Wednesday, May 26, 2010

USMNT World Cup Roster Announced

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Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England).

OPINION: No surprises here. We all knew this was set.

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).

OPINION: Onyewu looked shaky against the Czech Republic last night. Would had liked to see Chad Marshall make the cut for two reasons: 1) Another big body in the back as insurance for Onyewu and, 2) Because the Quakes play Columbus next week.

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus, Denmark), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico).

OPINION: Wasn't surprised by any of these selections. Keep an eye on how coach Bob Bradley decides to use Dempsey - does he slide Demps up to forward or keep him in the midfield? I'm a big fan of the attack-minded José Torres and Stuey. Donovan-Bradley-Dempsey with locks on starting spots. Who wins the last central midfield spot, Edu or Clark?

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla, Mexico).

OPINION: It's nice to see a pair of MLS faces here. Might have liked an extra defender (See: Chad Marshall) over Findley, but perhaps this suggests that we won't see Dempsey at forward. Why take the fourth forward if Dempsey is going to move up front? On the positive side, Findley is a guy who can come off the bench late and provide a spark with his pace. Gomez and Buddle have each had quite a run just to be considered. Neither was on the USMNT radar until recently. After Gomez scored last night, you knew he had to be on the roster. The big question is: Who pairs best with Jozy?

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment!


  1. I have to agree on taking gooch. Marshall may not be the answer, but I don't see how gooch is going to be able to perform at the level needed.

  2. I have to agree on taking gooch. thanks for share.