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U.S. World Cup training camp predictions

U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley will announce his 30-man provisional roster for the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon. Of the 30, between 26 and 28 will attend training camp at Princeton, which begins next Monday.

The deadline to submit the official 23-man Cup squad to FIFA is June 1. All 23 must come from the original 30. However, in case of significant injuries after June 1, replacements (from inside or outside the 30) are permitted up to 24 hours before the team's first World Cup match.

Here's who I think will be on the 30-man register:

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GOALKEEPERS
Tim Howard (Everton): Undisputed starter.
Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton): Quality season in England.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): Preparing for future.
DEFENDERS
Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan): Can he return to form in time?
Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes): Starter in the middle or left.
Jay DeMerit (Watford): Strong presence in middle.
Jonathan Spector (West Ham): Can play on right, left (or center).
Steve Cherundolo (Hanover): Veteran right back healthy again.
Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA): Athletic, left-sided regular.
Clarence Goodson (Start): Provides depth in middle.
Heath Pearce (FC Dallas): Option on left or right.
Chad Marshall (Columbus): Size and strength in center.
MIDFIELDERS
Michael Bradley (Moenchengladbach): Two-way central starter.
Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers): In fine form; option in back too.
Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt): Healthy again, central role.
Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers): Healthy again, right-side role.
Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus): Can play in middle and flank.
Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca): Clever player in reserve.
Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro): Adds pace to right flank.
DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers): Does he still have it?
Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA): Good feet, creator.
MIDFIELDER-FORWARDS
Clint Dempsey (Fulham): Will start, but on right or up front?
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles): Will start, but on left or up front?
FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore (Hull City/Villarreal): Primary striking option.
Edson Buddle (Los Angeles): Spectacular, well-rounded form.
Brian Ching (Houston): Veteran target man recovering.
Charlie Davies (Sochaux): Remarkable comeback, but ...
Herculez Gomez (Puebla): Goal-scoring revelation in Mexico.
Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake): If no Davies, he offers speed.
Eddie Johnson (Aris): Recent scoring resurgence.

On the list but not going to Princeton: Pearce, Marshall, Johnson.

Not making the cut: D Frank Simek, D Jimmy Conrad, D Edgar Castillo, D Frankie Hejduk, MF Jermaine Jones, MF Robbie Rogers, MF-F Freddy Adu, F Conor Casey.

Your thoughts?

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By Steve Goff  |  May 10, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Carlos Bocanegra, Charlie Davies, Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, FIFA World Cup, Jonathan Spector, Landon Donovan, U.S. national team, United States men's national soccer team, World Cup, soccer  
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Comments

EJ? Yeah, I'd rather take a look at him than Casey.

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't see Marshall, Beasley, Kljestan, or Findley make the trip to SA unless there are some injuries or some injured guys don't recover in time. Other than that I'm not ready to make the call on anyone else. We may actually leave some good players at home this year. There seem to be so many guys on the bubble... more than I'd like at this point.

Posted by: jake77 | May 10, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The starting midfield doesn't look bad: Dempsey, Edu, Bradley, Donovan. It'll be interesting to see if they can give England a run for their money...

Posted by: schmuckatelli | May 10, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd still rather see 20yo Freddy Adu with something to prove on the roster. I don't think EJ has the mentality to go with his physical skills at forward.

I saw both of them play that friendly v. Argentina in 2008 at Giants stadium. EJ just didn't have it at that level. Conversely, when Freddy got the ball he put the ARG defenders on their heels.

The US is going to need that kind of ball control in SA, where we can hold the ball and counterattack.

Posted by: dayface | May 10, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Rooting for Beckerman but he's a dark horse.

Notwithstanding our everlasting debt to Ricardo Clark in the matter of Carlos Ruiz, I'd take Beckerman over Clark. Although Bradley never has, and I have no reason to believe he will start now. But Beckerman is in good form and has proven durable over a long period of time.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I am almost, but not quite, struck dumb by continuing suggestions that Freddy Adu is within a space shuttle ride of going to South Africa. Unbelievable.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Clark is starting in the Bundesliga, so please believe he is on the squad. The fun question is whether he or Edu will pair with Bradley.

