Alejandro Bedoya Replaces Injured Benny Feilhaber On United States Gold Cup Roster

US Soccer has finally announced the 23-man roster that will play for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Alejandro Bedoya To Replace Injured Benny Feilhaber On United States Gold Cup Roster

Benny Feilaber's loss is Alejandro Bedoya's gain. Feilhaber injured his ankle in his New England Revolution's 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday and when he was spotted after the match in a boot with crutches it was widely speculated that the midfielder would not be able to play for the United States in next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup. That speculation became truth on Sunday when the sporting director of Bedoya's club, Orebro in Swden, confirmed that U.S. head coach Bob Bradley called up Bedoya to replaced the injured Feilhaber.

Most expected Bedoya to be on the 23-man roster when it was announced on Monday, but he was left off in one of several roster surprises. It took only six days for him to find his way onto the team though, although it does come at Feilhaber's expense.

Bedoya will be expected to give the Americans some width in the attack during the tournament. The team's only other true winger is the much-maligned Robbie Rogers so Bedoya could find a home as an attacking substitute late on in matches. What will be tough for Bradley is to replace what Feilhaber brought to the team. He spent much of the last two years as the first substitute in the match on the left side of the midfield where he would pinch inside and provide the U.S. with the type of passing and possession they sometimes lack.

The U.S. will open their Gold Cup on June 7 against Canada in Detroit, MI. The Americans are favorites, along with Mexico, to reach the tournament final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on June 25.


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USA Coach Bob Bradley Explains Freddy Adu, Other Gold Cup Roster Decisions

Bob Bradley spoke with the media via a conference call right after the announcement of his roster for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. It's fair to say that most of the media members who asked questions were as confused by some of Bradley's decisions as fans appear to be. If you were hoping for some clear and concise explanations to your concerns, you probably won't feel much better after reading what Bradley had to say.

None the less, the roster is set and here are some highlights from Bob Bradley's conference call...

General thoughts:

"We look at this Gold Cup as such an important tournament for the team. It's a roster we think gives us versatility, experience."

"In addition to being the best team in CONCACAF there's the extra part of the Confederations Cup & what that means..."

On Freddy Adu's inclusion on the roster:

"There are good signs. Freddy is a player who in the past has shown soccer qualities that can help our team."

"This seems like a good opportunity to get him back in with the team as he continues to grow and mature."

"It's an opportunity that has been earned. We felt it was a good time to bring him back in and challenge him"

On Timothy Chandler not making the roster:

"He told us physically and mentally this season has been a long one ... Time wasn't right for this Gold Cup."

On Chris Wondolowski:

"We felt (he) was in good form. He has scored good goals and different types ... gets a couple chances every game"

On Robbie Rogers:

"Ability to run at people, get behind ... playing on both flanks. He's started the season with mobility & energy"

On Oguchi Onyewu:

"He's had some ups & downs with injuries... Been important for him to get back playing & loan to Twente was a good move"

On Herculez Gomez:

"In this case, different things added up in a way and we made decision that we did. Didn't come down to Jozy vs Gomez"

On Jozy Altidore:

"Jozy still young, club form not great, but shown he's important part of team: WC qualifying, Confederations Cup, unlucky in World Cup"

"I will emphatically say that we believe Jozy has done a lot for us and we will continue to put him forward for us because we believe he's a big part of US soccer."


United States Names Gold Cup Roster

At last, Bob Bradley and US Soccer have announced their 23-man roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. The morning began with the news that the roster release would be delayed and that Bradley's noon-ET conference call was being rescheduled for 3pm. American soccer fans seemed fairly unfazed by the delay, having gotten quite used to announcements from MLS and the USSF never being on time. Alright, enough being snarky, time to take a look at the group of players that will try to win to take back the Gold Cup title.

Not surprisingly, with a spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup on the line, Bradley's roster is light on MLS players and heavy on European-based players. Freddy Adu making the roster is a shock...quite honestly, I don't even know what to say about it. Real Salt Lake will not be happy about Nick Rimando being called-up I expect.

2011 United States Men's National Team Gold Cup Roster:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (ENG - Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (ENG - Wolverhampton), Nick RImando (USA - Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Jonathan Spector (ENG - West Ham), Oguchi Onyewu (NED - FC Twente), Carlos Bocanegra (FRA - Saint-Étienne), Jonathan Bornstein (MEX - UANL Tigres), Eric Lichaj (ENG - Leeds United), Tim Ream (USA - New York Red Bulls), Steve Cherundolo (GER - Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (DEN - Brøndby IF)

Midfielders: Michael Bradley (GER - Borussia Mönchengladbach),  Landon Donovan (USA - Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (SCO - Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (USA - New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (GER - Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (BEL - Anderlecht), Freddy Adu (TUR - Rizespor), Robbie Rogers (USA - Columbus Crew)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (USA - New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (SPN - Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (ENG - Fulham), Chris Wondolowski (USA - San Jose Earthquakes)

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