United States Names Final, 23-Man 2010 World Cup Roster

The 23 men who will try to claim the United States' first World Cup have been announced by coach Bob Bradley and U.S. Soccer, with the final team including no surprise inclusions or omissions.  However, the bubble burst for seven players who, brought into camp, were left off the squad.

The big winners of the battles for the last roster spots, all forwards:  Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, and Herculez Gomez.  The seven players who will miss the World Cup: defenders Heath Pearce and Chad Marshall; midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers; forwards Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson.

In goal, Bob Bradley takes the same three `keepers brought into camp.  Tim Howard will be Bradley's number one.  Brad Guzan put himself in-line to back-up the Everton star, getting the start against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.  Wolverhampton Wanderers' Marcus Hahnemann rounds-out Bob Bradley's goalkeeping crew.

In defense, captain Carlos Bocanegra leads unit that includes regulars Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector, and Steve Cherundolo.  Oguchi Onyewu, after playing his first match since October on Tuesday night, makes the team, as does Clarence Goodson, who stared as Onyewu's partner in Hartford.  Jonathan Bornstein of Chivas USA is the seventh U.S. defender.

In midfield, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are the incumbent wingers, with Michael Bradley and Ricardo Clark the expected starters in the central positions.  Maurice Edu completes his return from this season's knee problems with a spot on the final roster.  Former Rangers teammate DaMarcus Beasley is also in the team, as is Pachuca's José Francisco Torres.  Squad regulars Benny Feilhaber and Stuart Holden also go to South Africa, with Holden completing his own return from injury.

The forward positions that were so hotly contested see Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley and Herculez Gomez make the team along with Jozy Altidore, thought to be the only lock coming into this national team camp.

The final team will face it's first challenge on Saturday when they face Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.  The team has one more friendly, with Australia in South Africa, ahead of their June 12 World Cup opener against England.

Final Roster

Player Age* Caps Goals Club (Country)
Guzan, Brad 25 16 0 Aston Villa (England)
Hahnemann, Marcus 37 6 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Howard, Tim 31 49 0 Everton (England)
Player Age* Caps Goals Club (Country)
Bornstein, Jonathan 25 30 2 Chivas USA (United States)
Bocanegra, Carlos 31 77 12 Rennes (France)
Cherundolo, Steve 31 58 2 Hannover 96 (Germany)
DeMerit, Jay 30 17 0 Watford (England)
Goodson, Clarence 28 12 2 Start (Norway)
Onyewu, Oguchi 28 52 5 Milan (Italy)
Spector, Jonathan 24 24 0 West Ham United (England)
Player Age* Caps Goals Club (Country)
Beasley, DaMarcus 28 91 17 Rangers (Scotland)
Bradley, Michael 22 41 7 Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Clark, Ricardo 27 27 2 Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Dempsey, Clint 27 60 17 Fulham (England)
Donovan, Landon 28 121 42 Los Angeles Galaxy (United States)
Edu, Maurice 24 13 1 Rangers (Scotland)
Feilhaber, Benny 25 31 2 AGF (Denmark)
Holden, Stuart 24 13 2 Bolton Wanderers (England)
Torres, José Francisco 22 9 0 Pachuca (Mexico)
Player Age* Caps Goals Club (Country)
Altidore, Jozy 20 24 8 Villareal (Spain)
Buddle, Edson 29 2 0 Los Angeles Galaxy (United States)
Findley, Robbie 24 4 0 Real Salt Lake (United States)
Gomez, Herculez 28 3 1 Puebla (Mexico)

* - age as of June 11, 2010

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