Head coach Bob Bradley named the 2010 World Cup team today, and it included many upstart forwards at the expense of one surprise cut in Brian Ching. Also cut from the preliminary 30-man roster: Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall, Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Robbie Rogers, and Eddie Johnson.
“The American team is a blend of youth and experience,” observed the NY Times. “Fifteen of the 23 players were named to their first World Cup. Only six have participated in a World Cup match. Meanwhile, midfielders Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley and defender Steve Cherundolo will be participating in their third World Cup.”
The complete roster is as follows:
Keepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard
Defenders: Calos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit (Watford of the EPL? ESPN fail), Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu (and beard), Jonathan Spector
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, Jose Francisco Torres
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez