Brazil Roster: “2010” Is Now Past Tense

Seems like just yesterday, TSG was kicking off USMNT coverage in preparation for the 2010 World Cup.

Donovan's magic will be counted on for at least 4 more years...4 more years...

Today, Bob Bradley and USSF begin bidding farewell to the veterans that contributed to the USA’s first ever World Cup group stage win, introduce some stand-ins (primarily from MLS) and welcome in a select few of the new breed who may be counted on during the upcoming qualification campaign.

The roster is out and taking to the field at the Meadowlands on August 10th are:

G: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan

DEF: Jonathan Bornstein, Jonathan Spector, Carlos Bocanegra,  Clarence Goodson, Chad Marshall, Steve Cherundolo

MID: Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu,  Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley

STR: Edson Buddle, Herculez Gomez, Robbie Findley


• No real surprises. Mild surprises in Jermaine Jones–who must have proved his fitness at Schalke already this preseason–and Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber’s inclusion might suggest Aarhus can’t move him, but Benny’s got Brazilian blood as well which may have been an additional factor.

Oh, and Jones’s inclusion might be also to finally get him that long-awaited cap. Is Ricardo Clark ready to acknowledge he is no better than the third best American playing midfield in the Bundesliga…and he might be the fourth if Jared Jeffrey comes on?

• Bob Bradley goes with the Kljestan inclusion and this time Kljestan has certainly earned the nod.

• No introductions of fresh faces as the squad primarily comes from Bob Bradley’s 30-man preliminary World Cup 2010 roster.

• Bradley respecting the need for club players to establish themselves. Holden at Bolton needs to roar out of the gate. Clint Dempsey has to impress his 4th coach in his tenure at Craven Cottage. Altidore–seemingly settling his club situation today with Besiktas–has got some other things to worry about.

• TSG didn’t expect a Charlie Davies call-up–odd that this was rumored by ESPN–and Bradley didn’t call in the Sochaux striker.

• Will Bob Bradley have Edson Buddle wilt on the bench…again? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

• Does Brad Guzan finally get a start with a little meaning? Probably not since Tim’s there.

• Match-ups we’re looking forward to: US outside backers vs. Pato, Edson Buddle vs. Thiago Silva, Ramires production vs. Michael Bradley production. With Ramires rumored to be headed to Chelsea (a $22M transfer is apparently in the near offing), can Bradley dominate and make a (albeit muted as it is a friendly) statement in the middle?

• Seeing a lot of questions on the line-up. I could be wrong, but I think this one is rather easy to figure out. You’ve got a team with one day of practice with many of the players who participated together in the World Cup.

You’ve got a coach who loves preparation and is not going to do something extraordinary as he looks to be competitive against Brazil.

You’ll likely see Bradley start with an outfield of:

DEF: Dolo, Goodson, Boca, Bornstein

MID: Lando, Bradley, Edu, Feilhaber

STR: Buddle, Findley.

…and then you’ll likely see Coach Sweats mix in subs as the 2nd half wears on…probably in a similar manner to how he did against the Netherlands back in March.

My guess is he’ll likely drop Findley for either Gomez or a midfielder in Kljestan, or perhaps Bedoya in getting the 2nd half started.

The only real disclaimer is if Bornstein is not fit, how the backline reshuffles. However, my guess is that Bradley would have added Heath Pearce just in case if Bornstein was in doubt.

49 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by moosecat on 2010/08/04 at 11:54 AM

    our striker pool needs to bid farewell


  2. Wow, this lineup is pretty close to our “A” team… not bad. You had to think Gooch wouldn’t be included and I’m not terribly surprised Altidore and Dempsey aren’t flying home for this. I guess Bob Bradley thinks that Bornstein can be fit in time?


    • Also, nice predictions Matthew… it looks like basically all the players you called out as having their futures up in the air a little bit are not coming.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/08/04 at 12:10 PM

        Thanks Pat — just updated the piece. My guess on Jones is for him to finally earn his US cap.


    • Posted by Joe on 2010/08/04 at 2:22 PM

      Im mildly suprised that Gooch isnt coming in for this one… a few of his AC Milan teammates will be there for Brazil, and AC Milan plays a friendly in Detroit this Friday.

