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U.S. roster for Poland/Colombia friendlies
   September 30, 2010 (3:49 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

Three Americans will look to get their first caps— Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj, and FC Dallas winger Brek Shea. In all, eighteen foreign-based players make the squad, with Shea and FC Dallas teammate Heath Pearce the lone MLS players. Shea and Pearce will not be with the team for the Poland match, as FC Dallas will look to continue their run for the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Thirteen vets of the World Cup are back along with three more players (Pearce, Örebro midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, Fulham forward Eddie Johnson) that made the 30-man camp in May. Michael Parkhurst, who has been doing well with Nordsjælland in the Danish Superliga, makes his first appearance since the 2009 Gold Cup (and even longer since he appeared with the full A-team).

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS : Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS : Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)

Who excites you? What lineup would you like to see? Who’s missing?

With just two natural forwards I am curious to see if Bob Bradley tinkers with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.

I am also somewhat srprised to not see Sacha Kljestan and Mikkel Diskerud. It’s nice to see Michael Parkhurst rewarded for his efforts in Denmark.

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7 Responses to “U.S. roster for Poland/Colombia friendlies”

  1. I love soccer says:

    I am also surprised to not see Tony Taylor, Gale, William and I guess Davies is not available , but what are we waiting for!! we need new talent to come in and this is the right time for it.

  2. alexalex says:

    I think Kljestan is still nursing an ankle injury. Probably also trying to earn a regular starting spot, which might be hard given that Birsa is back in their lineup.

  3. Matt says:

    I want to see Jermaine Jones. I don’t the US has ever had a midfielder with his ability. I am hoping he can be an American “Gattuso”

  4. Alex says:

    This is why I dislike Bob Bradley. He’s not trying out many new players with this line-up and it’s a meaningless exhibition match. What does he do all day??

    I do not like the inclusion of Brek Shea. He has one thing going for him – hype. Just don’t think he’s that good folks (although he would obviously disagree). Would much rather see Diskerud.

    What is going on with Bob Bradley’s love affair with Brad Guzan?? Hasn’t Bradley said all along that consistent playing time is important?? Brad Guzan is a back-up goalkeeper and that is all I ever foresee him being. Hahnemann is better. And why doesn’t David Yelldell ever receive a call-up?? If he’s good enough to consitently play for a 2. Bundesliga upper-table team, he’s good enough to earn some international CAPS for our National Team. Or put Nick Rimando in there.

    As far as Gooch goes, I’m glad he received a call-up for two reasons: (1) there are not many other quality center backs; and (2) the man is working for free this season with Milan and he needs to eat (this is assuming USSF is paying him).

    Now to this alexalex character who made the above post. My name is Alex, make your own posting name. Alex is taken, deal with it.

  5. alexalex says:

    Wow, chill out, dude. There’s room for all sorts of alexes, or alexalexes.

    I do agree, Bob needs to try out some new players and formations, though. However, Guzan does get minutes at Villa. I think he plays most cup games, and when he has played he’s looked pretty good. So I say his inclusion is not unwarranted.

    I’m excited to see Lichaj get a call-up. Hopefully our LB situation will be shored up.

  6. Alex says:

    Well fellow namesake alexalex, I am also looking forward to seeing Licaj. He has potential, and Villa seems committed to training him to play in future years.

    Still disagree with you on Guzan, however. He has not played regular minutes since 2008 (and that was in the MLS). The only thing I’ve ever completely agreed with Bob Bradley on is that consistent playing time is important. Why is Brad Guzan the exception to the rule??? How good can a goalkeeper be that sits on the bench all the time and plays sparingly?? I’m not convinced he’ll ever start for Villa, although I could be wrong.

    This defense is definitely a concern though. If I had to start 4 in the back right now in a 4-4-2 type formation that Bradley likes, it would be (from left to right) Bocanegra, Parkhurst, Goodson, Cherundolo. Problem is I’m not convinced there is much quality depth. Spector’s days appear to be numbered with West Ham. Not sure Pearce is the long term answer or if he’s that good regardless. Gooch’s minutes at Milan speak for themselves. I am looking forward to seeing Lichaj, however.

  7. tom says:

    I would like to see a 4-3-2-1 with new guys sprinkled in with vets:

    Spector/Dolo – Goodson – Boca – Lichaj
    Bradley – Jones – Edu
    Dempsey – Holden

    Or go 4-5-1 and give Shea and Bedoya a shot out wide.

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