Wednesday, May 26, 2010

USMNT WC Roster reveal LIVE (updated)

Bob Bradley is just about to take over The Worldwide Leader to name his 23-man U.S. squad for World Cup 2010. I will relay it along to those of you stuck working juuuuust a moment aft.


UPDATE: Ta-da!

G - Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann (love the shades, dude)

D - Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Spector, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Bornstein

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

F - Josmer Altidore, Herculez Gomez, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley


Only seven defenders, a silly idea you can be sure I'll comment on later. Also shocking, Findley goes over Ching. For the second straight World Cup, my call on the Dynamo forward making the team or not was wrong.




- Greg Seltzer

22 comments:

J said...

7 defenders. 3 are less than 100% healthy. and 1 is abysmal. it's not possible to field a 100% healthy and competent backline. major red flag for me.

Greg Seltzer said...

Preaching to the choir, man. I figured the fourth goal last night would have put the idea that Edu could reasonably fill in back there to bed with a screaming vengeance. I'm baffled and leaking hope.

jon said...

Wow. If Ching wasn't gonna make it, I would have gone with Bedoya. I guess Findley must have really impressed in camp since he's done absolutely nothing in MLS this year and was garbage in the last friendly he played.

Matt said...

Ching must be hurt. He did look insanely slow last night. Even slower than usual. But, Robbie Findley? I kinda feel bad for EJ...

And I really thought we could have used Robbie, I know he's a defensive liability, but I thought he looked really sharp last night.

Alex Larsen said...

Welp it's what we got. Problems or not, I'm gonna support it.

Matthew said...

Am I crazy for hoping we see Goodson in one of the two central D starting spots? I just don't trust Gooch. I know Goodson is inexperienced, but considering the promise he shows I'd rather him out there than 80% of Gooch.

Andy said...

The backline gives me nightmares. I have never heard a convincing argument why Specter can't play left back. I know that isn't his natural position, but he started there pretty often for West Ham in the premier league, and given the other options, why not?

andu said...

Wow... yeah if taking only 7 defenders I was hoping to see Bedoya make it...

strago said...

This ought to be a fun WC. I'm almost not regretting the fact that I didn't empty my savings to go over there. I'll save it for 2014.

What I don't get is why we are bringing so many forwards when Donovan and Dempsey can play up top. I would have thought we would have brought another midfielder or defender to cover. Bob must not be worried about DeMeritt, Boca, or Gooch, but I sure would be.

I guess we can expect:

Boca-Onyewu (If healthy) - DeMeritt-Spector for our backline, after that we're real thin. I swear if Bornstein sees the pitch....

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J said...

@Andy

I keep reading about how Spector was horrible all season, but frankly I saw him play capably plenty of times. He is no worse than Boca if you consider Spector's added mobility to Boca's natural left foot as a wash. He is miles more reliable than Bornstein.

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andrés said...

eply to Strago:

"Boca-Onyewu (If healthy) - DeMeritt-Spector for our backline, after that we're real thin."

How can you forget Cherundolo? Poor Stevie, captain and starter in the Bundesliga, solid and consistent performances for the Nats, and everyone still forgets you.

I agree on Bornstein though. Our whole backline is weak. None of them are complete footballing defenders. But all-in-all, they're good enough to get us out of the first round.

Matt said...

@Greg, et al: Let's say Bornstein or Cherundolo twist a knee or get hurt in the next few weeks. Who do we call in? Are we literally one twisted knee away from having Frankie Hejduk starting at outside back for us? And if not him, than who? Lichaj? Castillo?

This is scary...

D said...

Here's hoping you all can eventually decide to cheer for the team. :)

Matt said...

@D: I think hand-wringing, kvetching and a general sense of impending doom IS part of cheering for the team. It's part of the fun...

D said...

Haha. Definitely Matt, good point.

Things seem to be a bit milder than '06, too, so maybe we'll do a bit better this time around as well. Haha.

Sean Heffernan said...

Unless Gooch has a better game against Turkey I wouldn't mind seeing Goodson starting.

TrueCrew said...

Greg, why is taking 7 defenders a silly idea.

We only have 6 who are any good (Bornstein sucks), and not a lot of proven players to chose from backing them up (Marshall) or an aging vet (Hejduk).

We haven't used the 8th defender recently, and all sorts of top teams only take 7.

Heck, I can't honestly say I prefer Bornstein to Beasley at LB. DMB made more good defensive plays last night than Bornstein and Pearce combined, and he was playing LM to boot, and only a half.

Matt said...

@TrueCrew: Didn't the qualifying cycle prove to us that the DMB at left back theory didn't work? If I recall, he got absolutely skinned by El Salvador. I shutter to think what a team with world-class wingers would do to him. Aaron Lennon vs. DaMarcus Beasley would not be pretty, IMHO...

jon said...

@Matt - DMB played LB against T&T and against Costa Rica. He did well against T&T, likely because they have no wide presence, but he got lit up in the Costa Rica loss (but he wasn't the only one). Anyway, I agree that he isn't the answer at LB...especially against speedy wingers.

Lance said...

Man, Bradley loves his holding midfielders. I know MBradley is more of a box to box/attacking sort, but can play there if needed. No way I take Ricardo "Rojo" Clark.