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Bob Bradley names 20-man roster for U.S. national team friendlies against Poland and Colombia

The U.S. roster for the Oct. 9 match against Poland at Chicago's Soldier Field and the Oct. 12 meeting with Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.:

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton).

DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Clarence Goodson (Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham).

MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Moenchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas).

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham).

Pearce and Shea, the only MLS players selected, will not join the squad until Oct. 10.

"We understand this is a critical point in the season for teams in MLS," Coach Bob Bradley said. "Given the circumstances, we felt it was important that the MLS players be given as much opportunity as possible to remain with their clubs and continue to make important contributions as the playoffs approach."

Thirteen of the 20 players were on the World Cup squad. Six players are 25 or younger.

By Steve Goff  | September 30, 2010; 5:46 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  U.S. national team  
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Comments

Come on, Bob, Eddie Johnson? That ship has sailed for the foreseeable future...how about someone deserving in MLS?

Posted by: PEddy | September 30, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm missing something. Why wasn't Landon Donovan chosen? Overworked?

Posted by: jesuisunpizza | September 30, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Annnnnnd Goff updates the post to make my previous comment seem foolish, thanks. ;)

Posted by: PEddy | September 30, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I think you missed the big comment at the end by BB that said no MLS players would be selected.

Posted by: JayW4 | September 30, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I think JayW4 missed the names Shea and Pearce.

Posted by: EssEff | September 30, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Can you say 4-5-1?

That said, glad to see Lichaj, interested to see Shea, still waiting to see Diskerud.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | September 30, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice work not reading dudes. LOL.

These should be nice looks at the future. Looking forward to it.

Go USA!

Posted by: DadRyan | September 30, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

It definitely follows the BB pattern of grabbing 2-5 new guys and letting them experience the camp. (And possibly play in the game.)

I guess the name that really stumps me is Spector. His game has really fallen off; he can't even get into West Ham's 18 this season. Compare that to Eddie Johnson, who has elevated his game to the point where he is regularly getting subbed in on an EPL side that is in the top half of the table.

Posted by: glfrazier | September 30, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

If you saw Spector play at the beginning of the season, then you wouldn't be surprised he can't make the 18. The dude was just awful. Prior to this season, I could never understand why West Ham fans hated him so much ... but now I can understand it.

Posted by: empsg59 | September 30, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Onyewu? Really? He can't get a sniff at the bench for Milan and it's clear that he's not in Milan's plans for this season. Hey, let's call up Adu, too!

Posted by: fed-up-united | September 30, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Not very exciting at all aside from Jones. Lichaj and Shea are interesting, but I doubt either will feature. We'll see the usual guys across the back, and Shea will only be available for one game and might see a couple minutes in a sub role. But the rest is blah or just plain dumb.

Let me guess. Spector, Pearce, and Johnson will stink. Onyewu will look terribly rusty because he's outside Milan's 18 and not playing. Bedoya will prove yet again that he's not ready for this level.

And, seriously, Bob, give Michael a break! The kid hasn't had a break since the beginning of the last cycle. Why, why, why trot him out for every damn game and ALWAYS go the full 90? Even Donovan was subbed out in the Brazil game, and isn't in the 20 for this one.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | September 30, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic. Let's take a look at Bocanegra and see what this cat has to offer! I hear great things.


Bradley = fail

Posted by: Hoost | September 30, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I think if Bob Bradley said water is wet, a large number of people on this blog would say he's wrong.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 30, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Coach Bob Bradley said. "Given the circumstances, we felt it was important that the MLS players be given as much opportunity as possible to remain with their clubs and continue to make important contributions as the playoffs approach."

----------------------------------------------------

Taking his comment at face value, then

a) Bob Bradley hates Schellas Hyndman, or

b) Bob Bradley hates FC Dallas

Posted by: fischy | September 30, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

No Landon because - as he says - of the important overlapping MLS games to be played.

Can't say that Bradley isn't giving a chance to a new-crop of players to make an impression...

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | October 1, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

dont understand pulling boca and dolo across the pond for these types of games. love both of them and not suggesting they should be retired but they may or may not be up for another full cycle. save them for gold cup and give a shot to a couple of younger guys.

can anyone explain this?

Posted by: rainORshine | October 1, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

I simply do NOT understand Bradley's fascination with Heath Pearce!!

Posted by: cidcamp70 | October 1, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

OK, I'll say that it's a pretty tough time to pick a team. You've got MLS guys making playoff runs, you've got European guys just getting warmed up in their seasons, some playing European and domestic tournaments as well. But to me, that makes it even easier to give a lot of new guys a chance! This looks like Gulati's meddling here. God forbid we hurt ticket sales in anyway!

Posted by: FulhamDC | October 1, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Johnson's actually seeing time with Fulham. Maybe he's crossed some bridge and is actually learning how to play as a forward. Well.... one can hope.

If Edu doesnt start, Bradley should be fired. (Figured I'd get the complaint wagon moving early....)

Posted by: hacksaw | October 1, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I just can't get excited about international friendlies that occur almost four years prior to the next World Cup.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 1, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

If Edu doesnt start, Bradley should be fired. (Figured I'd get the complaint wagon moving early....)

Posted by: hacksaw

whattya mean? this thread was full of complaints before you even brought it up.....

Posted by: DadRyan | October 1, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

At least Ricardo Clark wasn't included.

Posted by: aschreur | October 4, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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