Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The USMNT Preliminary 30-Man World Cup Roster

Today, USMNT coach Bob Bradley announced the 30 men that were selected to the preliminary World Cup roster. There were some surprise additions and some surprise omissions. First, the roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

First thought: No Charlie Davies. Davies has made an incredible comeback so far from his extensive injuries sustained during his car accident back in October. He has fought hard to get back...unfortunately he just ran out of time. As much as I and many other fans wanted to see him in the camp to be able to prove his fitness, I understand leaving him off. It's devastating for him, but he is our future just as much as he is our present. He will be back, stronger than ever, I'm sure of it.

Surprise additions: Rogers, Marshall, Kljestan. Rogers has not been good for club or country over the past year. It was quite a surprise for me to see him on the roster. Marshall has had terrible form lately also. Kljestan had a bad spell of play, but has turned it around so far this season for Chivas USA...still I found his addition mildly surprising.

Forward situation: With no Davies, most were wondering which of the hot strikers in the U.S. player pool would be called up. Edson Buddle has been on fire so far in MLS with 9 goals in 8 games, leading the league. Herculez Gomez tied for first in the Mexican Primera in goals with 10 in the season for Puebla. Also, Eddie Johnson has been tearing up the Greek League as of late, with 3 goals in as many games for Aris. Bob Bradley called up all 3, so we shall see which of those guys will join Jozy Altidore up front.

Other than that, not a whole lot of surprises. Our main stars will be there, and it will be interesting to see who our 23 World Cup players will be. For now, our 30 will take it to Princeton, New Jersey next week for training camp and with only 2 send-off matches before Bradley has to name his 23, it's now time for those 30 to show and prove.