i'll kick it off with my thoughtsThe U.S. opens its Gold Cup schedule against Canada in Detroit on June 7 followed by matchups against Panama in Tampa on June 11 and Guadeloupe on June 14. The team is set to face Spain in a tuneup game on June 4 in Boston with the same roster.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- I might be the only dude left in the Western hemisphere who wants Bornstein starting
- Freddy Adu is reportedly in great form, interesting
- backing up Tim Howard is the worst
- Agudelo wearing number 9?
Itís a different feel and atmosphere compared to some of the other cities he has lived. Rize is a small town in the northeast of Turkey, and there are no distractions around for miles and he does not have the hot spots or attractions that allure young players. All he has is soccer.
ďItís a small town filled with really nice people, thereís no nightclubs or no malls," Adu says.
Well, it'll beat Canada, thats for sure
Btw, bornstein?!?! Really? He's terrible. Back 4 should be Cherundolo-Onyewu-Demerit-Bocanegra
Last edited by Bay Ridge Jet; 05-24-2011 at 12:35 AM.
Would also love to see Davies get back into form and make the roster once again down the road. He and Altidore together would be nice to see again and Agudelo/Altidore/Davies could potentially be a lot better than the group of forwards we saw last summer.
Agreed on the defense, but even that group leaves a lot to be desired.
Yea it's really terrible that we never landed Subotic. IMO, him not playing for us is worse than Rossi, who grew up idolizing team Italy. He wouldve been our defensive anchor for 10 years.
Prepare yourself for the usual 1-1 ties or 1-0 losses. Still no scorers. Altidore, IMO, will eventually be as big a bust as Gholston. Okay, maybe a wrung on the ladder better.
Altough to be fair the dude he went bonkers on is a real annoying piece of **** and had it coming. If anything Pascal is even more popular now than before.
they need scorers. I don't really have a problem with Bob Bradley keeping his hands off the defense and going with 1 developmental player in Tim Ream. there are like 5 developmental scorers. they need to find someone who can win games. Yes theoretically a jon bornstein might get exploited by a Spain but without goals they don't get that far.
I agree with the thought about Bornstein. He's certainly not a "great" option. But he did play well in the World Cup, for some reason, that gets swept under the "I Hate Bornstein express".
The biggest concern is Tim Chandler deciding not to play. I'm not sure what it means, exactly. I'm looking forward to the Gold Cup though. The Confed Cup experience is some good stuff.
It's not like Tim Chandler is some kind of star. He's a young player with potential to be good. He's playing in the Bundesliga which could lead to people overrating him. we are talking about the 7th or 8th defender which wasn't gonna see much time anyway. It's not like Chandler was going to start over Dolo or Bocanegra... or even deserved to be in that conversation.
Fans love to talk about potential but when the lights are on it's very tough to be an international player with less than 5 caps. they have about 4 or 5 of those guys already at striker.
except for Jer Jones and the 2nd striker the lineup will basically be the same as 2008 WC.