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Added May 29th, 2010 by Steve

America ready to take on the World… in Soccer
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American manager Bob Bradley announced his final World Cup roster live on television on May 27, well in advance of the June 1 deadline that FIFA imposed. The squad was announced just a day after the U.S. was humbled at home 4-2 by non-World Cup team the Czech Republic. The final roster meant that seven players had to be cut loose from Bradley’s original squad of 30. The Americans will now have plenty of time to prepare as a team for their opening Group C game on June 12 against England. Their other games are against Algeria, and Slovenia. They’re favoured to come in second in the group and expekt.com lists them at 80/1 odds to win the Cup.

The team has quite a bit of experienced talent to choose from these days as many of the players are earning pay cheques in Europe. However, there were a couple of surprises in Bradley’s choices, such as Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle. The veteran players who were expected to make it did, and this group includes Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, DaMarcus Beasley, and Cherundolo. It will be the third World Cups for Beasley, Donovan, and Cherundolo.

As with most teams, there’s a backup player at each position and the Americans will be taking three goalkeepers with them. However, one player who won’t be making the trip to South Africa is Charlie Davies, who was involved in a near-fatal auto accident a few months ago. Davies hasn’t recovered well enough to play in the tournament. A few surprise cuts from the 30-man squad include Eddie Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, and Brian Ching.

Bradley said he thinks the chemistry in the squad is good as there’s a balance of experienced players and new ones. The 23-man squad looks pretty strong and if they play up to their potential, the Americans could cause some trouble along the way for some of the tournament favourites. They’re not ranked 14th in the world by FIFA for nothing.

It will be especially interesting to see who Bradley starts in goal against England as all three keepers, Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), and Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves) play in the English Premier League. Fans of the English league will also be familiar with quite a few other players who play their football in England.

2010 USA World Cup Team

Goalkeepers:

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England)
Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England)
Tim Howard (Everton, England)

Defenders:

Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France)
Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany)
Jay DeMerit (Watford, England)
Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway)
Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy)
Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England)

Midfielders:

DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany)
Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles)
Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus, Denmark)
Stuart Holden (Bolton, England)
Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico)

Forwards:

Jozy Altidore (Hull, England)
Edson Buddle (Los Angeles)
Robbie Findley (Salt Lake)
Herculez Gomez (Puebla, Mexico)

 
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One Response to “America ready to take on the World… in Soccer”

  1. Ian says:

    The World Cup is the only sporting even that matters! I can’t wait!!!The beautiful game…

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