U.S. men’s national team coach Bob Bradley has named a 23-man roster ahead of the team’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Cuba.
Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore, Monaco midfielder Freddy Adu and Brescia midfielder Danny Szetela are among several young players called by by Bradley for the game against Cuba, set for Saturday, Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium (ESPN Classic, Galavision).
Perhaps the biggest news in this roster call-up is the inclusion of Pachuca midfielder Jose Francisco Torres, who is eligible to play for Mexico and the United States, but looks ready to commit to the United States.
Here is the full squad:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 6/5 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 17/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 11/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 5/0
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 1/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 19/4), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach: 5/2), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 3/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 0/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 0/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 9/4), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0) Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 11/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 24/8)
What do you think of the roster? Like seeing so many young players? Happy to see Torres called up? Even happier to see Eddie Johnson left off? Surprised to see Kenny Cooper missing again? Anxious to see if Altidore and Adu will see major minutes against the Cubans?
I will offer a closer look at this roster later on today. For now. share your thoughts on the roster below.