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Despite being one of, if not the greatest soccer players to ever suit up for Grenada, Shalrie Joseph has just 30 caps. Apparently, he won't be getting his 31st during the 2011 Gold Cup as Joseph has opted to remain with the New England Revolution.
"I think the best decision was to stay and play for the Revolution," Joseph told MLSsoccer.com. "I’m the captain. Guys look up to me. They need me to be to there in a time we’re in desperate need. I couldn’t afford to leave them and walk away."
Also skipping at least the Gold Cup's group stage is Colorado Rapids forward Omar Cummings. His Rapids and potential Jamaican teammate Tyrone Marshall has said he is also considering staying with his club, at least for the early rounds. Cummings has not played in a competitive match since suffering an injury on May 4, but is expected to return to action this week.
One of the biggest complaints about MLS is that they are not on the international calendar with a schedule that runs from August to May. Instead, they play through the summer, when many international tournaments are being played. That means that it is not unusual for teams to play without some of their best players that are off playing for their country. With MLS increasing in quality and bringing in more players from throughout the region, this is becoming more of a problem and one that the league will face this june with 10 of the 12 teams in the CONCACAF Gold Cup calling up players from MLS.
One player who had been called up, but had yet to decide if he would play in the Gold Cup is Shalrie Joseph. The midfielder is one of the top players in the league and the most important New England Revolution player. On Thursday, the team learned that he had accepted a call up to play for Grenada at the Gold Cup, leaving the Revolution with a huge hole in their team, especially since fellow midfielder Benny Feilhaber will be playing for the United States. Stoehurst, from SBN's Revolution blog The Bent Musket, took a look at how the Revs will handle the absence of Joseph and Feilhaber.
If Coach Nicol wants to stick to the 4-3-3 he's been doggedly implementing this season then his first-choice midfield against FC Dallas on June 4th will likely be Stephen McCarthy, Pat Phelan and Ousmane Dabo. That's assuming Dabo is healthy, of course. Phelan hasn't gotten much play lately this season thanks to the acquisition of Feilhaber and Nicol's preference for McCarthy, which should tell you everything you need to know about his confidence in Phelan's ability to replicate what Joseph and Feilhaber bring to the table. McCarthy has had a surprising rookie campaign but he has a tendency to go absent in matches and hasn't yet learned the instincts necessary to become a consistent passing outlet like Joseph and Dabo. A decent midfield (and Dallas certainly have a decent midfield) can mark him straight out of the game.
The Revolution are in an unenvious position without Joseph and Feilhaber. The one positive is that Grenada is not expected to do well in the tournament, meaning Joseph could be back with the Revs after missing only a few matches. Of course, the Revolution are hardly the only team in MLS that will have to do without key players. The Los Angeles Galaxy will be without Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts, among others. Sporting Kansas City will miss four players and the New York Red Bulls are in the biggest lurch, losing five players to the Gold Cup, including Rafa Marquez and Juan Agudelo
A total of 32 MLS players were named to 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup rosters, with those players appearing on 10 of the 12 team's rosters. Only Cuba and Panama are without MLS players.
The team with the most MLS players was, surprisingly, neither Canada (six) nor the United States (seven), as Jamaica named nine MLS players to their 23-man roster. Among the MLS players on Jamaica's roster are goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, forward Omar Cummings and midfielder Dane Richards. Guatemala, Grenada and El Salvadaor each named to MLS players to their rosters.
The MLS team to have the most players called into national duty was the New York Red Bulls, who had five players called into national duty. In addition to Richards, Tim Ream (USA), Juan Agudelo (USA), Dwayne De Rosario (Canada) and Rafael Marquez (Mexico) were also named to Gold Cup rosters. Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake each had four players called up.
There were 23 players who compete professionally in England named to Gold Cup rosters with 12 of those from the EPL. There were 18 players called in from the Mexican Primera.
