[USA 23] U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley and his staff met late into the night following Tuesday's friendly against the Czech Republic to finalize his 23-player roster for the World Cup.
The big surprise was the selection of Robbie Findley, who had not yet played in Tuesday's game.
He couldn't sleep, wondering what his absence from the game meant, and was relieved to get the call at 2:30 in the morning that he'd be flying to South Africa for the World Cup on
If Findley was the surprise pick, Brian Ching was the surprise omission. Ching had battled back from a hamstring injury and played well against the Czechs.
The following players were also not picked: defenders Chad Marshall and Heath Pearce, midfielders Alejandro Bedoya, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan and forward Eddie Johnson.
Only Johnson had previous World Cup experience.
U.S. WORLD CUP ROSTER:
(Age) GOALKEEPERS (3):
25 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
37 Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves)
31 Tim Howard (Everton)
(Age) DEFENDERS (7):
25 Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
31 *Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes)
31 *Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)
30 Jay DeMerit (Watford)
28 Clarence Goodson (IK Start)
28 *Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan)
24 Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
(Age) MIDFIELDERS (9):
28 **DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers)
22 Michael Bradley (Bor. M'Gladbach)
27 Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt)
27 *Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
28 **Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
24 Maurice Edu (Rangers)
25 Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus)
24 Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers)
22 Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
(Age) FORWARDS (4):
20 Jozy Altidore (Hull City)
29 Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)
24 Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
28 Herculez Gomez (Puebla)
*Previous World Cups in which they played.
Note: Age as of June 12.
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