October 12, 2008
JUGGLING THE ROSTER
U.S. returns 8 starters to their clubs
With a berth in the next round of World Cup qualifying secure, U.S. national coach Bob Bradley returned nine players to their clubs Sunday.
|Clint Dempsey was one of eight starters from Saturday's 6-1 win over Cuba who were released back to their teams.
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The nine were Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Brian Ching, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu after they helped the U.S. to a 6-1 thumping of Cuba Saturday, its sixth consecutive qualifying win in this cycle and their seventh straight qualifier overall. All but Jay DeMerit started for the U.S.
Bradley has named a roster of 18 players that travel to Trinidad & Tobago for its Wednesday match in Port of Spain (8 p.m.).
The team departs Sunday afternoon for Trinidad.
Beijing Olympians Marvell Wynne and Robbie Rogers were added to the squad, along with veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein. Wynne will meet up with the team Sunday in Trinidad, while the remaining trio will arrive on Monday.
The U.S. is in first place in Group 1 of semifinal round qualifying CONCACAF with 12 points, while T&T is tied with Guatemala on five points with two matches remaining. Despite having zero points from four matches, Cuba could still advance to the final round hexagonal.
The U.S. roster (appearances and goals in paratheses, shutouts for goalkeepers):
Goalkeepers (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0). Defenders (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 0/0), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 6/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0). Midfielders (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 3/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 20/6), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 4/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 11/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 0/0) Josť Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 1/0). Forwards (3): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 1/1), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0).