May 10, 2010
D-DAY, PART I
Bradley to announce his 30-man preliminary World Cup roster Tuesday
Deadline Day Part I for the U.S. National Team is set for today, when national coach Bob Bradley will announce his 30-man preliminary World Cup roster (ESPNews, 2 p.m.).
The usual suspects will be on the roster, including former MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard, defender Oguchi Onyewu, midfielders Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley and former Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore, among others.
From 26 to 28 of those players will be invited to the U.S. training camp at Princeton University, which starts Monday and runs through May 23.
Among the outsiders that should be on the roster are New Rochelle, N.Y. native Edson Buddle, who gotten hot at the right time for the U.S. National Team, scoring a league-best nine goals in eight games, Herculez Gomez, whose 120 goals for Puebla tied for Mexican Clausura scoring championship, and Charlie Davies, a fast forward who is a longshot to make the team after his miracle comeback from a near-fatal car accident last October.
Deadline Day, Part II is June 1, when all 32 WC teams must submit their 23-man roster to FIFA.
That roster must come from the original 30. But if there are injuries after June 1 replacements from outside the 30-man roster are allowed up to 24 hours prior to the team's first WC match.
The Americans' first WC game is against England in Rutstenburg, South Africa June 12.