USA announce Gold Cup roster

GOALKEEPERS – Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (Valarenga), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)

DEFENDERS – Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)

MIDFIELDERS – Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS – Freddy Adu (Benfica), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)


I’ll spare you the extensive commentary, but am I the only one who thinks there are a few head-scratchers in there?  When Jay Heaps is your second-choice B-teamer, maybe it’s time to start looking to the future and give a younger prospect a look.  I simply can’t wrap my mind around the concept that we might ever rely on someone like that in a meaningful international match.  I’d take a out-of-position, beach-soccer fit John O’Brien over Jay Heaps (OK–I might be taking this a little too far…).

USA vs. Cuba, 23-man roster announced (10/11/08)

The USA announced their roster for the Cuba match, to be played at RFK Stadium on 10/11/08.  With advancement to the next round close to a sure thing, Bradley has taken a few more risks (well…I’d be happy to debate anyone on how “risky” they actually are) and called in some younger players.  I, for one, am most surprised by the inclusion of Jose Francisco Torres.  He’s eligable for both USA and Mexico, and his participation is good news for us.  Good news #2: no EJ!  Come back when you find your form, my friend.

The big, glaring omission is Kenny Cooper.  But let’s not forget–MLS is stupid (at least when it comes to schedules conflicting with international dates).  FC Dallas is still alive in the playoff race and they’re set to play Toronto on the same night as the qualifier.  Could be wrong, but this may have something to do with it.

More commentary to come…

GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF)

DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland)

MIDFIELDERS: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Freddy Adu (Monaco), Danny Szetela (Brescia), Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS: Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Charlie Davies (Hammarby)