Posted by: empsg59 | May 10, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

agree with Jake, but I also can't see Findley at the WC. He's off to a slow MLS start, and Johnson's recent form has been decent enough to give him an edge over Findley. But I'd say the only way either of these guys gets picked is if neither Davies nor Ching recover.

Posted by: hungrypug | May 10, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Guzan may be the future, but he's been riding the pine in the present. As part of Bradley's Chivas Caucus, he's more or less guaranteed a slot.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 10, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah well Bradley is starting in the Bundesliga too, but only because of his dad ;)

Posted by: OWNTF | May 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

LOCKS:
Wegerle, Bruce Murray
Ramos, Perez, Harkes,
Dooley, Caligiuri, Balboa,
Meola

Bubble:
Wynalda, Jimmy Banks

Posted by: delantero | May 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Bring Adu to SA would be pretty insane, but not nearly as insane as choosing Beckerman over Clark.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 10, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

WHAT ABOUT JOSH WICKS?!


;-)

Posted by: nairbsod | May 10, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Spector is shambolic...

Spector, in particular, is overrated. He is lucky the Hammers' fans did not run him out of town or burn his car. Yes, he was played out of his natural position, but still...at that level you must be able to adjust.

He will get torched in South Africa.

Posted by: ErickSp8 | May 10, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

EJ has been given more than enough chances. For him to be in camp is an insult to other players who at least give a full effort. I would rather have Conor Casey. He may not be great, but neither is EJ and at least you know Casey will hussle every second he's on the field

Posted by: kevbalt | May 10, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm struck dumb by suggestions that Beckerman should make the practice squad over Clark, who I expect will start in South Africa....or, for that matter, suggestions that Beckerman should make the practice squad over any of the above names except possibly Kljestan and Findley.

So there.

Posted by: fischy | May 10, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If Davies doesn't make it (and I'd be really surprised if he did at this point), then either Donovan or Dempsey has to start up top with Altidore. No one else has a chance of getting anything done against England.

Posted by: joe_hill | May 10, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

ErickSp8:

It's true that Spector hasn't played very well lately, but he played exceptionally in the back four in the confed cup on his favored side, and is experienced against literally everyone on the England squad. At worst, he'll get the start vs. England, lose out, and Cherundolo will step up.

Also, Goff, pretty sure Bedoya is left sided (thank God).

Oh yeah, and Findley doesn't even have close to what it takes.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 10, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Ya gotta love Findley's speed, but, right now, little else about him.

I'd take Casey over Findley. Conor can score. He can get into good positions and he can finish. If you don't think that's important, take a gander at United's roster.

Posted by: fischy | May 10, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

same weak spots in forward and defense. is it too late for rossi to switch to usa?

Posted by: Matte | May 10, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Pearce shouldn't be on the list. If he cant make it at Rostock, then the WC is way too much.

Only five MLS players on the list, six if you count the undeserving and no-chance Pearce. I guess that is a good thing?!?

Does anyone know what the percentage of MLSers on the '02 and '06 squads were? We all know about '98...

Posted by: rademaar | May 10, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@Demon -- Bedoya does play on the left side for Orebro, but Bradley has used him on the right side.

Posted by: fischy | May 10, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Would much rather see Freddy Adu in place of Herculez Gomez. Gomez is just too slow for the Int'l pace. Freddy can put teams at their heels with his ball control.

U-S-A ...U-S-A....

Posted by: cfrazier91 | May 10, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Overall, more evidence of a thin veneer of talent over an ocean of mediocrity, a decade and a half into MLS.

DEFENDERS

No major arguments here - but can somebody please train Wynne before he loses his speed? He's the only guy that can keep up with a Ronaldo/Torres/Messi break. Can't Frankie play on the left?

