Friday Selections: USA vs. Brazil, August 10th

Bob Bradley will be in command.

Coach Sweats himself will announce the U.S. roster for the August 10th friendly against Brazil at the Meadowlands on either Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Here’s our guess (after our “let’s look to the future guess“) of players representing the United States. All rumors and reports are suggesting a veteran squad to be selected by Double-B.

Will Tim be in NJ or dead focused for the Everton battle with Mucha?

G: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Troy Perkins

Other guesses: Marcus Hahnemann, Chris Seitz, Nick Rimando

The skinny: Howard is gearing up for a battle with Jan Mucha for the starting spot at Everton; the veteran and challenger are currently getting ready to throwdown at Everton’s Finch Farm training pitch.

This may be a prelude to a move for Howard or might just be a Ben Foster-son-in-waiting move. Howard is also from New Jersey so there is that side of the coin.

Will Guzan be called in? Not sure about that. This is the season that the heir apparent needs to step it up in the Premiership to get considered contender. We say Hahnemann likely stays Brit side instead of Guzan.

Trusty Bob Bradley camper Troy Perkins rounds out the keepers–though you might see a nod for Chris Seitz hailing from the Union nearby.

Bradley will have another "word" (the last?) in person with DeMerit August 10th

DEF: Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Jonathan Spector, Chad Marshall, Heath Pearce, Omar Gonzalez, Kevin Alston

Other guesses: Steve Cherundolo, Oguchi Onyewu, Sean Franklin, Eric Lichaj

The skinny: TSG has that sneaking suspicion that Jay DeMerit is coming back stateside, despite the Chicago Fire move today. He’ll be there either way.

How can Captain Carlos–new club or not–not get a curtain call against Brazil. The warrior soldiers for one more.

Of the two TSG sentimental favorites, Eric Lichaj might get a sniff. Does Sean Franklin? Boy, we hope so.

The Holden Era begins...hopefully (courtesy, Matt Mathai)

MID: Landon Donovan, Stu Holden, Jose Torres, Maurice Edu, Alejandro Bedoya, Robbie Rogers, Dax McCarthy

Other guesses: Clint Dempsey, DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan, Ricardo Clark

The skinny: We all know Clint Dempsey needs some rest so he stays across the pond.

Also conspicuous by his absence is Benny Feilhaber. With AGF Aarhus looking to sell the midfielder, not a good time to pick up a ding. That said, will DaMarcus Beasley be there? We’re betting “no” as well.

Despite meriting a call-up, we think Bob Bradley leaves the progress of Sacha Kljestan at Anderlecht unimpeded eschewing an excursion back to the States for the SoCal midfielder.

Similarly, Jermaine Jones, who uberfans are pining to see, probably should right his club career first before getting called in.

Ricardo Clark doesn’t want to pull a hamstring from too much time on the sideline; he stays in the land of Dunkel. Also, because well, chance he gets booed? (Not a real reason, but something to think about).

Dear Bob Bradley, I can score and play striker, From Edson Buddle... (courtesy, Matt Mathai)

STR: Robbie Findley, Edson Buddle, Herculez Gomez, Brian Ching

Other guesses: Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies

The skinny: Like Feilhaber, the last thing that Altidore needs is an injury. Very important that the hope of America at striker settles his club situation.

That said, the youngster hails from New Jersey and played for Red Bull. So could go either way on this one.

Charlie Davies, like Onyewu, was hurt on international duty. Politics do matter and I think Charlie Davies–if healthy–is making it to the Poland friendly, maybe not this one.


Other notes:

Freddie Ljundberg, taking his game, his ref squabbling and his assortment of fashionable scarves with him to the Chicago Fire. Not sure about that move for the Fire. Anyone?

• Freddy Adu didn’t hang on in the Alps after a trial at Swiss club Sion. Yikes! Back to Benfica, but then where for Adu?

• Friend of TSG Kyle Martino made his switch from ESPN to Fox Soccer permanent. He’ll host a show that we’ll hear the details about shortly.

• Congrats to the USA Milk Cup squad for getting it done.

25 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by s44 on 2010/07/30 at 4:23 PM

    Omar Salgado, who started all three Milk Cup games up top, is a great story. He’s 16, trained with Mexico’s U-17, but after a glimpse of Rongen’s U-20 camp he *got himself fired from his club* (Chivas) to represent the Stars and Stripes. (MLS stepped up, of course — he just signed for three years and will be in the next SuperDraft.)

    Tall and athletic with Mexican-style skills — the Tri will rue this loss. (Of course, he may be eligible for Spain as well, but his actions aren’t those of Joe Red.)


    • Posted by Ian on 2010/07/30 at 5:19 PM

      actually he isnt eligible for spain thankfully. fifa only allows players to change the country they want to play for once and he already made his change from mexico to the u.s. so hes ours now


      • Posted by s44 on 2010/07/30 at 6:08 PM

        Except… he never played a binding game for Mexico, so he didn’t have to use his switch. But I have faith that the Texas boy won’t pull a Joe Red.


  2. Posted by ernj on 2010/07/30 at 4:29 PM

    Game is at the Meadowlands Stadium, not Red Bull Arena.


  3. Posted by sidereal on 2010/07/30 at 5:11 PM

    That strikeforce makes me sad. I think we need to bite the bullet early and switch to a lone striker formation. Do it now so we have four years to adjust to it. Put Jozy up top and back him up with CD9. Yes, if they’re both healthy then we play better with both of them up top, but neither one has a credible backup, so if one gets hurt or has bad form, the whole formation collapses. We have good depth at midfield, so let’s pull a forward and add a midfielder to the formation.


