Posted by: mdegeorge | May 25, 2010

In the mind of Bob Bradley: the Team USA roster unveiled

Bob Bradley will announce his final 23-man Team USA roster for the 2010 World Cup in just under 14 hours. But if you don’t want to wait, we’ll give break the news (and some creative revisions) right here.

[picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=bob+bradley&iid=8848675″ src=”1/8/3/8/File_photo_of_e912.jpg?adImageId=12989079&imageId=8848675″ width=”500″ height=”412″ /]

First, let me say this declaration by Bradley is a little premature. With the number of injury questions in defense and available options in midfield, this decision could use another few days and one more friendly of deliberation (though the final roster doesn’t have to be submitted until June 1 and changes can be made if there is an injury.)

But since he insists on the announcement tomorrow, here are the 23 names he will unveil in a star-spangled SportsCenter tomorrow afternoon, and the names I would include from my considerably less grandiosely furnished apartment.

Goalkeepers

BB: Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan

SD: Howard, Hahnemann, Guzan

No arguments here, they’re the only three in camp. Hahnemann is the number two, especially after an unimpressive performance by Guzan against the Czech Republic tonight. I hope Bradley feels the same way.

Defenders

BB: Oguchi Oneywu, Carlos Bocanegra (C), Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Bornstein, Clarence Goodson, Heath Pearce

SD: Oneywu, Bocanegra, DeMerit, Spector, Cherundolo, Bornstein, GoodsonWith the injuries, Bradley will err on the side of caution with four central defenders and four wingers. For me, the versatility of DeMerit and Bocanegra—plus the fact that Maruice Edu can play in central defense, though that point is up for debate after his performance tonight—means they have four of each. Pearce’s spot could be better served for an attacking option. Goodson, who did as much to help his case as anyone else tonight, is valuable offensively in set-piece situations and is a capable defender, and is a much more stable choice than the oft-injured Chad Marshall.

Midfielders

BB: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Maruice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, DaMarcus Beasley

SD: Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Clark, Edu, Feilhaber, Holden, Robbie Rogers, Sasha Klejstan

I’m using Pearce’s roster spot to add another option to the midfield. The six common choices are beyond question, especially after Holden came through 90 minutes against the Czechs. Bradley is looking at four central midfielders and four wingers; I’m looking at the same plus Klejstan who can do both.

Bradley seems to have a somewhat inexplicable attraction for Beasley, but he hasn’t impressed me and is just good for a lot of drifting out wide. Rogers has to be included in this squad or I will cry; he brings a lot more energy and purpose than Beasley. Klejstan is a wild card—though I suspect if Bradley was given the opportunity, he would pick Alejandro Bedoya in this position. I’m just not enamored with Jose Francisco Torres, and I think Bedoya is too young.

Forwards

BB: Brian Ching, Jozy Altidore, Herculez Gomez, Eddie Johnson

SD: Ching, Altidore, Gomez, Johnson

Edson Buddle just didn’t do enough in his half, and certainly not more than Gomez. Had Buddle done anything, it might have been a question between him and Johnson, but Johnson gets the benefit of the doubt from experience, though he probably is fourth on the depth chart. Robbie Findley was never really in the picture.

My starting XI (health assumed)

Howard

Bornstein Oneywu Bocanegra Cherundolo

Donovan Clark Bradley Dempsey

Gomez Altidore

Bench (in order of depth)

Hahnemann, Guzan

Spector for full backs, DeMerit and Goodson in central defense

Edu, Feilhaber, Holden, Klejstan in center; Holden, Rogers, Klejstan on wings

Ching, Johnson

Advertisements

Responses

  1. Hehe am I really the first reply to your great post!

  2. If only more people could hear about this!

  3. Haha am I really the only comment to this great writing?!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: