- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 30, 2008
- 2 Comments
After the “slap in the face” by England this past week, the US men’s national team must shift focus now to another world-class friendly across the pond. This time they travel down to Spain.
Head coach Bob Bradley has named his roster for the friendly with a couple surprises:
GOALKEEPERS– Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC) ]
DEFENDERS– Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS– Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
FORWARDS– Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (out of contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Josh Wolff (out of contract)
The big thing will be if Landon Donovan can go this time around. He wasn’t able to make it in for the England friendly and his play was surely missed in the midfield and in the attack. If he is able to go he will not only get his 100th career cap but should also help out a US attack that looked lost against England.
Pablo Mastroeni and Danny Califf were the new names on the Spain roster, with all 17 European-based players who played against England also being recalled.
I am sort of hoping to not see some of the same starts in this game. Defensively I thought the US were alright against England, it was the midfield that had little shape and more importantly little possession. I think we shouldn’t see Ricardo Clark start this time around, the same goes for Josh Wolff. Neither really impressed me against England. I would throw Eddie Johnson’s name in there but you know he will still start no matter what, even if his last performance was good considering his expectations are so low these days. Most people like myself are just waiting for him to meet those expectations.
What do you make of this roster? Would you have liked to see some more MLS players or can you hold out until the Argentina game for that?