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USA Roster Announced

Bob Bradley's 22 choices for the final World Cup qualifiers at Honduras on Oct. 10 and against Costa Rica on Oct. 14 at RFK Stadium are.....

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa).
Defenders: Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Spector (West Ham), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Clarence Goodson (Start), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City).
Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Michael Bradley (Moenchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Houston), Robbie Rogers (Columbus).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Charlie Davies (Sochaux), Conor Casey (Colorado), Brian Ching (Houston), Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich).

Read the full announcement.

For each match, 18 players will be in uniform. Altidore, Cherundolo, Clark, Dempsey, Casey, Donovan, Bocanegra and Feilhaber are carrying a yellow card and, with another against Honduras, would miss the Costa Rica match.

Thoughts?

By Steve Goff  |  October 1, 2009; 4:11 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

No Beckerman, but yes to Goodson. One out of two locals isn't bad.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 1, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Conrad?... Love the guy, but surprised to see Bradley kickin' it old school. I guess he replaces an injured Demerit... but would expect to see Chad Marshall instead.

Posted by: andyinc | October 1, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

How many goals does Jeff Cunningham have to score to get a looksy?

Posted by: andyinc | October 1, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Cunningham is about 97 yrs old, so no thanks. I believe Chad Marshall is injured this is why we see Conrad. He is more than a capable of filling in if necessary.

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 1, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Richie Cunningham is too old.

Conrad? Where did they dig him up from? I suppose since KC is almost out of it...

Posted by: Reignking | October 1, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

It's Honduras. You zip in, you zip out.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 1, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Pretty much what I expected. Let's get it done Red, White and Blue.

For blogkeeping...

For the nth time, Marshall is hurt.

Cunningham with the Nats? Are you having a laugh? I've seen that movie once before and it was quite enough for me, thank you. The dude is hot and happy-happies for him, but I never thought of him as a team player. Could be wrong now, maybe he's grown somewhat, but I still jsut don't see him as a fit for this team.

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 1, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

*just

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 1, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The decision to bring Cooper, Ching aannd Casey is puzzling. They are all of the slow,
American-style variety. It wouldn't hurt to bring Cassttiilllo along instead of Goodsen, but we are talking about Bradley. That would have been a progressive move.

Posted by: inzzo79 | October 1, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what your point is, but I'm pleased to see Cooper on the list. He's earned a shot with the full MNT.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

MLSnet lists Chad Marshall on the injury list with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

Hasn't played for Columbus since Sept 13.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 1, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"Altidore, Cherundolo, Clark, Dempsey, Casey, Donovan, Bocanegra and Feilhaber are carrying a yellow card and, with another against Honduras, would miss the Costa Rica match."

You forgot to add Michael "Red Card" Bradley to the list of players in danger of missing the Costa Rica game.

Posted by: timmy6 | October 1, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

definitely would have given Castillo then go over Conrad. Jimmy has no chance of playing, or even any experience to gain from playing. Let him be. Castillo, on the other hand, should be capped soon, and Bornstein isn't good enough to keep him firmly on the bench.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 1, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@Godfather

I guess a point would be that, ideally, the selection process should be based on putting together a group that could meet the demands necessary for qualifying. Deserving a call-up does not mean you should be there. The three players mentioned are the same kind. If Davies and Altidore go down, do we go with two slow 'point men' in a must win situation?

Posted by: inzzo79 | October 1, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and the abundance of target forwards, only one of whom can score, frightens me.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 1, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I can easily see Cooper giving just about any CONCACAF side serious problems. And I'm not sure Altidore really stands that far above the rest of the pool, at least in terms of speed...

I'd be real interested to know what the superior options at forward would be. (Remember, they do have to be Americans.)

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 1, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Sounds crazy, but Dempsey could be listed in the forward section of the roster. Pretty sure he was playing up front in the Confederations when he scored. Then you bring Freddy ... can't use the playing time excuse Bradley-son isn't starting every day in Moenchengladbach every week any more.