Goalkeepers: Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga/NOR) , Milan Borjan (SK Rad/SVK), Haidar Al-Shaibani (Nimes Olympique/FRA)
Defenders: Nikolas Ledgerwood (SV Wehen Wiesbaden/GER), Michael Klukowski (Ankaragücü/TUR), Kevin McKenna (Koln/GER), Andre Hainault (Houston Dynamo/USA), Terence Dunfield (Vancouver Whitecaps), Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake/USA), Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United/USA), Marcel de Jong (Augsburg/GER), Jaime Peters (Ipswich Town/ENG)
Midfielders: Julian de Guzman (Toronto FC), Josh Simpson (Manisaspor/TUR), Pedro Pacheco (Santa Clara/POR), Atiba Hutchinson (PSV Eindhoven/HOL), Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (SC Preußen Münster/GER), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Horsens/DEN)
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Albacete/SPA), Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Donny Grant (San Carlos)
Defenders: Jhonny Acosta (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Jose Salvatierra (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Oscar Duarte (Saprissa), Dennis Marshall (Aalborg/DEN), Junior Diaz (Club Brugges/BEL), Bryan Oviedo (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Heiner Mora (Santos de Guapiles), Christian Gamboa (Fredrikstad/NOR)
Midfielders: Celso Borges (Fredrikstad/NOR), David Guzman (Saprissa), Jose Cubero (Herediano), Allen Guevara (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Christian Bolanos (FC Copenhagen/DEN)
Forwards: Diego Madrigal (Cerro Porteno/POR), Joel Campbell (Saprissa), Marco Urena (Kuban Krasnodar/RUS), Bryan Ruiz (FC Twente/HOL), Randall Brenes (Brujas), Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake/USA), Josue Martinez (Saprissa)
Goalkeepers: Odelin Molina (Villa Clara), Odisnel Cooper (Camaguey), Julio Pichardo (Las Tunas)
Defenders: Yenier Marquez (Villa Clara), Reysander Fernandez (Ciego de Avila), Hanier Dranguet (Guantanamo), Alianni Urgelles (Guantanamo), Jorge Luis Clavelo (Villa Clara)
Midfielders: Yoel Colome (Ciudad de la Habana), Carlos D. Francisco (Santiago de Cuba), Alain Cervantes (Ciego de Avila), Jaine Colome Valencia (Ciudad de la Habana), Alberto Gomez (Guantanamo), Dagoberto Quesada (Camaguey), Francisco Carranza (Cienfuegos), Marcel Hernandez (Ciudad de la Habana)
Forwards: Sander Fernandez (Ciego de Avila), Roberto Linares (Villa Clara), Yaudel Lahera (Ciudad de la Habana), Yosniel Mesa (Cienfuegos), Ariel Martinez (Sancti Spiritus)
Goalkeepers: Dagoberto Portillo (Once Municipal), Miguel Ángel Montes (Metapán), Juan José Gómez (Firpo).
Defenders: Marvin René González (Águila), Luis Anaya ( Universidad de El Salvador), Moisés Xavier García (Luis Angel Firpo), Steve Purdy (Portland Timbers/USA), Deris Ariel Umanzor (Águila), Reynaldo Hernández (Vista Hermosa).
Midfielders: Dennis Jonathan Alas (Luis Angel Firpo), Víctor Samuel Turcios (Luis Angel Firpo), Gilberto Baires (Marte), Jaime Enrique Alas (Firpo), Eliseo Quintanilla (Luis Angel Firpo), Ramón Sánchez (Aguila), William Osael Romero (Aguila), Shawn Martin (Águila).
