven he's better than? What's wrong with the system in this country exactly? Didn't he grow up here and play his club ball here? Didn't he come up in the US national team system? Or are you saying he's "Mexican" and now he plays in Mexico therefore he MUST be better? All of the US backs except Marshall are in Europe. Maybe Castillo is better and maybe he isn't. But as far as one fan is concerned, he hasn't proven anything yet.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How in the world has Castillo proven he's better than most US players???

Posted by: JkR- | September 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling Torres won't play in Honduras. If we win, then maybe (and this is still a big maybe) Torres gets to play in the game against Costa Rica. Same goes for Castillo.

Posted by: Juan-John | September 30, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

There won't be anything new. Not at this point. It'll be the same guys and the same starting lineup as ever, barring injury or cards. Not even worth discussing.

Posted by: hacksaw | September 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I definetly think Castillo needs to go. Demerit gone means Bocanegra is needed inside, and so Hedjuk gets back in.

Cooper should definetly be in there. Kyle Beckerman was truly awful in his last appearance, but nothing to be done, Bob will call him. Honestly wouldn't mind seeing Quaranta, I think he's been a force recently.

Why can't Davies and Jozy get any minutes? When thing are going badly for your club, isn't that when you try out young talent? Whatever.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | September 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Goff - any info on early ticket sales for the USA v. CR match?

Posted by: hoyanick1 | September 30, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

My DCU ticket rep informed me that most of the lower bowl is sold and that they have begun selling tickets in the upper bowl. He also said they are now expecting a big crowd.

Posted by: croftonpost | September 30, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

You gotta call up Hejduk, in case things get nervy.

At this point, I doubt Cooper would even bother answering the phone if Bob Bradley called him.

Posted by: EdTheRed | September 30, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with a lot of the posters about Beckerman. I want to see if the kid from Crofton still stands out playing with the A team, as he did with the C Team.

Posted by: Nate8 | September 30, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

So did anyone see the DC Sports Bog post on DCU's appearance in ESPN's version of SI swimsuit? I guess if we clean house then some of the guys will have something to fall back on... Not sure if Moreno is going to make it as a model though...

Posted by: rademaar | September 30, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Beckerman wasn't even that great with the C team. With De Merit out, I guess Goodson gets a nod. I wish the team had identified a better option. In past years, Hejduk would be a lock, but this year he would be BB's 3rd choice at right back. So, the question is whether Bradley likes him at left back. My guess is that Castillo does get a call to back up there, so there is also a question of how many defenders we can carry.

No sure why we'd need 3 goalies, but I suppose if Howard goes down in the 1st game, we'd need a back-up @RFK. In midfield, I'm guessing Rogers gets a call-up before Beckerman. Not sure it matters who is picked for the final slot, as there's little chance he would make the 18 for either game, but I'd guess it turns on whether Castillo is called. If he is, I'd expect Hejduk to also get a call. Otherwise, it'll be Cooper.

Now, I'm off to start my DC marathon....

Posted by: fischy | September 30, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

AC Milan vs FC Zurich

AC Milan: Storari, Abate, Nesta, Kaladze, Jankulovski, Flamini, Pirlo, Seedorf, Ambrosini, Inzaghi, Alexandre Pato

Subs: Dida, Onyewu, Gattuso, Huntelaar, Zambrotta, Antonini, Ronaldinho

Milan 1-nil down, by the way :-0

Posted by: Kev29 | September 30, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

That proves it -- Onyewu is as bad as Ronaldinho and Huntelaar.

Posted by: Reignking | September 30, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

:-D

I'd be flattered to be named to that bench

Posted by: Kev29 | September 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Wolfsburg 0 ManU 0 40 minutes in

Posted by: croftonpost | September 30, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

2 goals in all the 2:45 Champions League kick-offs... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Posted by: Kev29 | September 30, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Wolfsburg 1 ManU 0 ggggooooooaaaaaalllll!!!!!

