Monday, May 24, 2010

U.S. World Cup Outlook

Last week, Bob Bradley announced the 30-man roster he was taking into camp with him. Today, he announced that 4-6 spots were still available with only two friendlies left before the roster deadline.
Here are the 30:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki) 

Average Age: 26.3

20 of 30 players played in college at some point.

My guess at the final 23:
GK (3): Guzan, Howard, Hahnemann
Defenders (8): Bocanegra, Bornstein, Cherundolo, DeMerit, Goodson, Marshall, Onyewu, Spector
Midfielder (9): Beasley, Bradley, Clark, Dempsey, Donovan, Edu, Feilhaber, Holden, Torres
Forward (3): Altidore, Ching, Gomez

I think the final spots up for grabs are: Beasley, Gomez, Torres, and Marshall.

If Bradley plays Edu as a center back, is there any need for a 4th CB on the roster? It could add another midfielder to the equation, which would open the door for Bedoya or Kljestan to sneak in.

Something to consider over the next week before Bradley makes his final 23 official.