Posted by: inzzo79 | October 1, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You can't possibly mean Freddy Adu? lol. The playing time issue with him is not an excuse, more of an affirmation that Bradley is far from alone in his opinion of what Freddy has to offer at this point. Adu's got a loooooooong way to go before he gets another shot, and nothing in his makeup suggests he'll turn it around by 2010.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 1, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Marshall in that list?

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 1, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

meh
I could care less
I am boycotting the US v Honduras match because of this media rights debacle.

I find it BS that USSF can't do anything about it... DONDE ESta su cojones USSF?????

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | October 1, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Kosh, couldn't resist...

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 1, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"You can't possibly mean Freddy Adu? lol. The playing time issue with him is not an excuse, more of an affirmation that Bradley is far from alone in his opinion of what Freddy has to offer at this point. Adu's got a loooooooong way to go before he gets another shot, and nothing in his makeup suggests he'll turn it around by 2010."

Silly. Freddy was a standout through summer 2008. If he gets regular playing time at Belenenses, he'll be part of the squad in South Africa. The reports of his demise (the kid's only friggin' 20) and ridiculous crap about his "makeup" are silly.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | October 1, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

i dont know but im not a fan of feilhaber what has he done in the US squad besides that goal against mexico and michael bradly not my favorite i wouldnt mind seeing clark and beckerman in mid...instead of robbie rogers or stuart holden i would like to see one of my favorite players back Bobby convey especialy since beasley has not done nothing in the sqaud rogers ant holden have to many miss opportunities but in my books....holden, son bradley, feilhaber are garantee in the world cup possibly rogers as well... for are defence why not give castillo a shot and frankie hejduk as well hejduk has stayed in really good rythem i think these two are better than bronstien and cherendulo or specter but like always not a big coach bradley fan

Posted by: giovanniordonez27 | October 1, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Would have like to see Orozco given a chance rather than Conrad...
KC vs San Luis, knowing how KC sucks would have gone with San Luis.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 1, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the best squad available at this time given injuries. If the WC was tomorrow these are Bob's guys; the ones he trusts. No experiments now because we need results. Get behind this group and the red white & blue or just shut-up and get out of the way because they are going to qualify us for the World Cup!

Posted by: euroman | October 1, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Marshall in that list?

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 1, 2009 6:13 PM
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Unfortunately, Thurgood Marshall is no longer available.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 1, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't Freddy be getting a look? He plays as often as Gooch...

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | October 1, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Posters still pushing Adu? Who has not played regularly anywhere since FC Potomac and Real Salt Lake? In the immortal words of John McEnroe: "YOU CAN NOT BE SERIOUS!"

On the other hand, maybe Bradley is a complete idiot, just like Peter Nowak and the coaches at Benfica and Monaco.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 2, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Freddy, I agree with DEFPOTEC1. Why give up on the 20yo? I saw Freddy play with USA against Argentina (w/Messi) last summer in NJ and he was strong with the ball and along with Jozy gave the ARG defenders something to worry about.

Sure he needs playing time, and to mature his mental game, but that's doable. We can't afford to throw in the towel on his talent.
We just don't have enough skilled attacking players to give up on him. Look at our front line of big & slow types, we need more than that, right?

Posted by: dayface | October 2, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Of course, he's way too young to throw in the towel, but there's a huge difference between that and putting him in the 18 for the final qualifiers. Which is why Bradley keeps him in the mix for the B games and the C games. But until FA does better with those chances than he did this summer, it's madness to mention him being in the mix for 2010. He'll be 25 in 2014, right? So, no, of course don't throw in the towel.

And no, we don't need big and slow. We need more of what Charlie Davies is bringing.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 2, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Concerning Freddy, I think it was Zevon who said about him, "Some have the speed and the right combinations, but if you can't take the punches it don't mean a thing."

Posted by: dutchvision | October 2, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

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