By Kevin Koczwara
Today United States Men’s National Team manager, Bob Bradley, announced the 30 players he is taking to Princeton, NJ to train and try-out for the squad for that will be going to the World Cup in South Africa in 30 days.
The USMNT’s final roster can only have 23 players on it come June, but Bradley would like to evaluate what he believes are his best 30 options and see who fits where. Then he will have to make his final cut. Why not just the name 23 he wants to go to South Africa now like some countries are doing? Well, Bradley has a lot of injury concerns to address within the squad. So, he needs time to assess each and every player before he names his final roster.
Notable absentee from the 30 man roster has to be Charlie Davies, the U.S. striker who imposed so much fear into opposing defenses during last year’s remarkable Confederations Cup run for the USMNT.
Davies was left off the list because his club, Sochaux, of France’s Ligue 1, would not give the striker full medical clearance. Davies had been training with the club in hopes of recovering from a horrific car accident back in October and making it to the World Cup.
Here is the list of player by position with their club included:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover),
MIDFIELDERS (12): Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), 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), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
Kevin Koczwara is a contributing writer and editor for The Soccer Guys. he can be reached at email@example.com.
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