[NETHERLANDS-USA] With no more games scheduled until late May, before which Bob Bradley is expected to name his 23-man roster, here’s a rundown of where players on the bubble stand after their performances in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands ...
DaMarcus Beasley. Thrown into the fray unexpectedly by injury to Holden, he got lively in the second half.
Clarence Goodson. Only played the last few minutes but nearly equalized during a scramble.
Alejandro Bedoya. Overpowered by Wesley Sneijder leading up to second goal, but looks the part offensively and certainly a future prospect.
Maurice Edu. Needed a few minutes to figure it out, grew in stature as match unfolded.
Stuart Holden. Rarely got the ball, tried to play a few combinations before getting wiped out by Nigel de Jong tackle. Now out with a broken leg.
Heath Pearce. Played the last 20 minutes after a good showing last week against El Salvador. Shortage at left back gives him a decent chance.
Jose Francisco Torres. Only played the first 45 minutes and failed to intervene on first Dutch goal. Showed good touches, and cracked one shot over the bar, but couldn’t keep possession under pressure.
Jonathan Bornstein. May have already earned a spot, yet may not be savvy enough to play outside and isn’t tough or rugged enough to handle the middle at a World Cup.
Robbie Findley. Not nearly impressive enough to raise his stock.
Eddie Johnson. Didn’t get much time and didn’t do much.