Altidore and Donovan headline U.S. national team camp roster

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Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore and Brad Guzan headline the 26-man roster Bob Bradley selected for the U.S. national team’s January camp.

The squad, which was announced on Monday, will begin training on January 3 at Home Depot Center in Carson, California ahead of the national team’s first friendly, on Jan. 19 against Sweden.

Here is the roster:

GOALKEEPERS – Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Will Hesmer (Columbus Crew), Matt Pickens (Chicago Fire), Zach Wells (D.C. United)
DEFENDERS  – Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Ramiro Corrales (SK Brann), Todd Dunivant (Toronto FC), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Drew Moor (FC Dallas), Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution), Eddie Robinson (Houston Dynamo), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS – Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Justin Mapp (Chicago Fire), Pat Noonan (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS – Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Kansas Cit y Wizards), Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire), Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution), Jeremiah White (AGF Aarhus)

If you are wondering where most of the big names are, keep in mind that European-based players are still in their seasons (except for Scandanavian leagues). I will offer my take on the roster shortly. Let me know what you think of Bradley’s selections in the comments section below.

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7 Responses to Altidore and Donovan headline U.S. national team camp roster

  1. centrejack says:

    Ives,

    Congratulations! You will continue to be one of my first reads of the day.

    Jack

  2. Eric says:

    Ives,
    Seems like a large number of forwards and smaller number of midfielders. I know Lando can play both and usually plays more midfield but is that give them the right number at each position?

    Eric
    P.S. good luck with the new venture

  3. JK2 says:

    Its good that some new faces are getting opportunities to impress. I especially like the inclusion of Justin Mapp and Jozy Altidore along with the younger defenders. The USA needs to give the time and space for players who have the ability to change games with their talent to develop at the international level.

    Also, I’m not one of those Taylor Twellman haters out there, he has been the most consistent scorer in the MLS since he entered the league. While his game has limitations, once he settles down and gets some service, he’s a far more consistent goal scorer than say… Brian Ching who is overrated because of his height.

    Is it just me or does it seem that the MLS has a horrible track record in developing attacking midfield type players? Eddie Gaven, comes to mind as a player who hasn’t quite lived up to his billing. It also amazes me that there aren’t more young “super-subs” who aren’t ready to play 90 minutes but can really impact a game when they come on (think about if you had an inexperienced Beasley to come off your bench). There is certainly the athletic ability availible, perhaps we’ll see more of this as the youth development aspect of clubs continues to grow (speaking of that, I live in Boston and the Revs don’t do squat in terms of that, if I were them I’d hold and advertise open tryouts once a year).

  4. Eric says:

    Ives,
    Seems like a large number of forwards and smaller number of midfielders. I know Lando can play both and usually plays more midfield but is that give them the right number at each position?

    Eric
    P.S. good luck with the new venture

  5. Tom in Newark says:

    Sadly, despite gawdy numbers in MLS, Twellman’s performance has never translated onto the international stage. He’s been given plenty of chances to step up. The few goals that he has scored have generally come against weaker teams. By comparison, Macca never had the same consistently high numbers in MLS or at Fulham at yet has produced better and in bigger games internationally. If Twellman is the best MLS has to offer, then the Nats will need plenty of goals from the midfield to compete with other nations.

  6. Steve says:

    Ives;

    Congrats on the new venture – I think I speak for all your readers and soccer fans when I say we are pumped for this…

    The thing that stands out to me is seeing Parkhurst on the roster. I’ve been hoping he’d get a shot, do we think he’ll see time??

  7. FC Uptown says:

    Why no Kenny Cooper?