Thursday, June 19, 2008

US MNT Releases Players Ahead of Barbados Second Leg

U.S. Coach Bob Bradley has released ten players to rejoin their clubs prior to Sunday's second leg of World Cup Qualifier against Barbados.

The players released are almost all MLS players, which will allow those players to play for their clubs this weekend. The players are:

Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC)
Steve Cherundulo (Hannover 96)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Brad Guzan (Chivas USA)
Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew)
Maurice Edu (Toronto FC)
Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA)
Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
Matt Reis (New England Revolution)

Danny Szetela, who plays for Serie B team Brescia Calcio has been recalled to the squad.

Other players I would like to see called into to play this weekend.

Kenny Cooper (Dallas FC)
Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards)
Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo)

I would expect to see Dominic Cervi or Chris Seitz in the net for the U.S. this weekend, although Matt Reis would have been a good selection. I would hope that Coach Bob Bradley would start something different than his bucket 4-4-2. With both Edu and Mastoeni leaving camp, could Freddy Adu finally get a start and a full match in the midfield? Probably not since Bradley likes the combo of Michael Bradley and Ricardo Clark in the middle.

Eddie Johnson is practically assured of a start up top and perhaps he can continue his goals scoring touch in qualifiers.

Bradley will announce a roster, probably tomorrow for Sunday's match.

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