Bob Bradley close to finalizing U.S. roster for Nov. 17 friendly vs. South Africa in Cape Town
Although the final match on the 2010 calendar falls on a FIFA international fixture date, don't expect a full U.S. men's squad for next Wednesday's friendly against South Africa in Cape Town. Distance, fatigue, injuries, club roles and MLS scheduling will figure into Bob Bradley's selection of no more than 18 players. The roster will be released sometime this week. Bafana Bafana's list will come out this Wednesday.
European-based players who are in their club lineup regularly (Bradley, Dempsey, Howard, Holden, Jones, Edu, Kljestan and the injured Bocanegra) have league matches this weekend and the following weekend, so it makes little sense for them to travel such a long distance for a friendly.
Defender Clarence Goodson and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya are starters as well, but have finished their Scandinavian seasons and should be available for the trip. Other Euros likely under consideration: goalkeeper Brad Guzan, forward Eddie Johnson, defender Eric Lichaj, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, defender Jonathan Spector, midfielder Ricardo Clark, forward Jozy Altidore and defender Oguchi Onyewu.
It seems doubtful that Mexican-based players (Torres, Gomez, Castillo) would get called up for this single match. For the MLS breakdown.....
Players from MLS clubs participating in the conference finals this weekend are not available. That rules out Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Omar Gonzalez, Heath Pearce, Brek Shea, Kevin Hartman, Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Convey and Conor Casey.
Initially, Bradley was counting on player availability from the losing team participating in a conference final this Thursday, but MLS ended up scheduling both matches on the weekend.
Because of first-round elimination, these players are in the mix: Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley, Chad Marshall, Eddie Gaven and Robbie Rogers.
And players from teams that failed to reach the playoffs might also be considered: Geoff Cameron, Brian Ching, Jonathan Bornstein and Kevin Alston, among others.
With only a few days together, Bradley seems unlikely to select players who have never been involved in a U.S. camp. He'll wait for the annual extended gathering in January in Southern California to introduce new players into the system.
On a side note, Bradley is heading to South Africa this week to attend a ceremony at Irene Middle School. The USSF is donating $20,000 to resurface the soccer field, paint the tennis courts and construct a net behind the athletic area to prevent balls from landing in a road. Irene is the town between Johannesburg and Pretoria where the U.S. team was based during the World Cup.
| November 8, 2010; 2:43 PM ET
Categories: MLS, South Africa, U.S. men's national team | Tags: U.S.-South Africa
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