February 2010

Who’s Going To Amsterdam?

Fresh off the presses from US Soccer comes word that Bob Bradley has announced his roster for the March 3rd friendly against the Netherlands. While the glut of European-based players is a gimme, some of the names set to join the squad at Amsterdam ArenA may garner a degree of surprise. For me, my attention quickly shifted to the inclusion of former Maryland Terrapin and TYAC favorite Mo Edu. As Ives Galarcep points out in his column, Edu hasn’t been with the USMNT in nearly a year as a result of surgery on his knee.

Beyond Edu making the plane, one may raise an eyebrow or two over the inclusion of Eddie Johnson (but no Freddy?) and Heath Pearce. With regard to Johnson, his improved play in Greece has warranted him a look from Bradley, but a shot at a spot on the SA roster remains a two goal performance away from becoming a reality. For Pearce, our own Doug Beard pointed out earlier today that Wednesday’s match against El Salvador featured, “the Pearce we like to see.” Clearly Bradley saw past his questionable yellow card and was pleased with how he used his speed to beat two defenders in setting Ching up for the equalizer.

Speaking of Ching, our Man of The Match against El Salvador will have to pay for his own ticket if he wants to join the USMNT in Europe next month. This doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t headed to South Africa come June. Rather, Bradley may be more concerned with seeing what he can get out of Eddie Johnson and Robbie Findley, who along with Jozy Altidore, will make up the forwards on the roster for the Netherlands friendly.

Let’s have a look at the full roster set to play the Netherlands in Amsterdam:

GOALKEEPERS– Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS–  Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS– DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Everton), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), José Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS– Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

Any glaring omissions (Sacha?) or startling inclusions (JFT?) on the roster? We’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to post your comments below or in the forum.

Daniel Seco

  • Brett

    This is great! The only big concern is Eddie. I don’t think he’s done near enough at any of his stops since KC to warrant a call-up against the Netherlands. Goodson looked good, kind of like a thinner, less lumbering Onyewu. Heath was impressive last night. Findley is a concern, because he seems like a less polished player than you’d like at striker. But my biggest hope is that Torres sees the pitch. He’s an unknown. He needs to be fleshed out as a player. Might as well be now.

  • Kyle

    Good point about Torres. If given the opportunity, I think he might come to surprise people. But, I don’t think he’ll get enough playing time in this match to show that.

  • Benny

    Our lineup is pretty much set for June 12th barring any more injuries and the healthy returns of Oneywu, deuce and maybe Davies but I def want to see Torres and Adu get some major Natl team playing time before June. Say what you may about Adu being a bust every time I see him play he creates oppurtunities idk why they’re so down on him. What I do know is he and Jozy seemed to have on field chemistry together and he deserves a better look then what we’ve had of him.

  • War Beasely and Edu getting a shot!

  • Can someone please tell me why Brian Ching is not going to Holland? Even Bradley said after the El Salvador game that he was impressed by the Hawaiian. Think we’ll be playing a 4-5-1, with Jozy as the lone striker?

  • Amy

    my only problem w/JFT is how many touches he needs to truly be involved in the game. he’s the “classic center mid” in that respect– the best are NFL running back types that improve every time the ball is cycled through them. JFT is that way….which MEANS….unless he starts it is hard for him to make a mark. We shall see. I expect Edu to play near 90– so who knows what will happen with the other mid spots.

  • Great point about JFT Amy, but he did get enough touches after coming in as a sub against costa rica to help jump start the offense, so it’s possible