Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Final 23

Ladies and Gentlemen, your U.S. World Cup Team:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay DeMerit, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein

Midfielders: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, DaMarcus Beasley, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley

My thoughts? I was only incorrect on 2 selections (I had Alejandro Bedoya and Brian Ching over Bornstein and Buddle), but the rest was pretty straight forward. The most shocking omission is that of Brian Ching, a veteran who has been a stalwart in Bradley's USMNT lineups the past few years. It's also clear that Bedoya and Buddle were fighting for the last spot, with Buddle edging out Bedoya. Bornstein making it isn't too surprising, although I predicted he played his way off the roster last night. Findley making it is probably the biggest surprise, even though I predicted it. He didn't play last night, but Bradley clearly views him as the speed complement that we can bring on late in the game to stretch tired defenses. I thought that only one of Gomez or Buddle would make the team, but I'm happy that both made the team. They have worked hard and weren't even on the radar a few short months ago. Now, they're on the plane to South Africa.

We will see the 23-man team one more time in the States, this weekend in Philadelphia for a friendly against Turkey. What do you think about the roster?