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May 11, 2010
Bradley names 30 man preliminary World Cup roster

By Charles Cuttone
Executive Editor

Defender Oguchi Onyewu, who is coming back from a knee injury was named to the preliminary World Cup roster.
Defender Oguchi Onyewu, who is coming back from a knee injury was named to the preliminary World Cup roster.
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There were few surprises in the 30 man preliminary World Cup roster announced by U.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley on Tuesday. Forward Landon Donovan, the team’s leading scorer heads the list of 10 players selected from Major League Soccer, while former New England Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey and former Chicago Fire defender Carlos Bocanegra are among the 18 European based players on the squad.

Forward Charlie Davies, who was involved in a near-fatal car accident last October, we left off the team, while A.C. Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu who injured his knee the same week as Davies’ crash is on the roster.

Also included were a pair of former MLS goalkeeper , Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, midfielders Michael Bradley ,Ricardo Clark and Sacha Kljestan and forwards Edson Buddle, Jozy Altidore and Brian Ching. The squad included 18 European based, 12 MLS players and two who are playing in Mexico.

Forward Eddie Johnson, who has come on strong of late for his Greek club Aris Thessaloniki, was included in the player pool. However, his Aris teammate, one-time teenage phenom Freddy Adu, was left off the prelim roster.

"Throughout the past three years a number of players have contributed to our journey toward South Africa and we appreciate all of their efforts," Bradley said in a statement. "We are very excited to get this group together to begin our pre-World Cup training camp as we continue to prepare for the challenge of the World Cup."

Buddle made the team largely on his early season performance in MLS. The LA Galaxy striker leads the league with nine goals in eight games this season. The MLS Player of the Month for April, Buddle has four multi-goal games this season and now has 82 goals in his 10-year MLS career, making him the eighth leading scorer in league history. The 29-year-old New York native joined the Galaxy from Toronto FC in June 2007 and has scored 34 goals in 70 regular season games for the club, including a career-high 15 in 2008. He has made just one appearance for the U.S. National Team in his career, playing the final 10 minutes of a 2-0 win over Venezuela in Seattle on March 29, 2003.

Players will begin reporting to National Team camp in Princeton N.J. on Sunday, May 16. The Americans' first WC game is against England in Rustenburg, South Africa June 12 before taking on Slovenia in Johannesburg on June 18 and Algeria in Pretoria on June 23.

The U.S. will face the Czech Republic in a World Cup warm-up game in East Hartford, Conn. on May 25 before playing Turkey in another international friendly in Philadelphia on May 29. The Americans also will play Australia in a game in Roodepoort, South Africa on June 5.

The U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

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