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Bradley Names US National Roster for October Friendlies

US Men’s National Team Coach Bob Bradley named a 20 man roster for upcoming international friendlies against Poland and Colombia.  The USMNT will play Poland in Chicago at Soldier Field on Saturday, October 9 at 7:00 pm CT.  Three days later, the USMNT will host Colombia at the home of MLS’ Philadelphia Union on October 12 at 7:00 pm CT.  The friendlies will be the first since the USMNT lost to Brazil in a friendly match in August following the 2010 World Cup.  The match with Poland will be televised on FSC and Galavision, while the Colombia match will be televised on ESPN2 and Galavision.

Eighteen of the twenty players featured on the roster currently play with European clubs.  The only MLS based players named to the squad are veteran defender Heath Pearce and youngster Brek Shea, both of FC Dallas.  Midfielder Jermaine Jones of Bundesliga side Schalke 04 looks to gain his first US cap after declaring for the US team in 2009.  Injuries have prevented the German-American from donning the US shirt, but Jones is again healthy and featuring regularly for Schalke in Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League matches.

Aston Viilla’s Eric Lichaj, a 22 year-old defender who is a native of the Chicago area, receives his first call up to the USMNT.  Both of his parents are from Poland.

US Men’s National Team Roster

Goalkeepers:  Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

Defenders:  Carlos Bocanegra (St. Etienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

Midfielders:  Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Forwards:  Jozy Altidore (Villareal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)

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7 Responses

  1. This is the kind of article/content I’m talking about. I love it Gerry. Two players to focus on are Maurice Edu and Stuart Holden. They have been in absolute scintillating form. Edu did not look totally out of place in Champions League versus Manchester United and he was awesome against Bursaspor who I know are not Champs League regulars but still. Holden has started every Premier League match this year for Bolton and has done so well he has earned himself a nice contract extension thru 2013. Cheers, Charlie

  2. Oh I’m a big fan of both Edu and Holden, especially since Stuart is now a Bolton boy. I wish Bradley would have brought in Frankie Simek, who’s now getting regular playing time at Carlisle United, although I understand that is lower division football. Our backline is getting old. And we need some fresh goalkeeping blood. Hope Guzan plays both games…I’d like to see David Yelldell in 2 Bundesliga get a shot, although I don’t know if he’s playing much at Duisberg offhand or not.

  3. In the preparation for 2014, my biggest concern is goalkeeping if you can believe that. I don’t see enough in the player pool to have a 3rd stringer of the quality of Marcus Hahnemann. I believe we will be overly strong at midfield like we are now. Our defense will be solid. I have big expectations for players like Chad Marshall, Jonathan Bornstein and Clarence Goodson. Bornstein will be a seasoned veteran by 2014 and Goodson, in my opinion, could have easily been used in South Africa, the lad has confidence in his play and I can’t imagine him plying his trade in Norway for very much longer. Players like Michael Orozco, Omar Gonzalez, Eric Lichaj and Gale Agbossoumonde will continue to develop and will make a very important contribution to our efforts in 2014. In the forward position, we have a very special player in our ranks. Barring injury, Altidore could become a true, undeniable World Class Player. He has all the attributes, we just need to find a strike partner for him. We have 4 years to find that player and I expect it will be someone who comes out of nowhere like Charlie Davies. I am looking forward to seeing how things shake out over the next 4 years and expect the US to at least make it to the knock out stages and hopefully break through to the quarter finals in Brazil. Cheers, Charlie

  4. One more thing to add . . . I am a big fan of Clint Dempsey and have been ever since his playing days with the New England Revolution. I did not see him play today verse West Ham but I read the report from the match. He grabbed another goal and it sounds like he caused all kinds of problems for the defense today. It goes without saying that both Dempsey and Donovan will be expected to play a major role in 2014. The point I would like to make is that I feel Dempsey will peak before 2014. I think he is going to have an exceptional couple of years which will be fun to watch and will certainly help with our qualifying for 2014. It is vital that the US win the Gold Cup that gives them a ticket to the Confederations Cup. In our country’s ascendary in the World’s game, I think the Confederations Cup experience is invaluable to our team’s ultimate success at a World Cup. Cheers, Charlie

  5. Quentin Westberg is a 24 y/o goalkeeper playing for Evian in Ligue 2. He is French-American but has represented US on U-20 team. He is the #2 keeper at Evian but getting playing time with the #1 keeper currently injures….he played 35 games at Troyes before joining Evian.

    And I’d still like to see Yelldell get a shot. He’s getting starts in Bundesliga 2.

    • Thank you Gerry for posting. It was getting embarrassing for me to reply/post comments to my own comments. It is great to hear that Westberg is getting playing time. I can’t believe he is only 24 years old. I have been familiar with him for what feels like years now. Westberg and Yelldell need to get experience with playing first team, top flight football as soon as possible to benefit the US 2014 World Cup efforts. Luis Robles with Karlsrue and Dominic Cervi with Celtic are other possibilities. Although Cervi was absolutely diabolical in the matches I saw during Celtic’s preseason tour of North America. It was so bad, Celtic had to rush out and find another goalkeeper before their real season got started just as cover. Maybe “diabolical” is a bit harsh because of his age but none-the-less he will need to improve to break through to the first team at Celtic. At this time, I am inclined to think that Timmy Howard will have to be involved in some capacity but I don’t see him as a No. 1 in 2014. We shall see . . . Cheers, Charlie

  6. I don’t think Robles is playing much, I think he’s the #2 at Karlsruhe. Nick Noble in Sweden at Ljungskile and Chris Konopka in Irish Premiership are two goalkeepers in their mid-twenties who are getting regular time i believe.

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