      I was hoping we could get him some PT before he rots on the bench at AC Milan for another year (unless he gets loaned out)


  3. Posted by Hercules on 2010/08/04 at 12:07 PM

    I saw a story that Howard was in a battle for a starting position, if so, why was he called in?

    Think that Dempsey’s omission a sign that he is getting a transfer soon, same for Jozy?

    Overall, interesting roster.

    ‘Dolo Goodson Boca Bornstein
    Edu Bradley
    Bedoya Donovan Kljestan

    Subs: (No particular Order…Halftime?)

    Guzan for Howard
    Marshall for Boca
    Spector for ‘Dolo
    Jones for Edu
    Feilhaber for Donovan
    Gomez for Buddle


    • Feilhaber needs to start whether we are playing 4-3-3 or 4-5-1. Kljestan can come in later if necessary but to give ourselves the best chance of winning I can not see BB starting without Feilhaber. Feilhaber should be playing centrally.

      Jones is probably going to get a few garbage minutes near the end. Marshall shouldn’t see much time either. He is there as a replacement, no need to make a change in the back four mid game. Also don’t see Spector playing much.
      Though wouldn’t it be fitting if JB has an off night and in BB’s possibly last game as manager he
      decides he either needs to bring Spector on at LB or switch Boca out wide with Edu dropping back to CB. Not saying JB will have a bad game, he deserves to start and certainly I hope he plays his a** off.


      • Posted by Hercules on 2010/08/05 at 11:00 AM

        There were two reasons that I didn’t have Feilhaber starting: Kljestan’s run of form so far to get rewarded, and the personal wish to see Bedoya more.

        I was seeing the game in two stages. The first half to be our first team. The second to be more experimental. (So maybe move Donovan to the outside and start Feilhaber in instead of Bedoya) Also, I don’t know how tired Donovan and Buddle will be. If Donovan can and wants to go the full 90, sub Bedoya on for Kljestan (and adjust the wings appropriately).

        Well, we’ll see I guess.


  4. Posted by Andy_4Lakes on 2010/08/04 at 12:09 PM

    So now who is going to start in the midfield? Would like to see combination of Edu and Bradley given some run to see if the glimpses we saw in SA can be replicated…


  5. Yes, so this is decent enough. I expect Jermaine Jones to annoy us with his play having not been fit enough to play in South Africa.

    4-3-3 set-up i think.


  6. Posted by dude on 2010/08/04 at 12:26 PM

    I’m a little annoyed that Holden, Diskerud, and Gonzalez weren’t brought in, but have a hard time seeing Bedoya sit this one out.

    Good news: I get to see a damn strong lineup (and Klejstan+Findley) on the field against Brazil. However, Klejstan is playing well for Anderlecht, but he’s a bit like Beasley. Seeing him play well only till he gets on the pitch annoys me more.


  7. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/04 at 12:28 PM

    Guzan needs to move from Villa and get some serious 1st team action, if he really wants to push Howard as No. 1 for the National team. Not too dissimilar to the situation Hart faces with Given at Man City.

    Why only 18 and not 23? Is Torres injured – what is the reason for his omission?

    Really looking foward to this game, and very keen to check out the new Meadowlands stadium – which will probably be penciled in as the venue for the World Cup Final!! (should the US get it).


  8. Posted by Matt on 2010/08/04 at 12:35 PM

    Findley? Really? Still?


  9. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/08/04 at 12:47 PM

    I really would have liked to see Lichaj but I understand his starting spot at Villa is more important


  10. Posted by michael on 2010/08/04 at 1:34 PM

    I’m very surprised Klejstan was called in. He’s just moved to a new team in a new country and is still trying to establish himself as a starter in some capacity. For a meaningless friendly it makes no sense to bring him. You lauded Bradley for letting Holden stay with Bolton to secure a spot when he’s been there around 6 months, but say it’s nice to bring in Klejstan when he’s been there about 6 weeks.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/08/04 at 1:46 PM

      Michael — perhaps I wasn’t clear, but my statement above reflects that Kljestan actually *earned his call-in this time.

      As I said in previous pieces, I most certainly would not have called in Kljestan this time around. It really actually adds 0 value.

      He’s not going to start, so he’s going to come off the bench…which is actually somewhat odd in that he’s playing so well. So in essence, he’s going to make the hop for 1 practice and 20 minutes of playing time against the Brazil B- team.

      His selection has merit, but I don’t think Bradley *should have called him.


