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Team USA selects final 23-man World Cup Roster

Team USA selects final 23-man World Cup Roster

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

By Justin O'NeilCSNChicago.com

Following last nights 4-2 loss to the Czech Republic, U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Forward was the position with the most intrigue and questions being asked going into the national teams pre-World Cup camp. Star Charlie Davies was not selected after not fully recovering from his near fatal October car accident. Jozy Altidore was the only striker assured of his position, and Bradley made the surprise move of selecting four forwards to travel to South Africa. Bradleys selection of L.A. Galaxys Edson Buddle, Real Salt Lakes Robbie Findley and Mexican League top-scorer Herculez Gomez showed he was looking to pick players who have been in form recently and scoring goals.

Among the most notable cuts was Brian Ching, who has been a staple on Bradleys team for the past few years because of his ability to hold the ball at the striker position. Ching injured his hamstring last month in MLS action, and the injury may have impacted Bradleys decision.

The strength of the U.S. is in the midfield, with all nine midfielders selected having a strong possibility of seeing significant playing time at the World Cup. Former Fire star DaMarcus Beasley had a strong camp and played well last night against the Czechs, completing a strong turnaround after struggling with injuries and form for the past year. The team will rely on Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey to attack from the wings, and has the added option of playing either at striker, with Dempsey being the one more likely to move up top.

The defense is supposed to be one of the strengths of the squad, but the shaky defending last night raised some questions. Last night was Oguchi Onyewus first match since tearing his patella tendon in October. Onyewu played well over the 65 minutes he saw, but showed his jumping ability is not fully back after being beaten for a header on the Czechs first goal. Defenders Heath Pearce and Chad Marshall, who were culpable in the sloppy defense against the Czech Republic, were left off the final squad.

The core of the squad is about the same as towards the end of World Cup qualifying, with the absence of Davies the biggest difference. Fans have a reason to be optimistic, as the strong play of defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Stuart Holden and Beasley, and the striking trio of Buddle, Findley, and Gomez being pleasant surprises.
The other players cut were Alejandro Bedoya, Eddie Johnson, Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers.

Seventeen members of the squad play in Europe, including eight in England, three in Germany, two in Scotland, and one in each the Danish, French, Italian, and Norwegian leagues. The MLS has four representatives on the team and the Mexican League has two.

The 23-man squad will play their final game in the U.S. on Saturday against Turkey in Philadelphia.

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, and Tim Howard.

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit,
Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu, and Jonathan Spector.

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, and Jose Torres.

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, and Herculez Gomez.

ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

Eloy Jimenez looks set to make his White Sox return this week, Javier Báez exited Sunday's game with a minor injury and is it time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft? Here's what you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

White Sox

All indications point towards Eloy Jimenez returning to the White Sox this week, as the rookie outfielder was not in Triple-A Charlotte's lineup on Sunday. Jimenez's return comes just in time, as the White Sox play two of the best teams in baseball this week.

Manny Banuelos went on the injured list last week, though his stay on the shelf might be brief. Who starts in Banuelos' place on Monday is still uncertain.

The White Sox aren't getting what they expected from Ivan Nova so far, but Lucas Giolito has been tremendous. Giolito spun another good start on Saturday; what's behind his resurgence?

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss James McCann's breakout season.

Cubs

Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals with a right heel contusion, though he could be back in the lineup on Monday.

Jon Lester's hot streak came to an end on Saturday, though the bigger story from the game is the Cubs questioning if Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle's delivery is legal.

The Cubs put on a home run derby vs. the Nationals on Friday. The team also used the same 1-5 hitters all weekend; here's why the group is worth sticking with for the foreseeable future.

Former Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano made his return to the mound over the weekend with the independent Chicago Dogs.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and NBC Sports Chicago producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen breakdown Monday's matchup between Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Mark Schanowski wonders if it's time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft.

Mark Strotman breaks down potential options for the Bulls at No. 7 in Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver and Duke's Cam Reddish.

In the latest Blackhawks mailbag, Charlie Roumeliotis discusses Blackhawks trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What has James McCann meant to the White Sox? Everything

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What has James McCann meant to the White Sox? Everything

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber talk about James McCann's breakout season with the White Sox (1:15).

Then Chuck speaks with McCann about all the preparation he does for every game (9:20), why he'll never use a cheat sheet scouting report behind the plate like many catchers do (11:30) and what McCann has been badgering Lucas Giolito about since spring training (14:30).

Plus, why Evan Marshall and Aaron Bummer have been so successful out of the bullpen (16:30), why McCann acts as a karaoke host on the team bus (17:40) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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