MIDFIELDERS
Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA): Good feet, creator.

Not ready for prime time, but the dropoff is pretty massive at this position. We don't breed creators.

MIDFIELDER-FORWARDS
Clint Dempsey (Fulham): Will start, but on right or up front?
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles): Will start, but on left or up front?

Choose or lose. Enough hybridization. It would be cool to see these guys together at forward. Will Bradley give that a look? Plus, if there's any player that belongs at this hybrid position, it's Freddy Adu.

FORWARDS

Edson Buddle (Los Angeles): Spectacular, well-rounded form.
Brian Ching (Houston): Veteran target man recovering.
Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake): If no Davies, he offers speed.

...Let's put these guys under "possible concessions to Don Garber"

Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Donovan and Dempsey should be on any forward list. Can we please acknowledge the difficulty in ascertaining the skills at this position in an MLS environment? Lando can compete on this stage, but that being said, we need Everton Lando and not LA Lando. Nowhere does MLS single entity imposed mediocrity cloud the selection picture than at this position.

Putting the ball in the back of the net in MLS has never been a good indicator of what happens on the world stage. It's always been hard to ID world class scorers in our special needs, concocted randomized outcome parity system, especially if the open market European system doesn't ID them first.

Even then, two of our deadliest strikers have turned into hybrids....

Posted by: soccerreform | May 10, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Beckerman is a solid B-teamer. This is the A-Team.

Posted by: Ron16 | May 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Please please stop with Adu.

In THREE YEARS since leaving MLS he has never been a regular club starter, and has appeared (not necessarily started) in 30 games.

In THREE YEARS since leaving MLS, he has 10 caps, and (IIRC) none of them were meaningful qualifiers or "A team" games.

40 appearances (not "games") in THREE YEARS.

So please just stop.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 10, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Will any of the training sessions be open to the public?

Posted by: timmy6 | May 10, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if Adu were a real forward, where the US is weakest, he could have a chance -- but he's a midfielder, where we have more than enough.

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Sweet! Hey Atlantans:

http://atlantasoccerfest.org/
Come support the USA in their first 2010 World Cup game versus England on June 12th. The game will be broadcast live on a big screen in Cabbagetown Park. Come early for Argentina vs. Nigeria at 10:00 am. Festivities will start before the game and include interactive activities for the kids put on by local soccer associations. Food and beer will be available by local vendors.

Food & Beverages. Beer provided by Sweetwater Brewing Company

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I picked my 30 before looking at Goff's. Only differences were I assumed 4 keepers to Goff's 3, and I included Casey. He had Klejstan and Findley in their place. Casey vs. Findley is a crap shoot. Neither should cross the ocean unless Casey grows wheels.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 10, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@soccerreform - where to begin? My guess would be you emerged from some sort of strange time warp. Frankie? Freddy? Kenny Cooper??!!!

No issue with late bloomers, but Wynne has shown little to no progress for the past several years.

Cue the Twilight Zone music...

Posted by: assocfoot | May 10, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't see Charlie Davies taking a spot when he is not ready to play at this level.
Freddy Adu, and Conor Casey deserve a shot. Both bring "heart" to their play, and that is what the US needs.

Posted by: 189AROD | May 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I am struck du

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | May 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Beasley?

He hasn't even been dressing for the Rangers.

Update: Beasley Leaving Rangers

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100510/SPORTS/5100314

Not sure how with 6 league starts in a full season he's in the 30. I appreciate his previous contributions but 2004 was 6 years ago.

Posted by: Eternal2 | May 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Just to add, Beasley has only seen time in 1 of the last 7 Rangers games.

Posted by: Eternal2 | May 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Based on current form, Adu is much more deserving than Beasley. Adu has been starting regularly and playing very well for Aris. I hope he goes.

Posted by: Metzengerstein | May 10, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

So please just stop.