Forwards: Edwin Sánchez (Universidad de El Salvador), Andrés Flores (Metapán), Rodolfo Zelaya (Alianza), Arturo Álvarez (Real Salt Lake/USA)
Goalkeepers: Andray Baptiste (Police FC), Desmond Noel (QPR), Shemel Louison (Fontenoy FC)
Defenders: Shanon Phillip (Hurricane), Casim Langaigne (Hurricane), Benedict Modeste (QPR), David Cyrus (Ossett Town/ENG), Clive Murray (Paradise), Marc Marshall (GBSS), Leon Johnson (Wycombe Wanderers FC/ENG)
Midfielders: Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution/USA), Shane Rennie (Paradise), Ricky Charles (QPR), Patrick Modeste (QPR), Lancaster Joseph (Hurricane), Craig Rocaste (Sporting Kansas City/USA), Moron Phillip (Hurricane), Dwayne Leo (South Stars)
Forwards: Delroy Facey (Lincoln City FC/ENG), Bradley Bubb (Farnborough/ENG), Marcus Julien (ESS), Anthony Straker (Aldershot Town/ENG), Kithson Bain (Carolina Railhawks/USA)
Goalkeepers: Christophe Olol (L'Union Sainte Rosienne), Franck Grandel (Dijon/FRA), Fabrice Mercury (Moule)
Defenders: Miguel Cominges (Southern United/ENG), Jean-Marc Hatchi (Caen/FRA), Julien Ictoi (Moule), Jean-Luc Lambourde (Amical Marie Galante), Mickael Tacalfred (Stade de Reims/FRA), Eddie Viator (Unattached), Ulick Liupede (Naval 1º de Maio/POR)
Midfielders: Stephane Auvray (Sporting Kansas City/USA), Dimitri Fautrai (Etoile de Morne à l'Eau)i, Larry Clavier (Freamunde/POR), Cedric Collet (Beauvais/FRA), David Fleurival (Metz/FC), Thomas Gamiette (Stade de Reims/FRA), Gregory Gendrey (R.O.C. Charleroi/BEL), Loic Loval (Vannes/FRA), Thery Racon (Charlton/ENG)
Forwards: Ludovic Gotin (Moule), Brice Jovial (Le Havre/FRA), Livio Nabab (Caen/FRA), Richard Socrier (Ajaccio/FRA)
Goalkeepers: Ricardo Jerez (Universidad), Paulo Cesar Motta (Mictlan), Juan Jose Paredes (Comunicaciones)
Defenders: Jonathan Lopez (Deportivo Marquense), Henry Medina (Heredia), Gustavo Cabrera (Municipal), Carlos Gallardo (Universidad), Edwin Gonzalez (Mictlan), Cristian Noriega (Municipal), Carlos Castrillo (Comunicaciones), Elias Enoc (Comunicaciones)
Midfielders: Carlos Figueroa (Xelaju), Guillermo Ramirez (Motagua/HON), Gonzalo Romero (Municipal), Wilfred Velasquez (Suchitepequez), Marco Pablo Pappa (Chicago Fire/USA), Manuel Leon (Universidad), Jose Manuel Contreras (Comunicaciones), Jose del Aguila (Comunicaciones)
Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Orlin Vallecillo (Marathon)
Defenders: Mauricio Sabillon (Marathon), Brayan Beckeles (Vida), Edder Delgado (Real Espana), Osman Chavez (Wisla Crakow/POL), Johnny Leveron (Motagua), Victor Bernardez (Anderlecht/BEL), Maynor Figueroa (Wigan/ENG), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/SCO)
Midfielders: Wilson Palacios (Tottenham/ENG), Hendry Thomas (Wigan/ENG), Javier Portillo (Olimpia), Alfredo Mejia (Real Espana), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Olimpia), Walter Martinez (Beijing Guoan/CHI), Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City/USA), Ramon Nunez (Leeds United/ENG)
Forwards: Carlo Costly (Atlas/MEX), Jerry Bengtson (Motagua), Eddie Hernandez (Platense), Emil Martinez (Motagua)
Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy/USA), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/SWE), Duwayne Kerr (Strommen IF/SWE)
Defenders: Shavar Thomas (Sporting Kansas City/USA), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo/USA), Demar Phillips (Aalesunds FK), Adrian Reid (Valerenga/NOR), Eric Vernan (Nybergsund IL/NOR), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC/USA), Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers/ENG), Tyrone Marshall (Colorado Rapids/USA)
Midfielders: Omar Daley (Bradford City/ENG), Jason Morrison (Aalesund/NOR), Richard Edwards (Harbour View), Jevaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo/USA), Damian Williams (Nybergsund IL/NOR), Keammar Daley (Tivoli Gardens), Rodolph Austin (SK Brann/NOR), Navion Boy (Tivoli Gardens),
Goalkeepers: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (America), Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey)
Defenders: Edgar Duenas (Toluca), Ricardo Osorio (Monterrey), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Efrain Juarez (Celtic FC/SCO), Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls/USA), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (PSV Eindhoven/HOL), Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar/HOL), Carlos Salcido (Fulham/ENG)
Forwards: Angel Reyna (America), Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Elias Hernandez (Morelia), Giovanni Dos Santos (Racing de Santander/SPA), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United/ENG), Pablo Barrera (West Ham United/ENG)
Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Municipal/GUA), Luis Mejia (Toulouse/FRA), Kevin Melgar (Alianza)
Defenders: Luis Henriquez (Lech Poznan/POL), Felipe Baloy (Santos/MEX), Harold Cummings (River Plate/URU), Roman Torres (Atletico Nacional/COL), Eduardo Dasent (Atletico Bucaramanga/COL), Adolfo Machado (Comunicaciones/GUA)
