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Break from the past
by Paul Kennedy, December 21st, 2010 1:44PM

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[U.S. MEN] No player from the USA's 2010 World Cup team was named to the 24-player squad that will head to the first U.S. national team training camp of 2011 at the Home Depot Center. Half the squad is uncapped, and seven players are coming off their rookie seasons.

Alejandro Bedoya
is the most experienced player with only six caps, all in 2010. Only 18-year-old Juan Agudelo, who scored in his U.S. debut in November at South Africa, has scored for the USA.

Perhaps the most notable absentee is Bobby Convey, who is coming off an excellent 2010 season with the San Jose Earthquakes. He played for the USA at the 2006 World Cup and was then plagued by injuries. He has reportedly had his differences with U.S. coach Bob Bradley.

Goalie Nick Rimando is the oldest player on the team at 31. Getting second chances are goalie Matt Pickens and defenders Ugo Ihemelu and Marvell Wynne. Veterans getting first shots are Colorado midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and MLS scoring leader Chris Wondolowski, both 27.

"The timing is right to assess many of the younger players and to broaden the player pool as we look forward to the next three years,” said Bradley of the camp that opens Jan. 4. “These extended camps give the coaching staff an opportunity to work with these players closely, and at the same time expose them to what the environment and expectations are like at the international level. We have a good feel for the veteran players in the pool, several of whom are coming off long seasons, and we certainly expect many of them to be part of the program for the important tournaments this year.”

The USA will play its first match of 2011 on Jan. 22 at the Home Depot Center against Chile. It will then travel to Egypt for a game on Feb. 9. The game in Cairo is expected to be the first game of the year with Bradley's first-choice players.

U.S. ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (4):
AGE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G

24 Dominic Cervi (Dundee, Scotland) 0/-
21 *Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire) 0/-
28 Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids) 0/-
31 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 4/-
DEFENDERS (9):
23 A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy) 0/0
25 Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy) 0/0
24 Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy) 1/0
27 Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas) 2/0
23 Zach Loyd (FC Dallas) 0/0
26 Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK, Sweden) 0/0
23 Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls) 1/0
21 *Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids) 0/0
24 Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapid) 4/0
MIDFIELDERS (7):
22 Eric Alexander (FC Dallas) 0/0
23 Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro) 6/0
24 Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes) 2/0
20 *Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway) 1/0
27 Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids) 0/0
23 Dax McCarty (D.C. United) 4/0
20 *Brek Shea (FC Dallas) 1/0
FORWARDS (4):
18 *Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) 1/1
23 Justin Braun (Chivas USA) 0/0
20 *Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City) 1/0
27 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) 0/0

*-eligible for 2012 Olympic team as U-23 player.



0 comments
  1. Ted Westervelt
    commented on: December 22, 2010 at 10:46 a.m.
    Wow. Nice to see that MLS/SUM are finally running things at USMNT. Guess there was some utility in rehiring former company guy Bob Bradley.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: December 22, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.
    My goodness sakes, and gee willikers! Do you think Chile and Egypt will field a "similar" team? So its visions of andles and sugarplum fairies dancing over Banal bradley's head persist!

  1. Derek Mccracken
    commented on: December 22, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
    Some intriguing selections, such as Agudelo and Bunbury. However, the Convey non-pick, as Kennedy points out, is very notable after the very good season, and especially playoffs, he had this year. Too bad to read that he and Bradley have had "differences". I think sometimes the soccer media treat coaches and players with kid gloves. Why can't more writers stick their necks out like Wahl and his book, "The Beckham Experiment"? Why can't more writers ask coaches like, Bradley, "Why?" Why did Bradley not choose Convey? Take the guy to task . . . Make Bradley tell you that it's none of your business . . . Make him storm out of a press conference . . . That's what is going to make news - That's what us fans want: THE TRUTH. Please Mr. and Mrs. Media Folk; do a better job of bringing us the truth and not just some candy-coated version of it. Maybe then our sport will take another step forward into the mainstream. Make some news! We want the truth!

  1. David Huff
    commented on: December 22, 2010 at 12:32 p.m.
    I'm not surprised at all with this latest manifestation of the "Team Bradley" approach as endorsed by MLS/SUM/USSF.

  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: December 26, 2010 at 12:58 a.m.
    Well if this camp is going to be about selecting players to play as our next Olympic Team, well fine...but if this is supposed to be about finding players who might have some real chance of pushing our European based regulars for a shot at next summers GOLD CUP, well it has to be seen as a bit of a joke. Considering that after a good three years now, The Bald One has yet to answer just what we are going to do to fix the problems we've had on our left flank, notably at LB... and to NOT INCLUDE CONVEY!??? This is insane... are we going to say that Boca and Bornstein are the best we can get and stand pat? So now Convey joins Edgar Castillo as players that will not even be given a shot at that wing fullback position by Sponge Bob...this is simply disgraceful and should be labled as such. Is Larentowicz, at age 27 playing in MLS seriously going to push out Jones, Bradley, Edu, Holden, Torres, Feilhaber, or even McCarty? Hell why not go whole hog and bring back Logan Pause and Brian Carroll...this is a joke, right? Why so few Scandinavian based players this time out? They are on mid Winter break and so could easily be called in without stepping on any club coaches toes? No Goodson?, No Feilhaber? Hey it's great to see Diskerud and Bedoya, but are all these light weights from MLS really going to be in the mix when the European regulars are available? Sure Wondolowski deserves a shot after this last season, but his temmate Bobby Convey deserves it at least as much and is the same age... yes Tim Ream had a great season but if he is going to be seen as a likely regular, shouldn't he be playing with Goodson or Agbousoudemonde? And if this indeed is about trying to grow our u-23 Olympic squad... shouldn't there be more emphisis placed on getting those age appropriate players who need their citizenship expidited worked into the plan... say the Williams kid in Freiberg, or Andy Najar or Danny Mwanga? How about Michael Hoyos playing down in Argentina? ...in short are most of these guys called into camp for real or just more in a line of MLS scrubs being trotted out for a "look" and then tossed back again like much of the group who played in the last GOLD CUP? I realize that there are players trying to hook on with European Club sides right now and others like Ike opera who are hurt... but this group looks rather suspect and the troubling fact looms ahead that if we don't find a way to beat MEXICO in next summers GOLD CUP...we're looking at a good three years of little real competition and while I believe we'll be able to qualify for Brazil '14...I doubt were going to be truly ready to compete! (ICE)


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