- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 11, 2010
- 8 Comments
- 2010 World Cup, Bob Bradley, World Cup 2010, World Cup Roster
Time for the debate to start. US Men’s National team manager Bob Bradley has released his provisional World Cup roster today. The 30-man roster will head to camp in Princeton, New Jersey later this month to train for the upcoming “Send-Off Series” against Turkey and the Czech Republic, as well as getting ready for the Australia game in South Africa before the start of the World Cup next month.
Below is the roster with some comments about each section. Feel free to leave your comments below.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnamann, and Brad Guzan
Thoughts: No argument here, it was really the only section of this roster that probably everyone agreed on and knew would happen.
Defense: Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein, Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall
Thoughts: Some shocks here with Marshall and maybe even Pearce to some. Really for me this group is pretty solid as long as Onyewu comes back healthy. Overall I’m pretty pleased with this group. I think the only two that really have a small chance are Marshall and Pearce but I’m holding out hope that Pearce does make it in the end.
Midfielders: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, Alejandro Bedoya, DaMarcus Beasley, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers
Thoughts: For starters seeing Kljestan and Rogers will spark some haters right away but remember this is a camp roster and it will get cut to 23 before long. I don’t expect to see Rogers or Kljestan in South Africa. Other than those two really this group is about what I expected when I discussed this a couple weeks ago.
No Freddy Adu in this group which really shouldn’t be a total shock. I don’t see him as a Bradley kind of guy right now anyways. He’s playing well in Greece but that kind of thing only goes so far for him. The only way I see him in a national team kit anytime in the next year is if Bradley isn’t the coach.
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Brian Ching, Edson Buddle, Eddie Johnson, Herculez Gomez, and Robbie Findley
Thoughts: Yes there is no Charlie Davies which really sparked a lot of comments today. Honestly I’m not shocked at all here about this. Yes we wanted to see him play and get to the World Cup but at the same time his health and recovery here is what is more important. I still think he’ll be with the club in South Africa but just in a non-playing role.
After that seeing Findley and Johnson will turns some heads. It shows the lack of real depth that we have at this position. Johnson may be the hottest of the three right now as Findley is still trying to find his form.
Ching will also spark some comments but as long as he’s health I’d take him over Findley or Johnson. But good on Bradley to include Gomez and Buddle. It was going to be too hard to ignore what both have done this year to not include them. I fully expect at least one of those two if not both in South Africa.
If I had to pick seven that won’t make it right now they would be: Findley, Kljestan, Rogers, Beasley, Marshall, Johnson, and Pearce. Just a thought but the camp may change things.