Posted by: OWNTF
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um, no. true he hasn't played a lot of games, but he has played very well in some of those games; better than almost anyone else on the US list. so, I'll join in with the others who suggest that a potential but unrealized star is a better bet than proven nonentities.

Posted by: troy6 | May 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, there is no way that Davies goes to South Africa. At least, I hope he doesn't. I'm a huge fan of his, but I just see him getting injured trying to come back too quickly.

Posted by: EssEff | May 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

OWNTF:
Check it out, Freddy last week against Olympiakos. What has Beasley done lately?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qchTe-drubs&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: Metzengerstein | May 10, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Beasley...really? Let's stop this charity for his performance in 2002...its 2010, Beasley is finished at the international level, he doesn't deserve the call up.

Posted by: jro1 | May 10, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Has former MLS Defender of the Year Michael Parkhurst dropped off the radar screen? When he is on his game, I think he matches up well with several of the defenders on the list.

Posted by: b18bolo | May 10, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm hopeful regarding Herculez Gomez. I'm curious to see how he gels with our midfield and other strikers. He tore up the Mexican league, and if he can get on the same page with our other players, he could be very good.

Posted by: WorldCup | May 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Yea, I'd take Adu over Findley and EJ easily. He'd still probably be on the outside looking in, but Findley doesn't offer any sort of hope for quality play on the international level, and EJ has been given more shots than Pacman Jones to resurrect his career with the US. Adu, regardless of how inconsistent he's been, still has the talent to do things no other US player can (whether he puts it together is a different story). He's hit or miss, obviously, but an insertion of Findley or EJ into any game would essentially be throwing in the towel for any higher-level aspirations.

Regarding the rest of the list, I'm okay with Goff's speculation. Though I'd probably take Hejduk over Marshall, purely for leadership and training tenacity. There's no shot Marshall gets any action (Gooch, Boca, Demerit, Spector, Goodson, Edu would all see action at CB before Marshall) and Hejduk at least provides experience for what is a very nerve-wrecking tournament.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Oops, I meant to say that Hejduk provides experience and leadership for what is a very nerve-wrecking tournament.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@timmy6: I believe I read somewhere - maybe here? - that the training sessions are not open to the public.

Posted by: nairbsod | May 10, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Findley is playing hurt right now for RSL and not doing so very effectively.

I can't see any way he makes it to Princeton, especially if Gomez and Johnson are there in case Davies doesn't go.

Bob is going to put Conor Casey on the list of 30 and say "stay with your team" in case Ching can't recover in time.

Posted by: StanShmenge | May 10, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Here are the Insider player ratings from Adu's last MNT start, which was here against Honduras (Tino's goal). Adu was yanked at 64'. Tenorio's "4" was generous. Unless Coach Bradley is hallucinating, Adu is not coming to camp.


Player ratings: Perkins 7; Cherundolo 6, Marshall 7.5, Parkhurst 6, Pearce 6; Quaranta 8, Pause 5, Beckerman 6, Rogers 6; Adu 4, Ching 7. SUBS: Feilhaber 8, Davies 8, Cooper NR

Posted by: OWNTF | May 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

RE: OwnTF

"In THREE YEARS since leaving MLS, he has 10 caps, and (IIRC) none of them were meaningful qualifiers or "A team" games."

Wrong- Freddy entered in the 62' of the 3-1 loss at Costa Rica- a meaningful qualifier A team game.

Also, if the US needs a win to advance in the game vs. Algeria and is tied after 75 minutes, who would rather bring in Findley than Freddy? Algeria I think.

Posted by: DC0071 | May 10, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Freddy Adu will be in the mix . . for 2014 and 2018. No chance, Zero, Zilch, Nada that he'll get called up to camp and to South Africa.

Quit yer dreaming. You don't go from Benfica to loanville and end up in Greece before the World Cup. Enough already.

Posted by: delantero | May 10, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Quit yer dreaming. You don't go from Benfica to loanville and end up in Greece before the World Cup. Enough already.

