Thursday, September 30, 2010

Poland and Colombia Roster Released

Couple surprises, but nothing to crazy from Bob Bradley this time, except that this roster does not feature Jonathan Bornstein, Ricardo Clark, or Robbie Findley (praise Jesus).  Here is it:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Étienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)

Mostly European roster here as FC Dallas is the only MLS team to contribute players for the camp.  The capless players are Jermaine Jones, Brek Shea, and Eric Lichaj.  Most surprising inclusions?  Has to be Michael Parkhurst and Brek Shea to be sure.  But I'm perfectly alright with both though.  Parkhurst is playing well with FC Nordsjaelland and Brek Shea is turning in a strong performance with FC Dallas so far this season.

Other Notes:

*Really would've liked to see guys like Hunter Freeman, Ryan Miller, Dominic Cervi, and Mikkel Diskerud. 

*Eddie Johnson back in the mix after working hard at Fulham, he's earned it.

*This roster features three guys who are currently on the rosters of Champions League clubs: Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), and Oguchi Oneywu (AC Milan).  The most ever featured on a US roster. 

*Tim Howard and Brad Guzan will probably split the reps here.  Look for Howard against Poland and Guzan against Colombia.

*Pachuca has a match on the 9th, probably the reason why Hurculez Gomez, Jose Torres, and Marco Vidal were left off.

*The FC Dallas duo of Heath Pearce and Brek Shea won't be joining the camp until October 10.

*People seem to be whining about the exclusion of the LA Galaxy contingent of Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, Omar Gonzalez, and Sean Franklin.  Lets be real here, Donovan has been playing soccer non-stop for over two years, he needs a rest.  Buddle, Gonzalez and Frankin need to concentrate on the MLS playoffs for the Galaxy.  I'd imagine those three get looks in November and/or January.

Poland Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Artur Boruc (AC Fiorentina), Grzegorz Sandomierski (Jagiellonia Białystok), Przemysław Tytoń (Roda JC Kerkrade)
DEFENDERS (7): Kamil Glik (Palermo), Łukasz Mierzejewski (Cracovia Kraków), Dariusz Pietrasiak (Polonia Warszawa), Łukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (Lech Poznań), Hubert Wołąkiewicz (Lechia Gdańsk), Michał Żewłakow (Ankaragucu)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jakub Błaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Grzegorz Bonin (Górnik Zabrze), Radosław Majewski (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matuszczyk (1 FC Koeln)
Adrian Mierzejewski (Polonia Warszawa), Rafał Murawski (Rubin Kazań), Ludovic Obraniak (Lille OSC), Bartosz Salamon (US Foggia)
FORWARDS (5): Kamil Grosicki (Jagiellonia Białystok), Ireneusz Jeleń (AJ Auxerre), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Andrzej Niedzielan (Korona Kielce), Euzebiusz Smolarek (Polonia Warszawa)

Pretty much the full team from Poland, good to see.  It will be a good test for the US, but the last time the two teams met, it was 2008, in Krakow, Poland, which the US won 3-0 on goals from Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, and Eddie Lewis.  Before that, it was a 1-0 win for the US in the snow in Kaiserslautern, Germany through Clint Dempsey.  

Here's a shot at the starting 11 for the match:





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