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USA announces roster for World Cup qualifying


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Here is the roster for the U.S. national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Barbados:

Goalkeepers– Tim Howard (Everton FC), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Dominic Cervi (out of contract),

Defenders– Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)

Midfielders– Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Eddie Lewis (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)

Forwards– Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)

Here’s a closer look at the group:

So who is missing? Jozy Altidore, Kenny Cooper, Ricardo Clark and Robbie Rogers are some of the players whose absences will draw reactions. Altidore is recovering from an ankle injury and going through the process of his transfer to Villarreal so his absence isn’t a surprise. As for Cooper, Bob Bradley stated very clearly last week that Cooper is on the radar but is still working his way into a position to be chosen.

Clark is a victim of his poor performances against Mexico and England, as well as Pablo Mastroeni’s impressive performance against Argentina. Michael Bradley, Pablo Mastroeni and Maurice Edu get the call in those deeper midfield roles.

Brian Ching is back in the fold and I have a feeling he will get the start on Sunday ahead of Johnson, who has been just plain disappointing in recent national team matches.

The United States plays host to Barbados at Home Depot Center on Sunday (5pm, ESPN2) in the first leg of their home-and-home World Cup Qualifying match.

What do you think of the roster? Share your thoughts below.


  1. Wow. everyone is so cocky about USA beating barbados. the last time we played them it was a 2 leg game and we beat the by an aggregate of 11-0(4-0)(7-0).that was 6 years ago though should be a good game.Also Jozy DID get a callup for world cup qualifying, just not for this game. he needs to be in ONE starting line up for WC qualifying at least. Him and Adu have never been in the same lineup for the senior national team. To be honest its disappointing and annoying that Bradley cant see that Altidore is ready to be a starting U.S. forward.

  2. Here’s my lineup. No need for our usual one guy up top and two defensive middies. Bradley sits and observes Mastroeni. Dempsey looks pooped so he’s a second half sub. Yes, I know EJ sucks, but he’s actually been playing somewhat better of late. However if Mr. Excitement doesn’t score by halftime or at the very least show improved effort, then he gets benched (or better yet, left off the roster) until further notice.







  3. Gil- >.< EJ has the experience and is capable of putting goals against them… which is the ONLY purpose of this roster… they all have experience…. as someone else pointed out, its not worth the risk in the 1st leg to send out a bunch of young inexperienced players and watch something dumb happen like a youthful reckless foul in the box….

    this squad will get the job done in the 1st leg to open up the roster for the 2nd leg…simple


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