Midfielders: Nelson Barahona (Caracas FC/VEN), Gabriel Gomez (La Equidad/COL), Amilcar Henriquez (Atletico Huila/COL), Alberto Quintero (Ontynient/SPA), Eric Davis (Arabe Unido), Armando Cooper (Arabe Unido), Gabriel Torres (San Francisco), Eybir Bonaga (San Francisco), Anibal Godoy (Chepo), Aramis Haywood (Plaza Amador)
Forwards: Luis Tejada (Juan Aurich/PER), Blas Perez (Leon/MEX), Renan Addles (The Strongest/BOL), Luis Renteria (Real Cartagena/COL)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne/FRA), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres/MEX), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover/GER), Clarence Goodson (Brondby/DEN), Eric Lichaj (Leeds/ENG), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente/HOL), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United/ENG)
Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Rizespor/TUR), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa/ENG), Clint Dempsey (Fulham/ENG), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers/SCO), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers/ENG), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/BEL), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Six MLS players were named to Canada's Gold Cup roster, according to Canadian Soccer News, but no team will lose more than one. Dwayne DeRosario, who will apparently play in the tournament over New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe's objections, is probably the biggest name. De Rosario has scored 15 international goals in 55 appearances.
Also named to Canada's Gold Cup roster were De Rosario's former Toronto FC teammate Julian de Guzman, the Houston Dynamo's Andre Hainault, Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Terry Dunfield, Real Salt Lake midfielder Will Johnson and DC United defender Dejan Jakovic.
1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2 D/M- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / SV Wehen Wiesbaden
3- D/M- Mike Klukowski |
4- CB- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
5- CB- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
6- M- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Toronto FC
7- M- Terry Dunfield | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Rob Friend | GER / Hertha BSC
10- F- Ali Gerba | CAN / Impact Montréal
11- M- Josh Simpson | TUR / Vestel Manisaspor
12- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
14- F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / New York Red Bulls
15- D- Dejan Jakovic | USA / DC United
16- M/F- Tosaint Ricketts | ROM / FC Politehnica Timiþoara
17- M- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
18- GK- Milan Borjan | SRB / FK Rad
19- M- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
20- D- Jaime Peters | ENG / Ipswich Town FC
21- M- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault | GER / SC Preußen Münster
22- GK- Haidar Al-Shaïbani | FRA / Nîmes Olympique
23- M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | DEN / AC Horsens
Steve Purdy has been named to El Salvador's Gold Cup roster. The Portland Timbers fullback has played 540 minutes during his first MLS season, but has recently lost his starting position to Jeremy Hall.
Although born in California, Purdy is eligible to play for El Salvador because his mother is Salvadoran. This is the first time he has been called into international duty.
El Salvador has historically been one of the weaker Central American countries, having failed to advance out of the first round of the last three Gold Cups and just twice in the past 10 tournaments. They last advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002 and 2003. Their best ever finish was runner-up in the first-ever Gold Cup in 1963 and in 1981. Since then, they have never finished any better than fifth, in 1989.
The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup doesn't start until June 5, but 23-man rosters have slowly started to be released. Even before the United States' roster is announced on Monday, there are already plenty of MLS players that will be participating. There has also been at least one notable name omitted: Andy Najar.
The DC United youngster announced his intentions to play for Honduras in April, and many expected that his being named to their Gold Cup roster was a mere formality. But after what appears to be a miscommunication between their federation and the United front office, Najar was not included on the preliminary roster.
Honduras reportedly asked that Najar be released from United on May 26 so that he could play in a Gold Cup warmup match against El Salvador. But United have league matches on May 29 and June 3, and requested that Najar still around until then. Honduras, which opens play on June 6, reportedly declined he June 3 request, but never responded to the May 29 one. One other MLS player, Sporting Kansas City Roger Espinoza, was named to Honduras' roster.
Other MLS players already named to Gold Cup rosters include Rafael Marquez (Mexico), Shalrie Joseph (Grenada) and Stephane Auvray (Guadeloupe). Among the players expected to get the call for the United States are Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Landon Donovan, Jay DeMerit, Heath Pearce,
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