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Posted at 1:02 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Bob Bradley sets U.S. national team roster for January training camp at Home Depot Center

By Steve Goff

The U.S. national team's annual winter gathering in Southern California allows Coach Bob Bradley to take a closer look at MLS players and international-based personnel on extended winter break. (Most players with European clubs are not available.) Camp opens Jan. 4 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and will culminate with a friendly against Chile on Jan. 22. Those who perform well in camp and in the match will position themselves for possible selection to the Egypt friendly in Cairo on Feb. 9, a FIFA fixture date when high-profile players will comprise most of the roster.

In the big picture, this is just the first small step at the start of a new four-year cycle in constructing a player pool for the Gold Cup, World Cup qualifying, possibly the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Notable omission: San Jose midfielder Bobby Convey, a 2006 World Cup veteran who resurrected his career this season. But without the immediacy of preparation for vital competition, Bradley selected mostly players without international experience. (Even Alejandro Bedoya, a candidate for the 2010 World Cup squad, has just six caps and been a part of the player pool for only about a year.) Many are also age-eligible for the 2012 Olympics and need U.S. camp experience. Injuries ruled out potential call-ups such as Dallas defender George John and San Jose defender Ike Opara.

"The Gold Cup doesn't begin until June, so we have a little more time there," Bradley said of the timetable and urgency. "We also understand going forward that it's an opportunity to at least begin the process of looking at some under-23 players, players that will be able to play for our Olympic team in qualifying. We really tried to focus on players that have not been in January camps, so that we could see what some of these new faces are all about and get to see them in this situation."

U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi (Glasgow Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

DEFENDERS: A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads, Sweden), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado), Marvell Wynne (Colorado).

MIDFIELDERS: Eric Alexander (Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (Dallas).

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New York), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).

By Steve Goff  | December 21, 2010; 1:02 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, MLS, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Bob Bradley, U.S. national team  
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Comments

On paper, Ream looks good.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I see what you did there.

If that came later in the thread, there'd be a card...(wags finger...)

Posted by: JkR- | December 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

really? still?: Wynne, Rimando

Posted by: inzzo79 | December 21, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo! DC United had a player called up!

Posted by: mbyrd28 | December 21, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I love January camps. Once a year we all gather to overestimate the abilities of one standout performer and declare other players' careers dead.

Do we have a Bornstein or Kljestan in here?

Also, I believe this is an historic roster. For likely the first time in national team history, two players from Oklahoma (Cervi and Loyd) are on the roster. I'm shocked this isn't on ESPN's lead. Oklahoma, people.

Posted by: Jooseppi | December 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Love me some Mix

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I still think convey should have gotten a spot, we haven't seen very much of him on the national team since the 06 cup and he earned a spot at camp nobody can deny that. the argument that he already knows the system just doesn't cut it for me not playing regularly in a system for 3 years or so means you need practice in it. this is a clearly signal he wont be in squad for the gold cup

Posted by: bearcox13 | December 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I still think convey should have gotten a spot, we haven't seen very much of him on the national team since the 06 cup and he earned a spot at camp nobody can deny that. the argument that he already knows the system just doesn't cut it for me not playing regularly in a system for 3 years or so means you need practice in it. this is a clearly signal he wont be in squad for the gold cup

Posted by: bearcox13 | December 21, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Agree with bearconx13.

By not bringing in Bobby Convey to play left back, Bob is missing an opportunity. Yes, he'll be older in 2014 (31), but that isn't bad at all for international play. He's clearly got the most talent of any leftback in the league. By establishing his position now, it would force other left backs to actually Accomplish something in order to play. This would help the US work out of the problem we're living with.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 21, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@mbyrd28 +1 -- my thoughts exactly. It's been a while.

Posted by: glfrazier | December 21, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Its Miller Time!!!!

Too bad United never had a chance to sign him.

Oh, wait....

Posted by: SoccerVA | December 21, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

double comment penetration from the bearcox

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | December 21, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

agree about convey.

and if anyone is interested in an end of the year debate about best 11 heading into 2011 and towards GC, heres who ive got:

only change to my WC 11 would be pearce in for spector:

(4-5-1)
pearce(L), boca, goodson, dolo(R);
donovan, edu, holden, bradley, dempsey;
buddle

have not seen enough of jones (and others) to put in first team...

Posted by: rainORshine | December 21, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I like Bobby, and would have liked to see him in camp if he wanted to go, but I don't view him as a left back. You have to defend some.

Not that he can't defend but I wouldn't say it's his nature either...

Posted by: JkR- | December 21, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

For those who think DC United isn't any good any more because we don't send players to the national team or to team camps:

Nick Rimando -- the goalie the team gave up when they anointed Perkins the #1.

Ryan Miller -- the guy DC United gave up on without ever even playing him in an MLS game.

Seriously -- ya gotta wonder when Miller can get an invite to a national team camp less than 2 years after he was waived by DC. When you consider who they kept in his place -- Greg Janicki and even Anthony Peters -- and who they son brought in, like Avery John and Ely Allen... Man ooh man, did DCU miss the boat there.

Posted by: fischy | December 21, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

rainorshine: is this some kind of a joke for a best 11?! Jozy is up top and Pearce should not be near the roster. Spector gets the nod, clearly.

Posted by: inzzo79 | December 21, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with Fischy, our front office blows. I agree Convey should have got a call.

Posted by: grubbsbl | December 21, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

No Lee Nguyen?

I was hoping this roster would be Wynne-Nguyen for everyone.

(ducking)

Posted by: IamAM | December 21, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Rand-al-Thor, TenoriosLaptop, IamAM. The referee has lost control of this blog.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 21, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Convey deserved a call. As I recall, Cervi is a lot like Perkins - can't catch anything high or to either side.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | December 21, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Play on!

Posted by: JkR- | December 21, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Woo Hoo! DC United had a player called up!

Posted by: mbyrd28

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

Pontius was called into the camp last year, injured his hamstring, and then was lost for the year for United. Part of me almost wishes Bradley would have left McCarty at home.

Posted by: hokieunited | December 21, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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