We know that Bob has his core in mind and that the list announced later today will contain a few surprises but will likely be a reflection of the injury status of many stars more than a statement on their form. So here is my list of the 30 I would bring into camp based on the list of the 2010 player pool on the US Soccer website and a couple not on that list (*):
Keepers (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Defenders (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Stade Rennais), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas)Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
The rest of my list after the jump:
Midfielders (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchenglabach), Ricardo Clark (Eintacht Frankfurt), Landon Donvan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aahus), Eddie Gaven (Columbus), Stuart Holden (Bolton) Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Jose Torres (Pachuca),
Forwards (7): Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)*, Conor Casey (Colorado) Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux), Clint Dempsey (Fullham), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki), Hercules Gomez* (Puebla)
It was tough but I looked at the results of the 2009 and 2010 USMNT, and tried to verify fitness or who may be fit within the next 4 weeks. Anyhow that is my 30 that I would bring in, if injury were to keep anyone out here are my backups at each position:
Keepers: Kevin Hartman (FC Dallas)
Defender: Bobby Convey (San Jose)
Midfielder: Brad Davis (Houston), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro SK)
Forward: Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
Remember this is just camp, there are probably 20 names on that list that are locks (we will talk about them in coming weeks) and the rest are guys fighting for a slot or there in case of injuries.
I do believe that the US roster is more stable in goal and on defense but with injuries and lack of form plaguing some in the midfield and up top, the US attack oriented style may need a boost with some fresh legs and guys who current form is at a very high level. So later today we will see how many I got right.
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