      • Posted by Joe on 2010/08/04 at 2:32 PM

        Great points… Maybe to just give Sacha a little morale boost?
        He has certainly earned the call like you said..

        Can you comment on Spector’s standing with West Ham? Isn’t he fighting for a starting spot as well? I was a little surprised to see him in there


      • Posted by pckilgore on 2010/08/04 at 5:42 PM

        I honestly don’t think Bob would have, but for Sasha’s excellent start. I don’t think there are any worries about this trip hurting his playing time anymore, especially since this IS a FIFA day.

        Strange as this sounds coming out of my mouth (fingers?) I think Sasha is actually more secure in his position than Stu is at Bolton.


      • Posted by michael on 2010/08/05 at 12:00 PM

        ok that makes sense, I do think he’s earned the spot. I still don’t agree with Bob for calling him in though, as you stated as well.


  11. What are people’s thoughts on Gomez pairing with Buddle up top in the 4-4-2?

    I get Findley has the speed to pin the defense back and Gomez is seen as the “poacher” later in games but I feel Gomez gives us the better chance to win (positioning, finishing, etc) and still has the speed to give problems. Though Findley has drastically improved so I am not definitely sure about this.

    I also do realize that with the limited options BB is bringing, it is far more likely that we see the usual formula and Findley starts. Also with the Galaxy playing a lot of games Donovan and Buddle might need fresh options to come off of the bench later in the game. Nothing against Findley but he’s not that option.

    All in all I think it is more likely that we start with a 4-4-2 and then switch to a 4-5-1 with Bedoya coming on, but is there any merit to Gomez starting? Wish a few more untested forward options were brought along but should be an interesting game.


  12. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/08/04 at 2:19 PM

    I’d rather see Tristan Bowen than Findley


    • Posted by Joe on 2010/08/04 at 2:27 PM

      I’d rather see McInerney, Aguedelo, Cooper, that guy on Leeds whos name I cant think of right now, Bowen, Eddie Johnson, Waldo, Pee-wee Herman, Popeye, LeBron James, Chad Ochocinco, Luigi, Bert and Ernie, or the Stanford Tree than Robbie Findley at this point

      He isnt even playing well for RSL


      • Speaking of the Stanford Tree…what better lone striker on-top of the 4-3-2-1 christmas tree formation?

        That mascot certainly has the height to knock balls down and if/when he scores he’s got the goofy smile starring back at the Brazilian goalie.

        On a serious note while I would rather see most of the players listed above…I would not rather see EJ.


        • Posted by dth on 2010/08/04 at 2:43 PM

          The Tree might be too inebriated on any given day to have the first touch necessary.

          However, even in this instance I can confirm the Tree would be better than Robbie Findley.


        • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/08/04 at 4:37 PM

          the Tree has the size, the strength, and most of all, quick movement of limbs o.0


        • Posted by AO NJ on 2010/08/05 at 11:50 AM

          “I’d rather see McInerney, Aguedelo, Cooper, that guy on Leeds whos name I cant think of right now, Bowen, Eddie Johnson, Waldo, Pee-wee Herman, Popeye, LeBron James, Chad Ochocinco, Luigi, Bert and Ernie, or the Stanford Tree than Robbie Findley at this point”

          Few quick thoughts on this post–

          -Is Luigi eligible to play for the US? Might have already been capped by the Azzurri
          -Chad Ochocinco will be training with his club team
          -Popeye is more of a target man… too similar to Buddle

          In all seriousness… what about Marcus Tracy? Is he still hurt?


  13. Posted by dikranovich on 2010/08/04 at 5:11 PM

    i dont know why they would not start jones. i mean the guy is healthy and he needs to get in there and show his stuff. tens minutes at the end of a brasil game is a little disrespectful if you ask me. lets get jones and bradley on the pitch together nd lets get them out there with benny feilhaber playing a central attacking roll. then get donovan on the left wing and sacha out on the right wing. sacha is obviously playing with his a game right now and he is probably the heir pparent to dempsey anyway.


  14. Posted by Soccernst on 2010/08/04 at 6:06 PM

    Can Jones and Edu play behind a diamond of Lando, Bradley, Fielhaber with Buddle up top? Admittedly this could be the crappiest formation ever. Probably asks too much of Bradley / Jones / Edu as none a pure distributors, but they are relatively interchangeable. Defensive grit + offensive party crashing. Actually this asks a lot of everyone!