Posted by: delantero"

As opposed to Real Salt Lake? It's not like the US is sitting on a gold mine of strikers playing in La Liga.

Guess we can rule out Eddie Johnson too by this theory.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Yea, I'd take Adu over Findley and EJ easily.
Posted by: psps23

How is this comparable? Adu is a midfielder.

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me. OK he played 28 minutes in an atrocious loss.

But you guys on the Internet stand over in that corner under the "Bradley Is An Idiot" banner.

I will stand over in this corner with all of club and national team coaches as to whom the potential seems as yet urealized and the greatness has not yet been revealed.

I hope the very young Mr. Adu gets great and gets it done for the US in World Cup(s) to follow. But I don't see South Africa in the cards.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"How is this comparable? Adu is a midfielder.

Posted by: Reignking"

So are Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.

Doesn't mean that's where they'll be playing, especially if Davies isn't ready to go.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: noonan_17 | May 10, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Bradley has to pick people that play certain roles. Comparing Adu to two forwards isn't accurate because he wouldn't take their spot. He would be taking Sasha's or Beasley's or someone like that.

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Your list seems dead on Steve. Can't wait to see the real thing. Donovan and Buddle are playing very well together, it makes all the sense in the world to be bringing Buddle into camp and seeing if he can keep it rollin'.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anybody is saying Adu should play every minute of every game in SA. Obviously we have better options at this point. But when you look at the bottom of our bench I see a lot of drek. Freddy at least has the potential of being a game changer, even if it's slim odds that he actually does. You can't really say the same for any of the folks in our striker pool.

Posted by: Matte | May 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I believe you can compare Adu to strikers. He's an attacking player, even if he is a midfielder. If he makes it into a game, it would be either because we had suspensions or injuries galore in a previous match, or because we were far behind and in the waning minutes of a critical match. He'd be in a game either as a withdrawn forward, an attaching central mid, or a winger. He'd be on the pitch for his attacking skills, not for possession or defense. You gotta look at the guy in the context of why he would be on the roster. And I GUARANTEE that we will find ourselves in that spot in the opening round, needing points to advance, desperate, late in a game.

Posted by: Matte | May 10, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Adu has played up front for the US a number of times. Just because he isn't a prototypical striker doesn't mean he isn't in competition with Johnson or Findley. You can liken it to a scenario in which Bradley only holds one striker in his reserves for a match because he knows if he needs it, he can insert a midfielder and move Dempsey or Donovan up top in a pinch.

Versatility is a positive in this case, not a negative. Adu's ability to play multiple positions as opposed to EJ's and Findley's ability to only play one adds significant value to Adu's insertion into the roster.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Yea, I'd take Adu over Findley and EJ easily.
Posted by: psps23

How is this comparable? Adu is a midfielder.
Posted by: Reignking

No matter, it's Freddy Adu, and he really, really, REALLY wants to go, so we should let him. I'm going to go twitter everyone that he should go to.

Posted by: delantero | May 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: Matte | May 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse"

Exactly. Odds are he wouldn't make it anyway, but I'd certainly have him over the other bottom-of-the-barrel attacking options.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Yea, I'd take Adu over Findley and EJ easily.
Posted by: psps23

How is this comparable? Adu is a midfielder.
Posted by: Reignking

No matter, it's Freddy Adu, and he really, really, REALLY wants to go, so we should let him. I'm going to go twitter everyone that he should go to.

Posted by: delantero | May 10, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me. OK he played 28 minutes in an atrocious loss.

But you guys on the Internet stand over in that corner under the "Bradley Is An Idiot" banner.

I will stand over in this corner with all of club and national team coaches as to whom the potential seems as yet urealized and the greatness has not yet been revealed.

I hope the very young Mr. Adu gets great and gets it done for the US in World Cup(s) to follow. But I don't see South Africa in the cards.

