[USA]Coach Bob Bradley dipped deeply into the ranks of the vanquished to pick a preliminary squad of 19 players for next week's World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in Commerce City, Colo., Nov. 19. Teams that missed the MLS playoffs - including Colorado, Toronto FC and FC Dallas - as well as those eliminated last weekend in the conference semifinals fill most of the slots.
Training is scheduled to begin Wednesday and continue until Sunday, at which point Bradley will revise his choices and name another squad of players that will be eligible for the game-day roster.
Players from MLS teams eliminated in this weekend's conference finals and those with European clubs could be added. Landon Donovan left for Germany last weekend to train with Bayern Munich; his status for the Guatemala game isn't known. A top candidate to be added from Europe is forward Charlie Davies, who finished his Swedish season with 14 goals for Hammarby. Already on the list is former D.C. United keeper keeper Troy Perkins, who won the Norwegian Cup with Valerenga on Sunday.
Some of the domestic players have been inactive since the last weekend of the MLS season, Oct. 25-26, and will need the pre-camp to reestablish enough fitness to stay in contention. Perkins, former Dallas defender Clarence Goodson (IK Start/Norway) and ex-Fire keeper Matt Pickens (out of contract) are the only non-MLS players named to the preliminary roster.
Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who signed a new MLS contract this week after attracting little interest from clubs abroad, leads a list of five Rapids named to the preliminary roster.
FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper, who turned down an invitation last month due to illness and club commitments, is joined on the roster by teammate Drew Moor, who has also inked a new deal to stay in MLS. Defender Michael Parkhurst is the only Revs' player named to the squad and earning a cap might spur more interest from Europe, a move to which he is considering with his MLS contract about to expire.
The U.S. plays Guatemala at Dick's Sporting Goods Park next Wednesday, Nov. 19, which is the final FIFA international date of 2008. Teams are obligated to release their players, yet MLS Cup participants will be excluded and Bradley will weigh his European options carefully with some national team players starting regularly for their clubs, and others getting scant playing time.
USA Training Camp Roster (Nov. 12-15)
PLAYER (Pos.) Caps/Goals Club
Arnaud, Davy (F) 1/0 Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Barrett, Chad (F) 1/0 Toronto FC (MLS)
Bornstein, Jonathan (D) 12/1 Chivas USA (MLS)
Casey, Conor (F) 8/0 Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Ching, Brian (F) 32/10 Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Clark, Colin (M) 0/0 Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo (M) 15/1 Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny (F) 2/1 FC Dallas (MLS)
Edwards, Brian (GK) 0/0 Toronto FC (MLS)
Franklin, Sean (D) 0/0 Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Gibbs, Cory (D) 19/0 Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Goodsen, Clarence (D) 1/0 IK Start (Norway)
Kljestan, Sacha (M) 11/0 Chivas USA (MLS)
LaBrocca, Nick (M) 0/0 Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Mastroeni, Pablo (M) 61/0 Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Moor, Drew (D) 5/0 FC Dallas (MLS)
Parkhurst, Michael (D) 3/0 New England Revolution (MLS)
Perkins, Troy (GK) 0/0 Valerenga IF (Norway)
Pickens, Matt (GK) 0/0 out of contract
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
Brian Edwards (Toronto FC), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF), Matt Pickens (out of contract)
Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Nick LaBrocca (Colorado Rapids), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids)
Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Chad Barrett (Toronto FC), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas)