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US Mens National Team Squad, World Cup 2010

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The article below is a predictions article. See the official USMNT 2010 World Cup Squad.

The draw for the 2010 World Cup is here. Fixtures will be up shortly.

Here we preview who will make the World Cup squad in 2010 for the United States. Opinions, recent performances, and tactical decisions are all factored into the decision. Updates will be posted regularly, as the season goes on.

SURE THINGS

Landon Donovan – M/F – Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)

No way Bob Bradley leaves the U.S.’s most explosive player behind come 2010. His only problem will be finding where to place him in the lineup.

Damarcus Beasley – M/F – Rangers (SCOT)

Beasley already has UEFA Champions League experience with PSV, and will get more this year with Rangers. Has locked down the left winger role, even with the likes of Bobby Convey and Freddy Adu behind him.

Carlos Bocanegra – D – Fulham (ENG)

Becoming a better player by the game, Boca is a default starter in the center for the U.S.

Clint Dempsey – M/F – Fulham (ENG)

Has been excelling for club and country as of late. Dempsey’s resurgence has forced Donovan to the right wing, with Dempsey claiming his favored second-striker position.

Michael Bradley – M – Heerenven (HOL)

A starter for both club and country, Bradley has proved his critics wrong with his recent performances. His performance against Brazil was excellent, barring the last 5 minutes. Tends to collect cautions, but that should straighten out as he matures.

Steve Cherundulo – D – Hannover 96 (GER)

Some say he is too small, but Cherundulo is the best fullback in the U.S. pool. Barring injury, he will be in the starting XII should the U.S. qualify.

Tim Howard – GK – Everton (ENG)

The best keeper in the U.S. pool, bar none. Has excelled at Everton the past year, and will be between the sticks in South Africa.

GOOD BETS

Benny Feilhaber – M – Derby County (ENG)

Has yet to get settled at relegation favorite Derby, but Feilhaber will find his way into the starting lineup. Versatile, Feilhaber can play on the right, as an attacking mid, or in a holding role. Should make the squad for the trip to South Africa.

Oguchi Onyewu – D – Standard Liège – (BEL)

Physically impressive, Onyewu has been mistake prone as of late. His stint at Newcastle found him wanting, but had a solid game against Brazil (own goal was not his fault) barring missing his assignment on Lucio’s header. The favorite to partner Boca in the center.

Jay Demerit – D – Watford (ENG)

Demerit was one of the few bright spots during Watford’s 2006-2007 Premiership campaign that saw them relegated. Having spurned offers from Fulham, ‘Boro, and Portsmouth, Demerit has said he will consider his options should Watford not gain promotion. In a battle with Onyewu to partner Boca in the middle.

Jonathan Bornstein – D – C.D. Chivas USA (USA)

Bob Bradley’s favorite left back, though many question why. Has been serviceable, but not outstanding, for the U.S.

Bobby Convey – M – Reading (ENG)

Injuries had seen Convey lose his spot in the squad since the 2006 World Cup. Personally, I believe he should be tried out at left back, a position he that he has dabbled in in the past.

Jonathan Spector – D – West Ham (ENG)

Versatility is Spector’s game. While he has stated that playing in the center is his dream, the fact that he provides consistent depth across the back line is his main selling point. A smart defender, he will challenge for the left back spot and possibly for a spot in the center.

Eddie Johnson – F – Kansas City Wizards (USA)

Everything has been said about Johnson’s lack of finishing on the international stage, but 11 goals in 30 international appearances is not a bad record. His speed and strength are an asset to the U.S. squad. His much rumored move to Derby County would do much for his development.

Jozy Altidore – F – Red Bull New York (USA)

Jozy seems to be the striker of the future for the U.S. Many want to see him thrown into the fire right away, but waiting until qualifying may be the best bet. An appearance against St. Kitts or some other CONCACAF minnow would do much for his confidence.

Freddy Adu - M/F – Benfica (POR)

Arguably the most hyped player in the U.S. pool, Adu will have just turned 20 when the 2010 World Cup opens. Hasn’t seen any first team action since the managerial change at Benfica, but should develop enough to be a force for the U.S.

Brad Guzan - GK – C.D. Chivas USA (USA)

One of a large number of quality young American keepers, Guzan has essentially been the third choice keeper since last summer. He should back up Howard come 2o1o.

Frank Simek – D – Sheffield Wednesday (ENG)

Wednesday has been laying some eggs as of late, so here is to hope that Simek stands out.

Ricardo Clark – M – Houston Dynamo (USA)

Clark has been amazing presence in the Dynamo midfield, being an anchor for the team that won the 2006 MLS Cup. He is included here instead of Mastroeni due to his offensive effect from the holding role and his greater atheltic and tackling ability.

Those are the 19 players that should make it. The other 4? Thats the real question.

BATTLING

Kyle Beckerman (M, Real Salt Lake) – Good two way midfielder, will add much depth during quailifying.

Danny Szetela (M, Racing Santander) – His move to Spain will give him playing time, but it’s still early.

Taylor Twellman (F, New England Revolution) – Great domestically, but he has failed to make an impact on the international level.

Brian Ching (F, Houston Dynamo) – The most likely from this group to make the team, it may be Ching’s chemistry with the U.S. midfield gives him an edge.

Johann Smith (F, Bolton) – The speedster needs some first team action to be considered, much potential here.

Heath Pearce (D, Hansa Rostock) – My personal choice for left back, but has traditionally been ignored by national squad coaches. His first Bundesliga season will provide an excellent litmus test.

Marcus Hahnemann (GK, Reading) – Reading hasn’t been outstanding, and neither as Hahnemann.

