Bradley announces Gold Cup rosterBy ASN Staff • Jun 25th, 2009 • Category: World Cup Notebook/Senior Nats
The day after the U.S. Men’s National Team’s historic upset of Spain in the Confederations Cup semifinals, head coach Bob Bradley announced the 23-player roster that will represent the U.S. at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup July 3 to July 26, 2009.
The Gold Cup kicks off July 3, with the Yanks’ first game against Grenada at Seattle’s Qwest Field on Saturday night, July 4. The team then crosses the country to face Honduras on July 8 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., before rounding out group play against Haiti on July 11 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Only four players from the Confederations Cup squad (Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Heath Pearce and Luis Robles) are named to the Gold Cup roster, with only one (Davies) having seen regular playing time in South Africa. The roster also includes the return of regular starters Steve Cherundolo and Brian Ching from injury. Cherundolo, sidelined after hip surgery, has not appeared since Oct. 11, 2008, against Cuba, and Ching returns after missing the last two FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup with a hamstring strain.
Overall, just six players on the roster have more than 10 caps, with Cherundolo leading the way at 51 international appearances. Seven players – including Robles – will be looking to make their U.S. National Team debut, while another nine have five or fewer caps. The 23-man roster averages just eight caps against the 27-cap average for the 2009 Confederations Cup roster as Bradley let most of the regular national team players either return to their clubs or have a brief break before starting training camp for the 2009-10 season.
Three goalkeepers on included on the roster, but only two will be with the team to begin the tournament. Troy Perkins joins the U.S. with one career cap, a 90-minute appearance in January’s 3-2 victory against Spain. Luis Robles of FC Kaiserslautern has been training with the team since May 26 and is still in search of his first appearance. Jon Busch will remain with the Chicago Fire unless needed due to suspension or injury.
The U.S. is seeking to become the second team to win three consecutive Gold Cups, having claimed the crown in 2005 and 2007. Mexico won three consecutive titles from 1993 to 1998 and also won in 2003.
U.S. Men’s National Team Roster: 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)