Well, not exactly like TSG thought a few hours ago. But the U.S. roster to face Slovakia is out….and it’s very MLS heavy.
Wow!: No Edgar Castillo, unless he is going to be added later….or Jose Francisco Torres, his Mexican league brethren. There are Mex games this coming Saturday.
Note, we erred in our first comments on the roster. This, as stated in the release link below, is the roster for Slovakia–thus is can be amended for Denmark.
*Disclaimer, somtimes US Soccer has withheld names before and there *could* be maybe 3 spots left.
Here you go.
G: Brad Guzan, Troy Perkins, Marcus Hahnemann
The Skinny: Big T finally gets his rest–at least against Slovakia. The battle for #3 is on.
DEF: Chad Marshall. Jonathan Bornstein, Jonathan Spector, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Jimmy Conrad, Clarence Goodson, Heath Pearce, Frankie Hedjuk
The Skinny: A very veteran class. Marshall will be allowed to make his name. Pearce, no Castillo?
MID: Benny Feilhaber, Michael Bradley,Clint Dempsey, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty
The Skinny: As expected, except for Dax McCarty. Does Dempsey inherit Donovan’s spot for this round of games?
STRIKER: Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, Jeff Cunningham, Conor Casey
The Skinny: Cunningham and EJ make the squad….can you say speed, speed, speed.
TSG already put in some time in the comment section. Some of our thoughts:
» 9 defenders, 6 midfielders. How we gonna scrimmage?
» Prove us wrong Jeff Cunningham. Highly excited to see if JC can be magic on the national stage at 33.
» Probable Slovakia starters? (We’ll have more later in our preview piece)
» Guzan, Spector, Boca, Marshall, Bornstein, Feilhaber, Bradley, Dempsey, Rogers, Altidore, Casey
» Subbing in: Cunningham or EJ, Kljestan
» And from the “maybe we’re reading into it too much” arena. Is Coach USA going for the wins? We think so. With the Denmark friendly next week, Bradley looks like he might be waiting to name some other players for that game. Maybe Timmy back in?
US Soccer official release.