On Saturday, the USMNT starts the second tournament of it’s long summer against Grenada in the Gold Cup. The team will not be the same as the one that traveled to South Africa last month, but it looks to achieve many of the same goals as the A team achieved against the best teams in the world. The quality of opponents in the Gold Cup is lacking, however, a young, inexperienced American side will be able to learn a lot from this tournament as well as try to garner the attention of head coach Bob Bradley before the World Cup in 2010. The squad looks like this:
Goalkeepers: Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (Kaiserslautern)
Defenders: Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
Midfielders: Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Forwards: Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)
Seven players have also been allowed to be added to the pool since the Confederations Cup ended so close to the start of the Gold Cup. The US will still have an 18 man game day roster but, will be able to call in these players to individual games if the coach decides to do so.
These players are:
Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan, Conor Casey, Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber, Jonathan Bornstein, and Ricardo Clark
The lineup I see Bradley using is this:
However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Holden and Adu switch places, or for Beckerman to come in for Pause. I also think we will see Jimmy Conrad and Chad Marshall in the center of defense at some point as well. The above lineup is what I would like to see for the first game against Grenada.
Honduras and Haiti are also in the United States’ group.
What do you think? Good lineup, or do you want to see somebody else in there getting some playing time? Wish someone who wasn’t called up would have been? Let me know in the comments.
I’ll be back later with some key players to watch in the tournament.
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