  4. After seeing the young but talented roster released by Brazil yesterday, I’ll make a realistic roster of 24 players (the same number Brazil is bringing). Here goes nothing.

    GK(3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Chris Seitz (Philadelphia Union)

    DF(8): Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Daniel Williams (SC Freiberg), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Edgar Castillo (San Luis), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa)

    MD: Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro SK), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes)

    FW: Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Hurculez Gomez (Pachuca), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Fulham FC)

    Starting 11 from this list:






    Big names left off: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, DaMarcus Beasley, Jonathan Bornstein, Ricardo Clark, Jermaine Jones, Charlie Davies. Why you ask?

    Donovan just needs a break, plain and simple. Dempsey needs to get settled with whoever his new manager will be, be that at Fulham or not. Howard needs a break, no need to bring our number 1 across the pond for a friendly. Bocanegra needs to get settled with his new club. DeMerit and Beasley need to find new clubs, Bornstein is injured. Clark has already turned a call up for this match to focus on his club. Jones and Davies need to get regular playing time during the regular season to be sure that they are past their injuries. Still, its a solid roster that should be able to compete with a young Brazil side.


  5. Posted by ernj on 2010/07/30 at 8:09 PM

    ESPN/SI are reporting that CD9 is being called in


  6. Posted by B on 2010/07/30 at 8:54 PM

    How come MB90 isn’t mentioned anywhere? Doubt he would want to pass up another shot at taking down Brazil a la the Confed Cup. And with his dad still at the helm there is no way he’s left out


    • Posted by Bob on 2010/07/30 at 10:16 PM

      I think we will see both MB and Clark as their season won’t start for two weeks.


      • Posted by Kevin on 2010/07/31 at 12:55 PM

        I don’t want to see clark because this is a four cycle to compete in the world cup. Establishing a line-up, formation and squad starts now with hopefully positive changes in the future. I don’t think Clark can factor into 2014


  7. Posted by Bob on 2010/07/30 at 10:14 PM

    Ligue 1 will already have started so probably no Boca. EPL and SPL will start four days later so most of them will not make it (Brazil is bringing only 3 EPL players, including Robinho). MLS is in midseason and there are two games the next day so probably no Seitz as they have a game on the 8th and 11th. The Galaxy players play at RB Arena on the 14th so will they play at all or at full speed? They play in LA on the 1st, at P.R. on the 4th, then back to LA on the 7th against Real Madrid. I bet Arena ask that they not make the game or be very limited in playing time. Goodson has a game two days later so no to him as well.

    So who is left? Guys without teams: Altidore, DeMerit, Feilhaber. MLS youngsters and vets like Ching, Ream, Opara, Galaxy guys (but they will be tired), etc. Dolo, MB, Clark and Gooch whose seasons don’t start until late August.

    For Brazil, the friendly is being used to try out new players (11 new first team call-ups), and they are only calling in 4 players from the SA team. Seven of their players will qualify for the 2012 Olympics. My guess is that we will play the same type of young team maybe even include players from the U20 team like Agudelo and Agbossoumonde.


    • Its a FIFA date, so if we call them up their clubs have to release them, regardless of when their respective seasons start…


      • Posted by BW on 2010/07/31 at 3:10 PM

        yeah, but politically and realistically some of our guys need to be in the club’s camps proving themselves and earning starting roles. not stateside for a friendly letting others push them onto the bench!


  8. Posted by BW on 2010/07/30 at 11:13 PM

    Given the significance of the 09 Confed Cup in the run up to SA 2010, I’m really hoping we make it a priority to get back to the Confed by winning the 2011 Gold Cup. Does anyone think it makes sense to treat the next Gold Cup as our ‘euro championship’ and adopt the strategy of many Euro teams by keeping Bradley on for two years and then reevaluating for 2014?


  9. Posted by Brian Mech on 2010/07/30 at 11:16 PM

    I’d like to see this game to be an opportunity to change up the formation from the traditional 4-4-2 to the 4-5-1/4-3-3 that worked better for us in this world cup (Note: I think Goodson gets the nod instead of the jobless DeMerit). How about this starting 11:



  10. Posted by pckilgore on 2010/07/31 at 8:05 AM

    Can I take a minute to gush about Zarek Valentin’s attacking play?

    He worked very well off other players and was always ready to receive balls in good areas–then put up a couple of fantastic crosses.

    Lets hope this kid gets out of Akron asap I’d love to see his development when pushed.


  11. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/31 at 9:39 AM

    Anybody going to this game?


    • Posted by socrates on 2010/08/04 at 9:37 AM

      Yes, I’ll be going to this game. Driving up from DC to join Sam’s Army, Section 103. It will be my first time attending any USA match. Can’t wait!!


  12. Posted by HuffyCane on 2010/07/31 at 10:50 AM

    I agree with the pick of Dom Cervi with Hamid the third choice. I’m not sure Guzman makes the trip though.


  13. Posted by Kevin on 2010/08/01 at 7:08 AM

    I’m not worried for depth up top because how was our depth at that position after 2006? Did we end up with a good forward pair minus the Davies crash? Now we have altidore and davies both within age to play in 4 years. New names will emerge. Hopefully adu can step up because with Holden Torres Bradley and maybe Benny Adu would be a nice name to really provide some creativity that we lack. I don’t think any one says he doesn’t have the skillset just that he hasn’t really proved himself.


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