USA sends young squad to Copa America

[ROSTER] The USA, participating as a guest team in the Copa America, the South American championship, for the first time since finishing fourth in 1995, is sending a young, inexperienced squad to Venezuela, where it opens on Thursday against Argentina. Sixteen players on the 22-man squad have 10 caps or fewer and 14 are under age 25. Uncapped players on the roster are Herculez Gomez, Drew Moor and Marvell Wynne.

"Copa America is going to be a great opportunity for our younger players to gain invaluable experience at the highest international level," said U.S. coach Bob Bradley, who celebrated the Gold Cup title on Sunday. "Playing two major tournaments back-to-back is both a privilege and a difficult challenge in terms of putting together rosters, and this is something we've known all along.

"This group has many of the faces that could play a role in 2008 and 2009 when our focus turns to our ultimate goal of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa."


USA COPA AMERICA ROSTER by position with club
GOALKEEPERS - Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Kasey Keller (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER).
DEFENDERS - Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Bobby Boswell (D.C. United), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK/DEN), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Jay DeMerit (Watford/ENG), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Heath Pearce (FC Nordsjaelland/DEN), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS - Kyle Beckerman (Colorado Rapids), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburg SV/GER), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Lee Nguyen (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Ben Olsen (D.C.United)
FORWARDS - Charlie Davies (Hammarby/SWE), Herculez Gomez (Colorado Rapids), Eddie Johnson (Kansas City Wizards), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)

USA COPA AMERICA ROSTER alphabetic with age, caps/goals
Beckerman, Kyle 25 1/0
Bornstein, Jonathan 22 7/1
Boswell, Bobby 24 2/0
Califf, Danny 27 14/1
Clark, Ricardo 24 7/0
Conrad, Jimmy 30 21/0
Davies, Charlie 21 1/0
DeMerit, Jay 27 3/0
Feilhaber, Benny 22 7/2
Gaven, Eddie 20 3/0
Gomez, Herculez 25 0/0
Guzan, Brad 22 1/0
Johnson, Eddie 23 26/10
Keller, Kasey 37 100/0
Kljestan, Sacha 21 1/0
Mapp, Justin 22 5/0
Moor, Drew 23 0/0
Nguyen, Lee 20 1/0
Olsen, Ben 30 34/6
Pearce, Heath 22 6/0
Twellman, Taylor 27 24/6
Wynne, Marvell 21 0/0

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