World Cup Qual Roster [Updated]

14 08 2008

USA Roster Announced:

The 17-man roster, including four Olympians, for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier at Guatemala (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision): [FYI, an 18th player will be added in the next few days.]

GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan.

DEFENDERS: Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Heath Pearce, Frankie Hejduk, Jay DeMerit.

MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, Eddie Lewis.

FORWARDS: Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Brian Ching, Clint Dempsey.

Jeff’s take:

Surprisingly missing: Kenny Cooper

Mistakenly present: Brian Ching (I love the Dynamo therefore I love Ching, but he doesn’t need to be on this roster; I would have brought Kenny, or long list of other people first).

Additional Coverage

Bradley Names Roster to Prepare for Guatemala and First Semifinal Round Match of 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Campaign: “U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a 17-player roster that will travel to face Guatemala on Aug. 20 in the USA’s first match of the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City is set for 8 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.”

(See U.S. Men’s National Team News for more details on this roster.)

And obviously I’m not the only person who thinks Kenny Cooper’s a mistaken omission.

Bradley Announces Cooper-Less WCQ Roster: “Kenny

Obviously, US men’s national team coach Bob Bradley is not a frequent reader of this publication. If said ‘gaffer’ did was would well know that calling in Kenny Cooper to his squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers was of paramount importance and that his persistent insistence on leaving the streaking striker out of the selection was tantamount to treason. Or something else that’s sounds highfalutin’.

But he doesn’t (and probably shouldn’t) read TOR and Big Kenny’s been left wanting while Eddie ‘I haven’t scored in ages’ Johnson and Brian Ching get the call once again. It’s like he’s spent the calendar year so far listening to the title track from Wilco’s 2002 documentary ‘I Am Trying to Break Your Heart’ on blast and on repeat while thinking solely of my desire to see the Cooper’s shirtless caveman goal celebration once more.

And I hate to say this after being (regrettably) less than nice about him in the past, but how does Edson Buddle not get a look either? Damn. I haven’t been this bummed since James went missing on What’s Happening.

(Via The Offside Rules.)

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