23-man Gold Cup Roster Announced


Bradley has announced the official roster for the Gold Cup:

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
July 3-26, 2009

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club Caps/G
1 Perkins, Troy GK 6-2 190 07/20/81 Worthington, Ohio Valerenga IF (Norway) 1/0
2 Pearce, Heath D 5-10 175 08/13/84 Modesto, Calif. Hansa Rostock
3 Goodson, Clarence D 6-4 170 05/17/82 Alexandria, Va. IK Start (Norway) 2/0
4 Marshall, Chad D 6-4 190 08/22/84 Riverside, Calif. Columbus Crew 4/1
5 Beckerman, Kyle M 5-10 165 04/23/82 Crofton, Md. Real Salt Lake 3/0
6 Cherundolo, Steve D 5-6 145 02/19/79 San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany) 51/2
7 Rogers, Robbie M 5-10 165 05/12/87 Huntington Beach, Calif. Columbus Crew 1/0
8 Pause, Logan M 5-10 155 08/22/81 Hillsborough, N.C. Chicago Fire 0/0
9 Davies, Charlie F 5-10 160 06/25/86 Manchester, N.H. Hammarby IF (Sweden) 9/2
10 Holden, Stuart M


160 08/01/85 Houston, Texas Houston Dynamo 0/0
11 Ching, Brian F 6-1 195 05/24/78 Haleiwa, Hawaii Houston Dynamo 36/9
12 Conrad, Jimmy D 6-2 185 02/12/77 Temple City, Calif. Kansas City Wizards 24/1
13 Clark, Colin M 5-11 161 04/11/84 Ft. Collins, Colo. Colorado Rapids 0/0
14 Parkhurst, Michael D 5-11 155 01/24/84 Providence, R.I. FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark) 5/0
15 Cronin, Sam M 5-10 165 12/12/86 Winston-Salem, N.C. Toronto FC 0/0
16 Heaps, Jay D 5-9 155 08/02/76 Longmeadow, Mass. New England Revolution 0/0
17 Cooper, Kenny F 6-3 210 10/21/84 Dallas, Texas FC Dallas 4/2
18 Robles, Luis GK 6-1 180 05/11/84 Fort Huachuca, Ariz. FC Kaiserslautern (Germany) 0/0
19 Adu, Freddy F 5-8 140 06/02/89 Potomac, Md. AS Monaco (France) 13/1
20 Quaranta, Santino F 6-1 185 10/14/84 Baltimore, Md. D.C. United 11/0
21 Evans, Brad M 6-1 160 04/20/85 Phoenix, Ariz. Seattle Sounders 0/0
22 Arnaud, Davy M 6-0 165 06/22/80 Nederland, Texas Kansas City Wizards 2/0
23 Busch, Jon GK 5-10 165 08/18/76 Albany, N.Y. Chicago Fire 1/0

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)


So – what do I think? Well, it’s a lot more MLS-based than I’d hoped. I don’t understand why Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus) was left off the list in favor of guys like Santino Quaranta and Logan Pause.

Where is Zak Whitbread? Danny Szetela? Sal Zizzo? Preston Zimmerman? Jose Francisco Torres?

I don’t understand the choices here, and frankly, I’m not happy about them.

So what kind of lineup should we expect? I’d take this as my first, shoot-from-the-hip guess:

Ching       Davies


Rogers                    Holden


Pearce                                Cherundolo

Conrad         Goodson


Considering that Mexico and Canada are also sending “B” lineups, this isn’t the worst lineup ever. But, it’s nowhere near what I had hoped we’d send. Pretty disappointing.


6 Responses

  1. Looks like Bradley just wiped anyone who’s played meaningful minutes in the confed cup withthe exception of Davies.

    I’d love to know the reason behind Torres’ exclusion as well as Szetela’s. Bradley just continues to impress with his decision making : \

    • Torres had an agreement with Pachuca that he would go to the Confederations Cup, but decline an invite to the Gold Cup. Their season starts July 24th in Mexico, so that makes more sense.

      It’s also why Michael Orozco was not called in.

  2. That’s unfortunate because I’d really like to see Torres play some more.

  3. Quaranta should start. He is better than every midfielder on the list other than Holden.

  4. Expanding on my previous comment, here’s the line-up I want to see:





    We need to get it through our heads that there is NO NEED for a “holding striker.” Davies up top with Tino and Adu for support as withdrawn strikers/attacking MFers will be much more successful than having Dolo hit long balls up to Ching all day.

    Why am I so hot on Quaranta? Well, he is unquestionably DC United’s most important contributor this season so far, has a work ethic exceeded by not one other guy on this squad, is tied for second in MLS in assists and also has 3 goals, his crosses are ridiculous, he can take set pieces, and he gets back to defend as well as any attacking middie/striker in the world. Everyone who is writing him off is sorely mistaken. He is clearly better than the likes of Evans and Rogers, who are his peers and whom he has had far more success than this year. Rogers has been nonexistant for Columbus, while Tino just schooled Evans in Seattle on national television last week. He should be starting.

  5. Thanks for the write-ups Kevin. Hope we get to see Quaranta on the field.

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