HaHaHaHaHa!

Posted by: croftonpost | September 30, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@UnitedDemon

Davies pretty much starts and plays at least 60 minutes a game. What are you talking about? Altidore has been coming of the bench for only a few minutes a match, but hopefully that will change.

Posted by: no_recess | September 30, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

GOOOOOOCH IS IN!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | September 30, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Rats!

Wolfsburg 1 Manu 1

ManU scores on a deflection off a Wolfsburg player within the wall. Lucky jerks!

65 minutes in

Posted by: croftonpost | September 30, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

the WaPost home page just changed to a "local beta". awful. apparently the editors are aiming for the USA Today demographic.

Posted by: troy6 | September 30, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Altidore has been coming of the bench for only a few minutes a match, but hopefully that will change.

Posted by: no_recess | September 30, 2009 4:02 PM

Jozy is a bit out of favor at Hull. Went from highly thought of starter to quickly subbed out to 2nd half sub in the last month. Tough to analyze much there, because almost everyone in a Hull shirt has been terrible.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 30, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

And RM wakes up...

Posted by: Reignking | September 30, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's a video feed (in Italiano) for those who can watch Gooch's competitive debut w Milan against Zurich:

http://calciolink.altervista.org/gio46_myp2p.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | September 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

On the field in the same game:

AC Milan's Oguchi Onyewu and FC Zurich's Onyekachi Okonkwo.

Posted by: the_slammer | September 30, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Wait, what is this BS about Jozy?

He is doing fine. He has made an impact off the bench, did fine in a cup match (scoring), and not as well in his start. Coach is trying out different combos, and just brought in another guy (after getting rid of another). So Jozy didn't play much on the road vs. Liverpool? Shocker. Besides, the major issue is the midfield.

Don't read so much into what has gone on so far.

Posted by: Reignking | September 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Gooch gets his first AC Milan run out

Posted by: Solnoir | September 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Okonkwo is in?!

I hope 'Things [don't] Fall Apart'.

Posted by: osgoodfan | September 30, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Falcao goal. Rock me Porto!

Posted by: Reignking | September 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Bummer,

Evil Empire 2 Wolfsburg 1

81 minutes in

Beautiful goal

Posted by: croftonpost | September 30, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

any word on the game against honduras is actually going to be in honduras still?

Posted by: joe_hill | September 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Castillo can't play for a bad Mexican team and we want him what a joke. We will see the same group as in Sept. No experiments now.

Posted by: euroman | September 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

*Three Palacios brothers in the 18 for Honduras.

*@ DCUfootball -- Who has Castillo proven he's better than? What's wrong with the system in this country exactly? Didn't he grow up here and play his club ball here? Didn't he come up in the US national team system? Or are you saying he's "Mexican" and now he plays in Mexico therefore he MUST be better? All of the US backs except Marshall are in Europe. Maybe Castillo is better and maybe he isn't. But as far as one fan is concerned, he hasn't proven anything yet.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 30, 2009 1:42 PM

How in the world has Castillo proven he's better than most US players???

Posted by: JkR- | September 30, 2009 1:43 PM

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Where is the perspective?

I will grant Castillo is unproven in the sense he has not played with the senior team, but c'mon, we are not talking about a deep talent pool...heck, Bradley could not even figure out his back four and was throwing midfielders back there in desperation.

Let's get a grip:
Cherundolo - integral player in one of Europe's toughest leagues
Spector - plays on one of the weakest teams in an excellent league, but often out of the matchday 18 (only two appearances in league play)
Bocanegra - useful player, but in the 18 week in and week out, plays in one of Europe's weakest 'big' leagues
DeMerit - integral player - for my money our best defender - but plays in a league that is arguably weaker or at least less technical than the Mexican league (and I hate the Mexican league)
Onyewu - cut his teeth in one of Europe's weaker leagues, failed miserably in England, not a figure for Milan, would not even be there if Milan were not in yard-sale mode
Marshall - MLS-quality defender, nuff said

This is not to say the guys in the mix are good or bad, but to put it in conext...the Mexican league is perhaps the best league the in the Americas, due to money if nothing else (Argentine and Brazilian state league are basically laden with young starlets and old veterans, the middle bubble or quality players are all overseas).

