Bob Bradley names an 18 man squad to face Brazil
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3): Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca)
German born Jermaine Jones, Schalke’s holding midfielder will get a chance to take to the pitch for his US debut. A shin injury kept him out of consideration for the World Cup after opting out of representing Germany last year, so this is big news.
Bradley also named Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, and Chad Marshall to the squad. Players who were omitted because of pre-season commitments included Stuart Holden, Clint Dempsey, Jay DeMerit, and Jozy Altidore
Altidore is in the market for a club. Rumours are that he may land up in the Turkish Super Lig, possibly Besiktas on a loan spell.
Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu have fitness issues.
No real big surprises. Great to see Bedoya and Jones get call ups but the squad does not do much for the talent waiting in the wings.
A good opportunity to blood central defender Omar Gonzalez or Tim Ream already highly touted prospects, give more exposure to Jose Francisco Torres as a playmaker (we really don’t have one and the US needs better ball control), and maybe give another chance to Freddy Adu in the wilderness.
Then again Bradley is just being cautious. He has always been risk averse and even more so with his future hanging in limbo – his contract runs out in December and so far there has been no movement from the USSF. They are probably in a wait and watch mode. A good performance against Brazil could see his stock rise.