[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.
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/-
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
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
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.