Wednesday, August 15, 2007

USMNT releases roster for Sweden friendly...


CHICAGO (August 14, 2007) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named the 19-man roster that will travel to face 11-time World Cup finalists Sweden on Aug. 22 in Göteborg. The U.S. team will begin arriving in Göteborg on Sunday, Aug. 19 and will train twice before Wednesday’s match. Kickoff at Ullevi Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local time) and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel (with Galavision airing the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and delayed at 2:30 p.m. PT). Fans can also follow the match live via’s MatchTracker.

"We are happy to be able to see so many of our foreign-based players in action and to put them in another challenging environment,” said Bradley, who is 10-3-1 in 2007 and making his first trip to Europe with the team. ”We are continuing to develop our team as World Cup qualifying approaches, and this group will certainly play a large role in that process. Sweden is bringing a very competitive roster, so it should be a great match.”

Here's the roster:
Goalkeepers (2) – Marcus Hahnemann (Reading FC), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
Defenders (6) – Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
Midfielders (6) – DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Bobby Convey (Reading FC), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
Forwards (5) – Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Kamani Hill (VfL Wolfsburg), Josh Wolff (1860 Munich), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)
Anaylsis from ThatsOnPoint:
1. Benny Feilhaber is listed as a Derby County player. The deal isn't totally official as of Tuesday afternoon. Here's the official Derby release notes. At first I didn't think this was a good move, but I've come around. Hamburg might be near the top of the Bundesliga come May, but it's still not the Prem. Even if Derby goes straight back down, he'll get bigger exposure and should move to a new, higher-profile club in a year. The sky appears to be the limit...right now. (Crossing fingers.)

2. Jon Bornstein is Bob Bradley's adoptive son. There are two MLS players in this squad. Pablo Mastroeni makes sense, Bornstein over, say, Heath Pearce who now plays at Hansa Rostock or Frank Simek at left back just doesn't make sense. After the two International tournaments earlier this summer we all know exactly who Bornstein is. The other two players, not so much. This is a perfect opportunity, wonder what Bradley's thought process is here.

3. Welcome back -- Steve Cherundolo, Marcus Hahnemann, Bobby Convey and Josh Wolff. Considering there won't be a lot of pre-training before this one-off game, which is more of interest to Sweden that anything, it kind of makes sense to recall these players. No sense bringing in any excess MLSers who are still in season. It'll be good to see if Cherundolo has anything left in the tank. Wolff...umm...he had his moments but is past the sell-by date. The Reading boys both deserve looks. Hahnemann should have earned a start after his work vs. Manchester United. Who knows what Convey has coming off his lengthy knee injury.

4. Sal Zizzo is a forward? Looked like a winger to me during the U-20 World Cup.

Again, this isn't a huge game in the grand scheme of things. Yes, Sweden is a nice team with a good pedigree, but this is just a friendly. You can't read too much into it, yet this is a lineup that should be able to compete.

You just wonder if Bradley will recall a similar, Euro-based squad for the much anticipated friendly with Brasil in early September.

The matchup I want to see the most in the Sweden game is Onyewu vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
I would add that although he's young, and just joined Benfica, I think Bradley needs to start considering giving Adu some friendly call-ups so he can get some caps under his belt prior to 2010 as he proved to the world in the U-20 World Cup that he is one of the most skillful Yank in the USMNT's talent pool. Not to mention that it would be nice to cap-tie him.

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