United States Camp Focus – Provisional World Cup Squad Released

The USA has released their provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup including a host of Premier League names.

United States coach Bob Bradley has listed six stars from England’s top league, including Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey and West Ham defender Jonathan Spector. The other English-based players to make the cut contain Bolton’s injury-plagued midfielder Stuart Holden, Hull striker Jozy Altidore and Aston Villa’s stopper Brad Guzan. The big news within the camp focuses on striker, Charlie Davies, after his exclusion from the squad. The Sochaux player was involved in a car crash seven months ago that left a passenger dead and Davies severely injured.

After seven months of intense training and niggling injuries hampering his comeback, he hoped to force his way into the squad but it appears as though it all came too soon.

Coach, Bradley, stated that his French Ligue 1 team had not given a full medical clearance for the player and, therefore, was not able to be released for the training camp that starts in three days time. Another player who missed out on selection is former prodigy Freddy Adu. After a bright start to his career in the MLS the 20 year-old is now on loan with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki having failed to impress at Portugal’s Benfica

Other player will soon be heading for the exit door as well though as Bradley will need to carve the squad down to a maximum of 23 players. Currently his squad contains three goalkeepers, who all ply their trade in England’s Premier League, although these players are not likely to worry about losing their place on the plane to South Africa. In defence he has named nine players, including AC Milan star, Oguchi Onyewu. The centre-back has dealt with a number of racial issues throughout his career but will be hoping for a trouble-free time this summer. Along with these big names is a list of twelve mid-fielders, including David Beckham’s LA Galaxy team-mate, Landon Donovan.

The USA captain enjoyed a successful spell in England this season having teamed up with shot stopper, Tim Howard, at Everton. The midfielder joined on loan following the conclusion of the MLS season and flourished under David Moyes’ guidance. Having bagged two goals in his ten appearances for the Toffees, Donovan will be aiming to add to his 42 goals in 121 caps this summer. Up front Bradley has included six strikers, although it is likely this group will be shortened down to four come the final squad announcement. Los Angeles Galaxy striker Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez of Mexican side Puebla were the surprise inclusions of the squad.

Buddle is the leading scorer in Major League Soccer with nine goals, while Gomez is sharing the honour of the highest scorer in the Mexican league after netting 10 goals this season. The USA team have scheduled two home friendlies against the Czech Republic and Turkey before they face Australia in a warm up match in South Africa.It will be here that the Americans will take on Fabio Capello and the England team on June 12th in group C’s opening game.

Whoever makes the cut will have their hands filled if they are to stop the top European scorers in qualifying. Although shades of 2002’s win against Portugal will keep American spirits high.

Provisional 30-man USA squad:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa,) Tim Howard (Everton,)Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves.)

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes,) Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas,) Steve Cherundolo (Hannover,) Jay DeMerit (Watford,)Clarence Goodson (IK Start,)Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew,)Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan,)Heath Pearce (FC Dallas,) Jonathan Spector (West Ham.)

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers,)Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro,) Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach,) Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo,) Clint Dempsey (Fulham,) Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy,) Maurice Edu (Rangers,) Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus,) Stuart Holden (Bolton,)Sacha Kljestan (Chivas,) Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew,) Jose Torres (Pachuca/)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Villarreal,) Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy,) Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo,) Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake,) Herculez Gomez (Puebla,) Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki.)

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