American Squad Announced For Face Off With Brazil
U. S. head coach Bob Bradley named 18 players on the roster to face Brazil on August 10.
The squad included 14 players who had played in the World Cup this past summer in South Africa.
The four newcomers to the squad were Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Chad Marshall, and Jermaine Jones.
Bedoya, Kljestan, and Marshall all barely missed out on the World Cup, as they were fringe players. Bedoya is used to playing on the left wing.
Kljestan recently made a move to Belgian club Anderlecht.
Jermaine Jones missed out on the World Cup due to injury. Originally, Jones intended to play for Germany, and he did play three friendly matches with the German national team. However, he decided to switch his allegiance to the American team in August of 2009, before being hit by injury.
Two glaring omissions are Oguchi Onyewu and Jozy Altidore.
Onyewu, who plays for AC Milan, has had a struggle trying to collect minutes for his club, and probably asked Bradley to skip this one so that he could focus on his club.
Altidore's omission was probably due to the recent transfer news surrounding him, which seem to show that a move to Turkish club Besiktas is pending.
The squad also had no room for the sensational Charlie Davies, who suffered multiple injuries in a car accident late in 2009. Davies is back playing for his club Sochaux, but he is still not back to full fitness.
U.S. MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (6) : Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3) : Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca)
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