Thoughts on Copa America Roster

Thoughts on Copa America Roster

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 22, 2007

Well after a long delay, Bob Bradley released his Copa America rosters today. I will paste below the rosters and then give my impressions. Feel free to do the same.

GKs: Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kasey Keller (Moenchengladbach).

Ds: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Dan Califf (Aalborg), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Drew Moor (Dallas), Heath Pearce (Nordsjślland), Marvell Wynne (Toronto).

MFs: Kyle Beckerman (Colorado), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburg), Eddie Gaven (Columbus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven), Ben Olsen (D.C. United).

Fs: Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Herculez Gomez (Colorado), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City), Taylor Twellman (New England).

First off, good to see some fresh faces in this lineup. Marvell Wynne being one of them in my mind. I feel he has played his way into camp and I am happy to see him on the roster. It is a very different roster than the Gold Cup, mostly because ther eis no Landon Donovan, which in all reality is a good thing I think on Bob Bradley’s part and it probably helped Landon make up his mind a bit easier.

The forwards are a unique mix. I have always been a fan of Charlie Davies so it will be good to see him in there along with the usual Eddie Johnson and Taylor Twellman. Nice call up for Herculez Gomez as well, I think that is just what he needs at this point in his season with the Rapids.

Another name I am happy to see is Drew Moor from Dallas. Got to spread love to the Hoops when I can and this is just the case. I guess this will give me an extra reason to pay attention to Copa America.

First thoughts on the MLS impact of this. Kansas City will be hurting the most I think losing Conrad and Johnson for another few weeks. After that I think Chivas takes a hit with Guzan and Bornstein out. And third would probably be DC with Ben Olsen and his leadership gone (which is a good thing to have on the national club side, Olsen brings a great deal of leadership and experience).

I think this is a good mix of players that Bradley picked. Very wise to get a lot of fresh faces a chance at playing in such a high level tournament against some very good competition. Just looking at Argentina’s roster makes me shake my head at the amount of talent they have at certain positions.

I doubt the US will contend in Copa America but I do think it will be a good tournament for the US as far as experience goes. Which in a few years will count a lot more when you have young guys like Charlie Davies who know how to play against some of the world’s best.