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U.S. roster for El Salvador friendly

Men's national team camp opens next week at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., with 23 players in preparation for the Feb. 24 friendly against El Salvador at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The match does not fall on an international fixture date, so the European-based players are unavailable. That will change for the March 3 game against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

"This camp and the game provide a chance for the coaching staff to get one more long look at this group," Coach Bob Bradley said of the roster, which includes 21 players from the January training camp. (The additions are Michael Orozco and Brian Ching.)

GOALKEEPERS: Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA).
DEFENDERS: Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia Union), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC).

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew).
FORWARDS: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake).

By Steve Goff  |  February 4, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Awesome. Minus the one defender who didn't keel over, and add the one forward I want to never see again.

Hopefully this means Gonzalez gets a shot. Sad Bedoya didn't stick around.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Glad Pontius made it! Is it possible that he ends up on the roster for South Africa this summer?

Posted by: alan19 | February 4, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Bedoya plays in Europe and is unavailable for this friendly. Pontius is at camp for the experience but has almost no chance of making the World Cup roster.

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Again with the Marvel Wynne...the guy is dog crap horrible. Why is he ever called into national team camp?

Posted by: Atlanta4MLS | February 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

This is great! Considering all the garbage Bradley has endured in the past, he is doing a heck of job building for the future.

This MLS Allstar team looks good. Let's see who really wants to go SA 2010.

P.S. Nice to see D.C. United being represented once more with th USMNT.

Posted by: hardcoco | February 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

thornton and rimando? really?

Posted by: amgrover | February 4, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

thornton and rimando? really?

Posted by: amgrover

I imagine the sprints in practice take a while.

Posted by: scott47a | February 4, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I hate all of these players! Let's call up those other MLS-based American players that are as good as these guys!

Oh, wait...

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 4, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@amgrover - Keep in mind we have at least 3 keepers in Europe ahead of this group on the depth chart. Rimando and Thorton both earned the chance with the US Team by their play in MLS.

Hopefully no red cards this time so we can get a decent evaluation of people in their "normal" positions.

Posted by: SoccerVA | February 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Only took 6 posts for someone to complain.

Posted by: Reignking | February 4, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I would expect a better performance from this group against ES regardless who starts. Players should be more fit, ES is not as good as Honduras and the players are aware that this is truly their last chance to impress. It will still be an "away" crowd at HDC as the guanacos will hugely outnumber USMNT supporters.

Posted by: sbg1 | February 4, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Marvell Wynne hahahahahahahahaha

Posted by: DCU_VW | February 4, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Brian Ching anyone?

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 4, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

At most there are 6-7 guys who could possibly go to SA from this's a nice chance for a cap for the rest. I look for a couple of add-on's from europe as we get closer to the match.

Posted by: euroman | February 4, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I want to see Omar start I think he could be the future at centerback for the US, and he is Terp. Same with Rogers I would like to see him find the consistency to match his talent, it is nice to see a real wing player out on the flank, his crosses can be amazing unfortunately right now that is only every once and a while.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 4, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Good For Pontius! Now, run for your lives--Snowmaggedon's coming.

Posted by: lovinliberty | February 4, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

USA playing El Salvador huh? well, for the fan who said Honduras is better than ES, I totally differ. the difference between both, is that one is in the WC and the other is not! simple.

US should expect same type of game that they played against Honduras.

just brief flashback, ES outplayed Honduras in both games in the HEX, and for ES disgrace, they loss 0-1 both games, games that could have easily gone either, (where ES outplayed Honduras), which is part of the difference why ES is not in the world cup and HONDURAS is. (by the way ES vs HOND will play in RFK on APRIL 10TH, some info out there.)

Not to mention, USA was not much better than ES either, 0-2 lead that they blew in San Salvador and loosing 1-2 in Salt Lake, against the starting US team, how can one disrepect ES so much and suggest a US mls squad will have it easy against ES, or just because in ones opinion ES is not better than Honduras?

in my opinion, if ES doesn't win this game will be a total shame!

Posted by: slvtruco21 | February 9, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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