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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

June 20, 2008
NO SURPRISES
U.S. roster for Barbados WCQ 2nd leg


Da Marcus Beasley is expected to earn his 77th cap against Barbados on Sunday.
Da Marcus Beasley is expected to earn his 77th cap against Barbados on Sunday.
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There were no surprises Friday when U.S. national coach Bob Bradley named the 18 players that will travel to face Barbados in the second leg of CONCACAF’s second round of World Cup qualifying.

The match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, will kick off at 3 p.m. ET (ESPN Classic, Galavision). The game also is available on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Bradley decided to release 10 players after the 8-0 victory in the first leg. The team, which has been training in southern Florida, travels to Barbados after Friday practice. Goalkeeper Tim Howard continues to rehabilitate a lower back sprain suffered prior to the Barbados match, while forward Eddie Johnson has been ruled out due to illness.

“We understand that we need to have a maturity about us to go and finish the job,” Bradley said in a statement. “We also have the chance to give some different players an opportunity in World Cup qualifying, which we believe will keep us fresh and sharp."

The roster still retains a core of experienced players, with two-time World Cup veteran Eddie Lewis leading the way with 79 caps. Lewis had an assist in Sunday’s win, and is the only player on the roster to have played in Barbados – he was part of the team in 2000 that traveled to the island needing a win to advance to the final round of qualifying.

Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has appeared in 76 games for the U.S. The Glasgow Rangers winger is slowly working himself back into game shape following a lengthy layoff from a knee injury, and has appeared in the last four games for his country. Defenders Carlos Bocanegra, the team captain, and Oguchi Onyewu have also been retained. Onyewu, who scored in back-to-back games against Mexico and Poland earlier this year, leads the U.S. in minutes played (482) this year.

There are eight players on the roster who saw time in Sunday’s game. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan went 90 minutes en route to keeping a clean sheet in his first WCQ experience. Defender Heath Pearce had an assist and midfielder Michael Bradley chipped in with his second international goal. The 20-year-old is coming off one of the most prolific seasons ever for a U.S. player in Europe, recording 20 goals in all competitions and helping earn Heerenveen a place in the UEFA Cup.

The U.S. roster (caps, shutouts/goals)

Goalkeepers (3): Dominic Cervi (out of contract: 0/0), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA: 1/1 SO), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake: 0/0).
Defenders (6): Carlos Bocanegra (out of contract: 12/1), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland: 1/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford FC: 0/0), Drew Moor (FC Dallas: 0/0) Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 8/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 1/0). Midfielders (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 15/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 1/1), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 0/0), Eddie Lewis (Derby County: 18/2), Danny Szetela (Brescia: 0/0), John Thorrington (Chicago Fire: 0/0). Forwards (3): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica: 1/0), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire: 0/0), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire: 0/0).

   
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