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Gold Cup alters MLS action in July
by Ridge Mahoney, June 30th, 2009 7:01AM

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[MLS] To the rigors of travel and summer heat comes the biennial player drain known as the Concacaf Gold Cup. Numerous changes to the Gold Cup rosters altered yet again the options and choices for MLS coaches.

Fire coach Denis Hamlett does not lose midfielder John Thorrington, who had been included on the preliminary U.S. roster. Instead, along with Costa Rican defender Gonzalo Segares, he'll be without holding midfielder Logan Pause and could lose starting keeper Jon Busch, who has been designated as the No. 3 keeper to be summoned only in case of suspension or injury.

As the list below indicates, Houston doesn't lose Ricardo Clark, a stalwart performer at the Confederations Cup who had been on the preliminary roster. But forward Brian Ching, knocked out of that tournament by an injury, has been recalled for the Gold Cup along with midfielder Stuart Holden.

Since the preliminary lists were submitted, Canadian international Kevin Harmse has been traded by Toronto FC to Chivas USA. In exchange, TFC got the rights to forward Ali Gerba, who signed with the club last week and is also on the Gold Cup roster. Notable by his absence, though, is Dwayne De Rosario.

As of Monday, the status of Chivas USA defender Shavar Thomas -- named on the preliminary list -- was unsettled. Teams could name up to 30 players on the preliminary roster; Thomas was apparently not included on the final 23-man list but when Jamaica couldn't get Andy Williams and Marlon King, it appealed to Concacaf to add Thomas despite the deadline for submission having already passed.

The Gold Cup will be played in 13 U.S. cities from July 3-26. The first round concludes July 11, so some players may return to their league clubs after missing just two MLS games this weekend and next.

Players whose names are [in brackets] were on preliminary rosters and not on the final roster. Those marked with an asterisk* were added to the final roster. International players are listed first, followed by U.S. players.

MLS ABSENCES FOR GOLD CUP
Chicago - Gonzalo Segares (Costa Rica), [John Thorrington], Jon Busch*, Logan Pause*.
Chivas USA - [Ante Jazic], Kevin Harmse (both Canada), Shavar Thomas (Jamaica)?, [Jonathan Bornstein].
Colorado - Omar Cummings (Jamaica), Steward Ceus (Haiti), [Conor Casey, Pablo Mastroeni], Colin Clark*.
Columbus - Chad Marshall, [Eddie Gaven], Robbie Rogers.
D.C. United - Dejan Jakovic (Canada), Santino Quaranta*.
FC Dallas - Kenny Cooper.
Houston - Andre Hainault (Canada), [Ricardo Clark], Stuart Holden, Brian Ching*.
Kansas City - Roger Espinoza (Honduras), Davy Arnaud, Jimmy Conrad*.
Los Angeles - Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica).
New England - Shalrie Joseph (Grenada), Jay Heaps*.
New York - Dane Richards (Jamaica), Alfredo Pacheco (El Salvador).
Real Salt Lake - Will Johnson (Canada), Jean Alexandre (Haiti), Kyle Beckerman*.
Seattle - Tyrone Marshall (Jamaica), Brad Evans*.
Toronto FC - [Nyan Attakora-Gyan, Dwayne DeRosario, Adrian Serioux], Ali Gerba*, (all Canada), [Marvell Wynne], Sam Cronin*

 



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