Who should Bob Bradley call in vs. Mexico?August 5, 2009 • By Soccer By Ives
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The U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Estadio Azteca will take place exactly a week from now and while we know what players Mexico has brought in for the match, we still haven't heard who the United States will be calling in.
That should change on Thursday, when we are expected to find out what players U.S. coach Bob Bradley will turn to in his attempt to snap the U.S. team's winless funk in Mexico. Some of the players on the list are easy enough to figure out, such as everybody in the above picture (the starting lineup vs. Spain in the Confederations Cup for those of you wondering).
That leaves about nine more spots for a 20-man roster. So who else might we see? Here is a potential 20-man roster:
Projected USA roster vs. Mexico
Goalkeepers- Tim Howard, Brad Guzan
Defenders- Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Jay DeMerit, Jonathan Spector, Steve Cherundolo, Chad Marshall, Jonathan Bornstein
Midfielders- Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber, Jose Francisco Torres, Stuart Holden
Forwards- Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies, Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper
I was torn between adding one more defender or Cooper, so it wouldn't shock me if Clarence Goodson or Dan Califf got the call ahead of Cooper. Kyle Beckerman is also someone we could see. Jonathan Bornstein edges out Frankie Hejduk for the last defender spot (I originally included Hejduk, but Bornstein is a natural left back option whose speed makes him a viable back-up).
The U.S. team will convene in Miami on Sunday for a three-day camp before departing for Mexico City on Tuesday, the day before the qualifier.
What do you think of this group? What players would you like to see on the list who aren't on it?
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