Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Squad is Set

With just a little more than two weeks to go before the 2010 World Cup gets underway, twenty-three men have been picked to represent the United States on the world's biggest stage. Coach Bob Bradley narrowed down the roster from 30 on Wednesday afternoon, and his selections included two men whose chances to make the squad looked impossible at the beginning of the year.

One of those men is forward Edson Buddle, the Los Angeles Galaxy forward who has been tearing up MLS this season. The other, forward Herculez Gomez, is an even more unlikely selection because he was cut by an MLS team last season. Not even good enough to be in the MLS, but good enough to be in the World Cup? Quite the story, but Gomez definitely earned it after his play in Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic.

The game on Tuesday night was one of the final tune-ups for the Americans before they head over to South Africa, and for the most part Bradley knew who he was taking with him. Gomez may have been the one guy that truly earned a spot in that game, however. The other big question mark was defender Oguchi Onyewu, as he is just coming off of an injury suffered months ago against Costa Rica. But he, along with Gomez and Buddle, made the cut, and here's your final 23-man roster:

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), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).

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).

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

Not a lot of guys from the MLS in that roster, which I guess can be both a good and a bad thing. Those not making the cut were as follows: defenders Chad Marshall and Heath Pearce; midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers; and forwards Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson.


Tony Brown said...

I'll go on record saying Buddle, Gomez, and Findley will do nothing of value, (secretly hoping that I'll eat my words) but that is expected of the last players on a 23 team roster.
With the final choices I stick by my idea that a 4-5-1 will work best for the US.

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