  15. Posted by csquare on 2010/08/04 at 6:41 PM

    Gotta wonder how much energy Landon has left… so many games in the past year.


  16. Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/08/05 at 12:17 AM

    Bob’s Farewell game.

    1: Brazil picks a very, very young squad ( Very good as well )

    2: Bob picks our A team.

    3: Our A team gets destroyed by Brazils under 20’s

    Why not bring in the young guys so if and when we lose no one will care cuz it’s a friendly.

    Stupid we bring all these Vets!! Bob Bradley F@#$% this one up in my humble opinion.


    • Posted by Mark F on 2010/08/05 at 2:24 AM

      He chose the A-team because he along with US soccer realized that Americans, like myself paid money to see the players that we fell in love with in South Africa. Im glad we get to see some of our US soccer heroes and i think we will beat Brazil 2-1… Also, real happy that Benny Feilhaber is playing, i hope he scores against his homeland


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/05 at 6:55 AM

        I think this is a tricky balance to get correct, as everybody has their opinions. From a fans’ point of view, you want to see the best US team compete with an elite team, as Mark said, fans have paid good money. But from management ‘s stance you need to start preparing the team for the next cycle, and you need to see whether certain younger players have what it takes. Sure, it’s only one game, but how often does Bradley get the opportunity to test these players against one of the best teams in the world? Unfortunately, there will be a set of fans that will witness the experimentation and feel cheated. The question is, will it be against Brazil, at the Meadowlands in front of 60,000?

        How serious is the Gold Cup as a competition for US fans? It seems that either Mexico or the USA wins…


        • Posted by Hercules on 2010/08/05 at 10:44 AM

          The Gold Cup in general, I don’t think of as very important. However, this next one coming up gives the winner the region’s bid to the Confederations Cup. The ability to participate there, and possibly gain some momentum publicly as a run in into the final games of qualification, and then into the World Cup was what made this World Cup one of the best. The second Gold Cup of the cycle is right after the Confederations Cup (atleast it was this last year) so, that is pure experimentation, however, that is more for fringe players because it is already very late in the cycle. So, I would put the first Gold Cup as targeting the Confederations Cup rather than experimentation. I think the Confederations Cup experience was invaluable for this last cycle.


    • Posted by Shane_K83 on 2010/08/11 at 12:36 AM

      I Called it here..


  17. Posted by dikranovich on 2010/08/05 at 5:33 AM

    i dont know shane, the last time neymar came to the usa his team got beat by red bulls, who did not even have juan pablo. this looks like a pretty good time for usa to pick up its second win against brasil. its gonna be real nice to see jones, junior, and feilhaber all on the pitch together.


  18. On the one hand, it’s very important for the USA to prepare for the upcoming cycle. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be the best idea to roll out a young and inexperienced line up presenting them with Brazil as their first challenge.

    After this match it would be a good idea for players who will be under 30 years old in 2014 to be capped as many times as possible. To do anything less is just not using all the time available to properly prepare for the World Cup. What particularly concerns me is that DeMerit, Bocanegra, and Cherundolo are beginning to get long in the tooth. The US team has been dependent on those players at the back for a long time now. It is past time to train their replacements.

    Important to field best side at the moment for Gold Cup. Gold Cup is important for USA fans as it’s a chance to win meaningful silverware and gain a berth to Confederations Cup. Confederations Cup provides meaningful matches for silverware and is an excellent way to see which of our players truly have the goods under that sort of pressure and scrutiny. Although a USA v. MEX Gold Cup final is a likely outcome, there will certainly be quality competition from Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, and Panama for starters. United States and Mexico aren’t the only good sides in CONCACAF, not by a long shot.


    • Posted by dth on 2010/08/05 at 4:00 PM

      I think Bradley’s selections, given the constraints he has, were pretty much perfect. Brazil is no time to mix in too many new players, particularly with only one practice together. Not a great idea.

      On the other hand, the Poland friendly is the one I think we should start seeing some of the new guys: Gonzalez, (one of) Alston and Franklin, perhaps Diskerud?


  19. According to a German report, according to Ives, Jermaine Jones turned down the call-up. USSF has yet to confirm. But if this is true, I’ll be pretty upset with Bob Bradley, does he even contact the players before formulating the roster?? Seriously


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