Dismissing Castillo automatically just because he does not play - or ride a bench - in Europ is short-sighted.

Posted by: ErickSp8 | September 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Dismissing Castillo automatically just because he does not play - or ride a bench - in Europ is short-sighted.

Posted by: ErickSp8 | September 30, 2009 4:50 PM

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Possibly so, but one can also make the same assertion about your claim that Castillo is suitable to walk onto the field just because he plays in (in your words)"the best league in the Americas".

Bottom line, he's a kid and it takes time for kids to get integrated into any national team side. It's a whole different game altogether, regardless of what league you play in. Give the kid some time for Pete's sake. Same goes for Torres and even Freddy Adu (this might come to the pure dismay of the Super-size-me-now-have-it-your-way-instant-meal crowd/bashers out there who decry a 20 year old kid a bust already). These are all young guys with tremendous promise and upside - I pray we wait for the fruit to at least start to ripen before we violently yank it from the tree.

Don't give me that "well other nations play teenagers" at tis level thing either. Let's face it people, we are simply not that good. We are getting better, as we have proven that when all things are a go, we can run with and even beat some top teams - but even then it comes at tremendous effort. We are getting better, but we are not there yet. So let's have our youngsters develop along with our program and see where this thing goes, shall we?

Oh and no, Mexico does not have the best league in the Americas (as my understanding of that statement attempts to lump SA into the fray). Plus I would seriously like to know where you came up with your ranking systems of the teams and leagues you managed to belittle all in the stroke of a few keys during one post. I do hope you did so in jest.

Posted by: Kosh2 | September 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Why is Freddie Adu not getting a look? Can someone answer that for me?

Posted by: chrisdaddygill | September 30, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Why is Freddie Adu not getting a look? Can someone answer that for me?

Posted by: chrisdaddygill

Freddie Adu is not playing so he is not playing for his club. Plan and simple. If you can't make it on your club team, why should you play in World Cup qualifier.

Posted by: Bigmon411 | September 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Chad Marshall won't be there.

If you've seen a Crew game in the last 3 weeks, and judging by your post, you haven't, Marshall has missed the last 2 MLS and last 2 CCL games with a knee injury and is expected to be out two more weeks.

No brainer doesn't mean no homework.

Posted by: TrueCrew | September 30, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

DeMerit has an EYE injury? I thought he pulled a muscle or something...

What exactly is wrong with his eye? It's a pretty interesting (and vague) description, so if anyone knows exactly what's up, please respond!

Posted by: kdiff813 | September 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

anyone have link for DC vs Jabloteh?

Posted by: Samuraise | September 30, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I doubt Marshall will have recovered from his knee injury in time for the game.

@kdiff

I believe Demerit's eye injury has something to do with cutting it while putting in a contact.

http://www.extrafootie.co.uk/clubs/detailed/watford/28404/

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | September 30, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

@kdiff813 (and anyone else, for that matter) -- If you go to the top -- to Goff's post, you will see tags underneath it. Click on the US Men's national team tag. That will tag you to recent Insider posts relating to the team. There you will find the post with the quotes from DeMerit about the cut to his cornea, continuing blurriness and possible surgery. Or, just use "the Google".

Nobody bothers to do their own research any more, do they? We've all got to be spoon-fed everything....

Posted by: fischy | September 30, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Please, please PLEASE not Robbie Rogers and Danny Cooper, they're they do not belong to the US Team, maybe B Team. They're awkward and slow and do not belong or should not play in important International games.

Posted by: chuck1956 | October 1, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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