Here are some more links with reactions and commentary on Bob Bradley’s roster for the US-South Africa friendly.
» Red Bulls’ Ream surprised by US call [MLSsoccer.com]
» Why Bradley got US roster just right [MLSsoccer.com]
» Bunbury: US choice was right for me [MLSsoccer.com]
» Diskerud shares emotion of USMNT call [Yanks Abroad]
» Cervi estatic about USMNT call-up [Yanks Abroad]
» Bunbury excited to represent US [Yanks Abroad]
» Greenfield offered Leeds trial [Yanks Abroad]
As for my quick thoughts, I am happy with what Bob did. He did not have access to his main guys in Europe and some guys are still left in the MLS playoffs, so he selected a lot of youth and potential.
I know it has been mentioned in a couple of places, but this friendly in 2007 (Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup) saw Bob give an 18-year-old Jozy Altidore his first cap as well as Freddy Adu his first start with the Nats. In fact, he selected five guys that had five or fewer caps: Brad Guzan, Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu and Sacha Kljestan.
The starting lineup for that match in 2007: Tim Howard; Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra (C), Heath Pearce; Benny Feilhaber, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley, DeMarcus Beasley; Freddy Adu, Clint Dempsey.
This time around, 10 of the 18 guys have five or fewer caps, including six guys that have never suited up for the USMNT before. More than likely, either Teal Bunbury or Juan Agudelo is going to start at forward and that excites me as a fan. It is time for Bob to explore the forward pool.
But anyways, I know Bob gets a lot of crap from online USMNT soccer fans, but I think most have to be somewhat happy with his selection of this roster as a whole (of course there is going to be nitpicking on some of the guys, especially the central midfield).
Also, don’t forget to enter the Over There Book/Sticker Contest. Guess the correct score in the US-South Africa friendly and you get free stickers with a chance to win a free book. Pretty simple.