Posted by: OWNTF
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actually, his first coach at Benfica thought the world of him and played him regularly. his current coach plays him regularly. his "lost year" at Monaco was because the coach wasn't consulted about bringing him in.

I don't mind if Adu isn't your preference. But don't go lumping everyone who might disagree with you into a pejoratively-named group.

I had a much higher opinion of you before today. And by the way, you're a "guy on the internet" too.

Posted by: troy6 | May 10, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there really are some personally embittered personalities when it comes to Adu. Sad to see so much vitriol for a young talent like that, regardless of the expectations heaped on him when he was brought onto the scene.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Eh, not like these guys are even going to make the 18.

And that's something Adu is great at :)

Posted by: Reignking | May 10, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Who you talking about? Vitriol? Haven't read every post, but geez, I said he'd be in the mix for the next two Cups, but there isn't anyway he'll get called in this time.

Oh, and there are really some Adu lovers out there, who think he's the next great phenom, another Pele, magic man . . . . . . don't believe the Nike hype.

Posted by: delantero | May 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The 18 should be interesting to see. A year ago, I would have bet the house these names would have been on it:

Howard, Guzan, Gooch, Boca, Demerit, Spector, Bradley, Donovan, Dempsey, Clark, Davies, Altidore, Feilhaber, Holden, Edu, Cherundolo, Bornstein, Ching

Now it's all up in the air. So many guys coming of serious or semi-serious injuries, it's tough to project who'll be in form and who won't.

Posted by: psps23 | May 10, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I love the people who say zero chance for (x) player.

I think there will be some surprise additions and exclusions tomorrow.

Posted by: Eternal2 | May 10, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

If Casey is healthy, he'll be in the thirty and probably be in the final roster. For all the talk about bringing guys in form, Bradley is too wedded to the same group he has used for qualifying and will not change now. Maybe Buddle since Arena will be lobbying hard for him, but none of the other "newer" names.

I think this team turns on whether or not Beasley shows up and plays well. He's the only one that can take the focus off of Donovan (aside from Davies, but I think he's a stretch to be as much of an impact after such a long rehab).

We'll see. But, after an entire cycle with Bradley Im amazed that anyone thinks he's going to bring new faces into the final roster.

Posted by: hacksaw | May 10, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

IF Landon Donovan goes down to injury, who will be the playmaker to pull the strings? I can only see one man that has the creativity to do that- Freddy Adu! Plus if he is someone that is going to be in future World Cups, then why not have him gaining some useful experience in SA?

Also I bring Hedjuk, because of his sheer heart and tenacity. No to Klijstein, and no to Eddie Johnson. The rest of the list looks about right. That's just my 0.02 rands...

Posted by: alan19 | May 10, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

RE: OWNTF

Adu has started 4 of the past 6 matches for Aris. Playing against Spain(starting), Argentina and England (supersub) were all A team games, as was Switzerland.

He's played in multiple World Cup Qualifiers as well. How do so many people have such a distorted view?

Posted by: Blue12 | May 10, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Does the lack of whining about Bornstein mean we're okay with him again, or just that we're resigned to the Chivas posse making it in? Because I'll whine.

Posted by: crynyd | May 10, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree on the keepers. I don't see any reason to name 4. The only way someone outside the 3 you name is needed is in the event of a serious injury, in which case Bradley isn't limited to the 30.

I don't like Marshall at all at the international level, and I doubt he'll make the final 23. But who else to name to the 30? Hejduk's the only other defender with a shot at the 30.

