US Roster For T&T Game; Cooper Rejects Call Up

US Roster For T&T Game; Cooper Rejects Call Up

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 13, 2008
  • 8 Comments
  • 2010 World Cup, CONCACAF, Kenny Cooper, Trinidad and Tobago, US National Team, World Cup qualifying

Shortly after the 6-1 win over Cuba on Saturday US National team head coach Bob Bradley named his roster for the US’s next World Cup qualifier.

Goalkeepers: Troy Perkins, Brad Guzan.

Defenders: Jonathan Bornstein, Danny Califf, Frankie Hejduk, Michael Orozco, Heath Pearce, Marvell Wynne.

Midfielders: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, Danny Szetela, Jose Francisco Torres.

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies, Robbie Rogers.

Players that were released include: Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Brian Ching, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu.

The bigger news however isn’t the fact that Bradley called in more players now that the US is through to the final round of qualifying. Its the fact that typically not-called-up striker Kenny Cooper rejected the call-up from Bradley and the National team.

Over at the FCD Blog Cooper released this comment over turning down the call-up:

“I feel so fortunate and honored to have been invited to join up with the U.S. Men’s National team in Trinidad and Tobago. I made the difficult decision to pass on this opportunity because I had picked up a virus and have been playing with a sprained ankle. Considering the importance of my club’s game versus Real Salt Lake this week, and that the National Team has already clinched a berth in the next round of qualifying, I felt it was the right thing to do to stay in Dallas and make sure I get well, and hopefully there will be other opportunities down the line.”

Interesting, all this time that people have complained about him not getting called into camp he actually turns down the chance when he finally does. He takes his club over his country here. Maybe all this time that he hasn’t been called up finally got to him and he decided he just didn’t want to do it right now. I think had the US not clinched a birth into the next round he would have considered it a bit more.

What do you all make of this? Is it bitter-sweet that Cooper finally got called up though he turned it down?

  • Scott

    I applaud Cooper for choosing his club over the National Team at this juncture. FC Dallas is still very much in the playoff hunt, and Cooper's absence certainly jeapordizes their chances. Aside from that, what message should Cooper be getting when he does not receive the call up from Bradley until the US has clinched a berth into the next round? After all, all of the of "A" list players are not being called up, so Cooper can, I feel, rightly see this as a commentary on Bradley's view of his importance and skill.

  • Bob Barker

    Bob Bradley is trying to mess with his confidence. he has every reason to shove back in his face. Bob Bradley has a little too much ego and it's going to effect alot of good 'new' players getting into the squad

  • Jeff

    Bob Bradely's squad has conceded one goal and won all their games in these qualifying rounds. I personally think he's doing a good job. Kenny's an excellent player but sometimes you have to stick with the team that you know has the chemistry and experience on the international level to get the job done. I think Kenny will have plenty of chances to play internationally, but I highly doubt he'll be an integral part of the US team until after this world cup in 2010.

  • Scott

    I applaud Cooper for choosing his club over the National Team at this juncture. FC Dallas is still very much in the playoff hunt, and Cooper’s absence certainly jeapordizes their chances. Aside from that, what message should Cooper be getting when he does not receive the call up from Bradley until the US has clinched a berth into the next round? After all, all of the of “A” list players are not being called up, so Cooper can, I feel, rightly see this as a commentary on Bradley’s view of his importance and skill.

  • Bob Barker

    Bob Bradley is trying to mess with his confidence. he has every reason to shove back in his face. Bob Bradley has a little too much ego and it’s going to effect alot of good ‘new’ players getting into the squad

  • Jeff

    Bob Bradely’s squad has conceded one goal and won all their games in these qualifying rounds. I personally think he’s doing a good job. Kenny’s an excellent player but sometimes you have to stick with the team that you know has the chemistry and experience on the international level to get the job done. I think Kenny will have plenty of chances to play internationally, but I highly doubt he’ll be an integral part of the US team until after this world cup in 2010.

  • karen

    Lovely photo.

  • karen

    Lovely photo.