Thursday, May 13, 2010

America's 30-Man World Cup Roster

The dream of playing in the 2010 World Cup for America is one step closer to becoming real for thirty of our nation's greatest footballers, although the roster will need to be trimmed down to 23 by June 1st. All the main stalwarts are there of course - Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, etc... and overall it's not a bad looking sqaud.

There are a few pleasant surprises such as Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy, but there are also a few notable names not on the roster such as Freddy Adu and Charlie Davies. It's a real unfortunate case whereas Davies is concerned, as he has been one of America's best players leading up to the World Cup. But a car accident last October left him with broken bones all over the body - his face, his elbow, his fibula - and he was originally forecast to be out for one full year. But he recovered quicker than expected, although still likely wouldn't have had medical clearance to take the field this summer. The 30-man roster is as follows:

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

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

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), 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), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles), Brian Ching (Houston), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla, Mexico), Eddie Johnson (Aris, Greece).

The World Cup is now just one month away, but the U.S. does have a few friendlies up until then to determine the final roster. Big Dunc has his thoughts on what the 23-man roster should look like, so be sure to check that out. Also, we'll add the upcoming schedule for the U.S. to our sidebar so that you'll know when the next time you can catch them will be.

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