In midfield, I'm not sold on Bedoya, Beasley, or Kljestan. Bedoya's the latest flavor of the month, and he didn't look out of his depth in a short appearance against Holland. But he's not playing at a particularly high level week to week (Sweden is on par with MLS, in my opinion), and he's not exactly lighting it up. He's playing pretty well by all accounts, but let's not get carried away. Kljestan? Oh, boy. I know he's one of Bradley's guys, but overall he's been atrocious in recent appearances. Beasley out of favor again in Glasgow. But he did look competent against Holland. Leave Kljestan at home and bring Adu. (Yes, bring Adu. The idiots here slamming him are just as idiotic as the people claiming he's the second coming of Pele. The bottom line is that he's shown in the past, at a very, very young age, that he could be a positive contributor against top level competition. Now he's playing regularly for the first time since fall 2008 when he made a splash at Benfica before getting the shaft by a new coach. Bradley's an idiot if he doesn't give Adu a shot to see if he can match his summer 2008 quality. Kljestan has NEVER shown the ability against top competition Adu did (at 18) against Argentina and Spain, and neither has Bedoya. Bedoya's appearance against Holland was PROMISING, but it simply was NOT as impressive as Adu's performances against Argentina and, especially, Spain in 2008. Yes, that was 2 years ago. But he's finally getting regular minutes again. Hell, he's probably played as much (minutes-wise) at Aris in the past 4 months as he did at Benfica (where he got hosed), Monaco, and Belenenses combined.

As for the forwards, Findley should NOT be in consideration. He's shown absolutely NOTHING against non-MLS competition. I don't care if he's fast. First and foremost, he needs to be able to PLAY SOCCER against top competition, and there's no reason to think he can based on glimpses of his form on the international stage. Hell, I'd rather see Casey than Findley, and I think Casey's deadweight. If Bradley wants speed, bring Johnson. And, yes, Adu should be considered as a possible forward, too.

I don't envy Bradley having to make the call on Davies. Lots of folks are rooting for him (me included), and Bradley would look like a grinch if he leaves him out of the 23. But he's obviously worth a look to see how far he's come.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | May 10, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. I don't think Adu is the second coming of Pele or the answer to all that ails US soccer or anything along those lines. However, when I look at that big list of players Goff posted, I don't see many that are capable of single-handedly doing something special to change the course of a game. Donovan and Dempsey are it (and maybe, just maybe, Jozy). But if they're already starting and it's the 65th-70th minute and we need to inject some vitality into the attack, I don't see anyone on that list who has shown the ability to do so. Adu has the glimpses of magic to do so -- yes, they are few and far between, but every now and then he pulls off the dazzling run, perfect through ball, etc. And that's why I'd take him.

Posted by: edgeonyou | May 10, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Buddle!

Posted by: joepublic1 | May 10, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Just got my tickets to see us beat Turkey at the Linc! Hoping I get to see Perkins, Beckerman, Findley, Cunningham, Adu, Beasley, Conrad and Casey! GOOOOOO USA!

In all seriously, I'm hoping Feilhaber and Torres see some minutes in South Africa. We need some creativity to complement Bradley. I like Clark and Edu, I've always felt Feilhaber has a little more to offer going forward.

Posted by: daandre3 | May 11, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Eddie Johnson should be at the World Cup. At least in the 30 pick. Anyone who doubts hasn't been following his form in Greece. He has been playing well (much better than Adu).Sacha Kljestan gets to emotional and is only hot for a short period. Charlie should be considered.

Posted by: galaxylakers | May 11, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Late comment to add - last night on Contacto Deportivo they said Pachuca would lose Jose Torres (USA) and Edgar Benitez (Paraguay) after this weekend. So if they get past Toluca and make the final of the Mexican liguilla it would be without those two.

The players who were called up for El Tri were already released several weeks ago.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 11, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Guzan rides the bench at Villa because he's No. 2 to one of the Premiership's top keepers, Brad Friedel. Guzan played well in Villa's FA Cup run. He's an obvious choice for the WC squad.

As many posters have noted, there's no one better than Adu if USA needs an injection of speed and attacking zip late in a match. Beasley is sort of an enigma. He looked decent against Holland. Rangers likely benched him at season's end because they knew he wasn't returning. Did they lose faith in his ability -- or get tired of paying his medical bills? He could go to the WC because USA lacks depth at left mid. (And left back!)

Posted by: runningcloud | May 11, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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