Squad Named For USA World Cup Qualifiers Against Cuba And Trinidad

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Squad Named For USA World Cup Qualifiers Against Cuba And Trinidad

On September 6th, the USA national soccer team will head to Cuba in a World Cup qualifying match.  Four days after that, they will head to Trinidad in another qualifier.  The last qualifying match the USA played was a 1-0 victory over Guatemala. 

For this match, many American players fresh off the Olympic tour are part of the squad.

Here are the twenty players that head coach Brad Bradley signed up.

GK: 

Tim Howard - Everton, England

Brad Guzan - Aston Villa, England

Brad Guzan recently made a transfer to Aston Villa after a successful stay with Chivas USA.  He is hoping to do well for the national team.

DEF:

Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes, France

Danny Califf - FC Midtjylland, Denmark

Steve Cherundolo - Hannover 96, Germany

Frankie Hejduk - Columbus Crew, USA

Oguchi Onyewu -  Standard de Liege, Belgium 

Michael Orozco - San Luis, Mexico

Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock, Germany

Marvell Wynne - Toronto FC, Canada

The backline is made up of mostly veterans.  Michael Orozco could earn his first national cap.  He was named to the Best XI of the 2008 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying All-Tournament Team.  Marvell Wynne was part of the Olympic squad, this will be his second national cap.  Steve Cherundolo will be unable to play against Cuba because he was sent off in the match against Guatemala and must serve a one-game suspension.

MID:

DaMarcus Beasley - Glasgow Rangers - Scotland

Michael Bradley - SC Heerenveen, Holland

Ricardo Clark - Houston Dynamo, USA

Maurice Edu - Glasgow Rangers - Scotland

Sacha Kljestan - Chivas USA, USA

Eddie Lewis - LA Galaxy, USA

It's been a big few weeks for Edu who just joined the Rangers and could play in the derby against Celtic.  Eddie Lewis recently joined the Galaxy and is hoping to make a big impact.

FW:

Brian Ching -Houston Dynamo, USA

Clint Dempsey - Fulham FC, England

Landon Donovan - LA Galaxy, USA

Eddie Johnson - Cardiff City, Wales

Donovan and Ching are the two MLS-based forwards who will be joining Dempsey and Johnson to form the USA's front.

 

Pablo Mastroeni, who started against Guatemala, is nursing a hamstring injury, and Jay DeMerit of Watford were the two changes from Bradley's roster against Guatemala.

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