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USA announces 30-man provisional World Cup roster

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Charlie Davies' quest to make the U.S. World Cup team appears over, but the dream is alive for 30 others.

Davies was not named to the U.S. team's 30-man provisional World Cup roster. Herculez Gomez and Edson Buddle did make the list, as did Eddie Johnson.

U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley stated that Davies was in consideration right up until Monday, and that club team Sochaux had yet to fully clear him, which played a part in the decision to leave Davies off the squad.

"He hadn't been given full medical clearance and therefore was not given a full release to join the camp," U.S. head coach Bob Bradley said of Davies. "So when we put that together with everything we just felt that right now it's in his best interests to continue his rehab so that he can continue to get back to the level he was playing last year before the accident.

Here it the 30-player provisional roster:

USA's 30-man Provisional World Cup Roster

Goalkeepers– Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan

Defenders– Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Jonathan Bornstein, Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall

Midfielders– Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, Alejandro Bedoya, DaMarcus Beasley, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers

Forwards– Jozy Altidore, Robbie Findley, Brian Ching, Edson Buddle, Eddie Johnson, Herculez Gomez

The following players did not make the squad: Freddy Adu, Conor Casey, Frankie Hejduk, Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Jimmy Conrad.

The U.S. team will convene in Princeton, New Jersey next week for its pre-World Cup training camp. The final 23-man roster must be submitted by June 1st.

What do you think of this squad? Share your thoughts below.


  1. Goalkeepers- Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Guzan

    Defenders- Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Steve Cherundolo, Jonathan Spector, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Heath Pearce

    Midfielders- Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Stuart Holden, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, Alejandro Bedoya, DaMarcus Beasley

    Forwards- Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, Herculez Gomez

  2. Davies should have been selected, how else is Coach Bradley going to know if he’s ready to play or not?

    What better way is there to see if Davies is fit enough to play in the WC than practising with the other 29 players in the 30 man roster.

    7 players from this 30 man roster will be staying home…if he’s not good to go, then he stays home…simple, right!

    Davies is so valuable to this team that I think you have to save a slot for him.

    We need a proven goal scorer at the international level and he’s it.

    If there is an injury in training camp, could he be called in, or is it too late????

  3. My 7 should be dropped:

    A MUST – Kljestan, Rogers and Bornstein. But knowing Mr. favoritism, Bradley won’t drop his favorite (Second) son Bornstein. He thinks he’s obligated to keep hoim in there!!!! And GOD HELP US if he ever puts him in any of the games.

    Other 4 – Marshall, Pearce, Beasley, Johnson and Ching (instead of Bornstein), also because I don’t think Ching will be fit/Healthy enough to make it.

  4. Good to see an in form Rogers make the squad. The team needs th speed and he has shown he can make an impact as a late minute sub which I supect the USA will need at World Cup. I thought that was a studious choice.

    I like Findley but the he has struggled in the National Team games he played in. I would have given the spot to Adu.

  5. This simply not true. Davies hasn’t even been clear to train fullspeed, whereas Onyewu was eligible to make the squad for Milan last weekend. I wish Davies and Gooch were at the same level — both 100 percent healthy with a full year of competition behind them — but that’s not the case.
    Davies is not ready. It’s a shame, but he’s not ready.

  6. Good point, no question the USMNT talent pool is still very very shallow.

    We can argue about who is where in the 20-40 depth range, but certainly the top 15 are pretty self-evident.

  7. I’m not even mad about Davies. I’d rather him sit this one out and be ready for the next WC. I would have loved him to bring his game to the world stage but as a person I’d rather have him at 100% playing for his club and then bring him back into the USMNT than to have him go to the WC and get hurt or lose the confidence he has gained since the accident and not be able to play for anyone.

  8. One of the two is fine, and probably makes sense. But bringing both would be stupidity. I may have to consult my carrier regarding provisions for head explosion.

  9. Umm, folks on this board are crazy.

    1. If Davies’ club team hasn’t cleared him to play, then what choice did BB have. I’d rather have Edson or Herculez at 100% than Davies at 75%. No brainer
    2. Klestjan and Rogers are unlikely to make the final 23. They are, however, as close in style (if not quality) to the typical, direct playing English midfielder as we have, so they could be quite useful in camp.
    3. I am mystified by people who are upset about Bornstein. Really, where are our better options? The other possible left backs–Boca and Spector–are both there. Both are slow. Our pool is weak at LB. Such is the case for most of the teams in the WC (outside the heavy hitters)
    4. I am really mystified by the level of vitriol directed at any of these guys in general. How office working, rec soccer playing, beer drinking couch potatoes like most of the folks on this board feel fine to call people “awful” and “disgraceful” etc is totally beyond me. Look in the mirror sometime before you start casting stones.

    I can live with this roster. All the guys that are likely to play significant minutes are there.

  10. Not just to pick on Torres, who has his positives. Just to point out a defender’s mistakes can stand out more than those of mids and forwards.

    For example, I believe Bornstein gave up a free kick for the 1st goal in the 1st Brazil game at the Confeds.

    Right after DaMarcus Beasley had a cheap turnover near midfield.

    I understand that defenders are hired to cover up the mistakes of others and make none themselves, but I sometimes pity them their thankless jobs.

  11. He’s your left back, I’m used to that.

    At this level after Bornstein’s string of embarrassingly inept performances for USMNT, I suspect Jonathan is returning to his natural spot, on the bench as backup to the talent.

    If BB puts poor Bornstein out there against England you will know BB has a death wish or was paid of by some gambling syndicate….the Borngate conspiracy…spread the rumor ; )

  12. Granted, Bornstein has looked bad often enough. But, his worst mistake, the penalty against the Dutch, came after he was put in a compromised position because Paco Torres did not defend. Yet few people are wanting Torres out of the 23 or complaining he’s in the 30.

  13. If Sacha’s not good enough for the Scottish League, that should be all we need to know.

    An MLS lifer is not the solution in the midfield, simple as that. Sacha’s just outclassed by the talent available.


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