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Bradley Brings New Faces into January Training Camp

U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Bob Bradley has selected a roster of 24 players to compete in the national team’s training camp beginning January 4th.  The Carson, California camp will last three weeks and culminate in an international friendly at the Home Depot Center against 2010 World Cup side Chile. 

Bradley has selected a roster of players with little or no experience at the international level, most of whom from MLS teams with a few players from Scandinavian clubs on winter break.  The team averages 23 years of age, and fully half of the roster are without an international cap.  MLS Golden Boot Winner Chris Wondoloski of the San Jose Earthquakes is the headliner of the club, while 31-year-old goalkeeper Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake is the oldest player on the roster.  Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya of Swedish club Orebro leads the players with six international caps.

Personally, I like what Bradley is doing in picking his January camp roster.  He knows what Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Stuart Holden and Tim Howard can do.  By picking lesser-known players and giving them an opportunity to be in camp, Bradley gets to personally know these young individuals and see what their work habits and potential are.  It certainly gives motivation to these individuals, too, to know they are on the national team radar.  Even if few or none of the camp roster players represent the U.S. in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, our national game will be better for the international exposure these players get, not only now but down the road when many become coaches at the college and professional levels. 

U.S MNT January Camp Roster

Goalkeepers:  Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders:  A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)

Midfielders:  Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

Forwards:  Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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2 Responses

  1. Where is Brad Davis? That left foot needs a spot!!!!!

  2. I think Brad Davis would be a good addition, also, but his age (29) seems to preclude him from this camp which mostly features players in their early 20s and even in their teens.

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