GOALKEEPERS: Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA).
DEFENDERS: Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia Union), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC).
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew).
FORWARDS: Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake).
• Response to some good questions below:
ο On competition level: Likely similar to Honduras who brought a lot of youngsters but also Pavon, Espinova and Palacios (younger). TSG will do some research here.
ο On the Netherlands: You’ll likely get 80% different players. International players are not available for Feb 24th…it’s not a sanctioned friendly day I don’t believe. The game is also in Amsterdam. You’ll see players from this squad with a shot for WC 2010.
• It certainly looks like we’re down to Casey v. Ching for back-up holding striker and Cunningham v. Findley for the speed option–independent Charlie Davies stature.
• Not really sure what Orozco means yet. He started a game I believe early in qualifying as in 2008 early…he is in shape though.
• Does our midfield for this one look as follows: Rogers, Kljestan, Beckerman, Davis or does Dax find his way in there at the whistle?
• Would bet some money that Alston–who battled injuries in Jan Camp–gets playing time here and maybe even starts over Wynne….but could go either way…