Friday, May 16, 2008

USA Initial Roster For England-Spain-Argentina Series

The USA has released an initial training roster for the upcoming series of friendlies in preparation for World Cup qualifying (see schedule below). 33 players in all. I don't know if all of these players will be training for every game or not. But they will pare this list down for game day rosters.

G:
Dominic Cervi - no team
Brad Guzan - Chivas USA
Tim Howard - Everton
Troy Perkins - Valerenga
Chris Seitz - Real Salt Lake
D:
Carlos Bocanegra - Fulham
Dan Califf - Midtjylland
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover
Jay DeMerit - Watford
Frankie Hejduk - Columbus Crew
Oguchi Onyewu - Standard de Liege
Michael Orozco - San Luis
Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock
Jonathan Spector - West Ham
M:
Freddy Adu - Benfica
DaMarcus Beasley - Glasgow Rangers
Michael Bradley - Heerenveen
Ricardo Clark - Houston Dynamo
Maurice Edu - Toronto
Benny Feilhaber - Derby County
Eddie Gaven - Columbus Crew
Sacha Kljestan - Chivas USA
Eddie Lewis - Derby County
Pablo Mastroeni - Colorado Rapids
F:
Jozy Altidore - New York Red Bulls
Brian Ching - Houston Dynamo
Kenny Cooper - Dallas
Clint Dempsey - Fulham
Landon Donovan - Los Angeles Galaxy
Nate Jaqua - Rheindorf Altach
Eddie Johnson - Fulham
Robbie Rogers - Columbus Crew
Josh Wolff - 1860 Munich

Read the press release here.

Who was missed?
Who shouldn't be here?
Any pleasant surprises?

Matches:
-Wed May 28
England v USA - at Wembley Stadium in London
-Wed Jun 4
Spain v USA - at Estadio El Sardinero in Santander
-Sun Jun 8
USA v Argentina - at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
-Sun Jun 15
USA v Barbados - at Home Depot Center in Carson, California
-Jun ?
Barbados v USA - details TBD

15 Comments:

Blogger erik said...

We have more than capable replacements for aging veterans Eddie Lewis and Pablo Mastroeni. These friendlies should be an opportunity to give the "kids" a chance before the WC qualifiers, instead of continuing to look at players past their prime. However, I do love the continued inclusion of Freddy Adu as he seems to have really matured to the point where he can have an impact on the senior team. I hope Orozco stays on the final roster too, he is promising.

10:38 AM  
Blogger brucio said...

i completely agree with you erik

but a different thought could be that bradley brings them in for senior veteran leadership? especially in training, and in the lockerroom?

10:52 AM  
Blogger c_eliott_j said...

I think instead of veteran Josh Wolff I would of rather seen Gabriel Ferrari named to the squad. Not sure why he is so overlooked when it comes to the National Team but I hope he makes the step up soon. Also, I am glad to see Dominic Cervi at least in the lineup, I was excited to hear about his trial at Celtic and hope he was able to impress.

11:47 AM  
OpenID curiousjameson said...

the inclusion of pablo and eddie are defintely for that reason of senior leadership. its an incredibly young squad (heck, even Landon is still only in his mid-20's) and to have seasoned vets like pablo and eddie to come in for training and for those huge games is vitally important.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Brian Mullan would be given an oppotunity.

That fellow runs all day, and challenges every ball.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jon Reardon said...

I'm a little surprised to see Jaqua... I understand the value of bringing a few guys like Lewis/Mastro/Wolff as steadying presences, but in my book, Jaqua has about a 0% chance of being effective at the international level...

Granted, he's currently sitting around unemployed, and other attacking options like Rolfe, Twellman, Noonan, and Charlie Davies are all mid-season, but I'd still rather see one of them get a look than friggin' Nate Jaqua...

Or what about Findlay? Zimmerman? Jeremiah White? Nguyen?

All these other guys have some limitations, but still...

4:14 PM  
Blogger Jon Reardon said...

And on a different note, I really hope we're doing everything we can to get Neven Subotic in a USA kit at some point... these friendlies may not be the right time, but I hope it's soon, before Bosnia gets their paws on him...

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

World Cup qualifiers start next month. Giving younger players experience is one good purpose for the upcoming exhibitions, but knowing whether veterans can still contribute is important too. There are three exhibitions in the next few weeks to allow the coaches to see everyone as well as the U -23 team playing in a tournament later this month (I believe Ferrari is playing in it). Lewis played well against Poland. With Beasley, Convey and Bornstein recovering from injuries, Lewis is needed on the team to cover the left mid position. Bringing Mastroeni in makes sense because you need to know if he can help during World Cup qualifiers in August and September if Edu, Bradley, and other young midfielders are in China for the Olympics. This coaching staff knows what it is doing.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Arelcao Akleos said...

There are more than a few warning signs here as to what BB is doing. For example, not to include Beckerman, who is developing quickly into a first class midfielder, is very troublesome. He is simply today a much better player than Mastroeni or Clark. Where is Parkhurst or Holden? As for Eddie Lewis, Brian Ching, Josh Wolff, what a complete waste of space.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Arelcao Akleos said...

As for "anonymous"'s claim that this coaching staff knows what it is doing, well, gee, no doubt they know what they are doing. The question which will be answered is if what they are knowingly doing is good enough to optimize [in a reasonable sense] the chances for the USA in the runup and in the 2010 WC

5:38 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'm not sure why US Soccer lists Califf as with FC Midtjylland... Aalborg haven't even finished their season yet.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In addition to Mullan, I'd also like to see Parkhurst, Beckerman, and Holden, as Arelcao Akleos recommends.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Reepicheep said...

I don't see a defender listed who is any better than Jimmy Conrad.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pool looks pretty good- let's hope that we play with some verve.

DeMerit but no Parkhurst!
What happened to Conrad?
Gaven but no Beckerman/Holden?
Jaqua- I know he's unemplyed but come on!
Ching?!...what is he needed for- Dempsey & Jozy have size w/ skill to boot!
Good for Rogers!

Wolff, Mastroeni & Lewis deserve a nice farewell on a big stage- let's hope this is it.

BTW- I still can't believe how DC United got rid of Gomez so 'unceremoniusly'. Gallardo isn't even worth twice as much!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce et al,
Sorry about the sloppy spelling.
Cheers

11:07 AM  

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