The roster has been announced for the final 2 games of this round of WC Qualifying.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8) : Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)
We will likely see a few scratches and maybe an addition before the October 12th game against Antigua and Barbuda, and the October 16th game against Guatamala.
1) Alan Gordon over Jozy Altidore. wtf is going on? Altidore leads all the Eredivise in scoring, and while he has not found his nitch on the USMNT, surely he MUST be a better option than Alan Gordon. I just... and... okay fine. I understand (but disagree with) the opinion that Altidore should not factor into the national team... but Alan Gordon? Why not at least call on Terrence Boyd, who has shown an eagerness and an athleticisim that could be very valuable for us.
2) With Bocanegra, Dolo, Cameron, and Fabian Johnson, our defense seems to be the most solid it has been in 3 years. Throw in Michael Bradley at holding mid and I like our chances to give up no more than 1 goal in the next 2 games.
3) Love the fact that Joe Corona has been on the roster for the past few training camps and I conitnue to be very excited for his future. Even if he doesn't get a single minute of playing time, being at the training camp is invaluable for his development within this team. Hopefully we can get a multi-goal cushion against Antigua so we can see how he meshes with 1st team guys.