Chris Seitz (GK, Real Salt Lake) – Look for him to take over the full time starting role at RSL sometime soon. Tons of potential.

Quentin Westberg (GK, ES Troyes) – Stuck with a bad club and inept manager, Westberg needs to look to transfer come January.

Michael Parkhurst (D, New England Revolution) – Good in MLS, but it has yet to be shown if he can be a force internationally.

Sal Zizzo (M/F, Hannover 96) – Young with potential, but needs first team action.

Josh Wolff (M/F, 1860 Munich) – Plays in the midfield at 1860, but it looks like Wolff is losing a step.

Pablo Mastroeni (M, Colorado Rapids) – A card producing machine, Mastroeni looks to be one of the players left behind as the newest batch of midfielders come into the fold.

Kasey Keller (GK, Fulham) – He will be 40 in 2010. Not an unheard of age for someone to appear at a World Cup, but it is still old.

Comments (18)

  1. I agree with everything, except I say Onyewu, Altidore and Adu are definite locks, especially after the 2006 disaster. Keller would come in as a possible second keeper, but Tim Howard looks to be the number 1 for a long time to come. He will only get better with the EPL pace, so he is a lock for the number 1 spot in goal.

  2. Landon Donovan is NOT the most explosive U.S. player. That honor goes to Clint Dempsey, who is starting for an overmatched Premiership squad and scoring goals while Landon couldn’t even hold his own in the Bundesliga.

    Replace Josh Wolff with Chris Rolfe of the Chicago Fire. Critics of late have been raving about him, and he is sure to be mentioned about being pulled up for the senior squad in the next year or two.

  3. spector thoroughly deserves a start…best defender in teh above listed squad….so does Mcbride if he hasnt retired…pity Gusseppi Rossi ditched the US..he would have done well…

  4. Why does everyone think that Landon Donavon is so great. He used to be explosive. He used to be a goalscorer. I submit that that is no longer the case. I watched all of the Gold Cup matches and couldn’t find him half the time. He scored a boat load of goals, but put me on the penalty spot that many times in a tournament and I’m going to have a lot of goals too. I think he had one goal during the run of play in that tournament. If you are THE dynamic attacker for your team, you can’t get lost in games at all, and it happens to him all the time. We may not have anything better at this point, but he’s definitely not the one that’s going to take the US to the next level consistently.

  5. Look out for Charlie Davies, he’s a young forward playing in sweden. Also don’t forget about Sheanon Williams.

  6. I think they should give Brian Mcbride a chance to play again. He really deserves this last tour. What do u guys think about this?

  7. You are, in fact, high to include Bobby Convey and Freddy Adu as “good bets” and place DaMarcus as a “sure thing.” When is the last time you saw either of them play. EJ is a non-factor every time he puts on a NATs jersey as well. Scrap all and try again..

  8. kyle beckerman should easly make the team

  9. First, Jaz… Davies WAS playing in Sweden.. and dominating.. but was transferred to Sochaux in France (highest paid Swedish transfer ever!) Now.. I know he’s athletic, but TERRIBLE on the ball.. just watch him with it. Unfortunately, probably the best we have to pair with Altidore.

    How come Jermaine Jones is off this list.. is he definitely done for sure?? He’d be nasty to have at D Mid.

    Anyway, starting XI should be:

    GK: Howard

    D: Gooch (he’ll be better), Boca, Cherundolo, DeMerit

    M: Donovan, Bradley, Feilhaber, Beasley (he’s got the experience)

    F: Altidore, Dempsey (we’ll see how Charlie’s doing in June)

    Last but not least, I realize we have a bajillion midfielders, but what ever happened to Sasha.. does he suck now??

  10. Davies’ pace alone makes him so dangerous…if he’s on the field he will get chances so its just down to whether he can convert those chances or not. As long as he’s fully fit he will go to the world cup.
    Jermaine Jones should definitely go as well…him and bradley in the centre of midfield would be a mean pairing and along with Donavon and one of Beasley or Adu on the wings would be a very good starting midfield and would put us in a good position to go through to the knockout stages.

    Howard

    Cherundolo Onyweu Bocanegra Spector

    Donavon Bradley Jones Adu
    Dempsey
    Altidore

  11. yo what’s up with USA coach why is kyle beckerman is not playing cuz Kyle is a great player come on coach we really need Kyle

  12. yeah donovan is a great player .and the usa soccer team is very strong these three years ..and we will beat england as we beat spain on 2009 ..and you will see ..and yes i think brain mcbride deserve to be in south africa with the team .. because he is a very big star ..and we can deny his accomplishments with usa …

  13. I think the US will fare well in the World Cup, second round is a must. Especially with 12 in your starting line up as described under Steve Cherundulo’s name.

  14. I wonder why Brad Friedel was not chosen An excellent keeper.

  15. england is going to win the world cup 2010

  16. The USA soccer team has realy impressed me, I mean if they can withstand and play so well with a soccer guru ( england ) I PREDICT THEY WILL GRAB THE WORLD CUP. The team is fast and SWIFT, which is good and only if they can LOCK THE DIFFENCE AND LOOSEN ON THE MIDFIELD AND PLAY WITH THE SPIRIT OF WINNING, saying in their HEARTS THAT WHO EVER THEY ARE PLAYING HAS NEVER PLAYED SOCCER BEFORE.
    In other words treat an oponent team with respect but no FEAR. THATS THE BIG WORD. FEAR NOT BUT GRAB THE WORLD CUP. YOU CAN DO IT.

  17. yes the US will always be the winners no matter how many may condem their cultural ideology, or how many years experience european teams have. The US knows what it takes to be the winner everytime.

  18. ive noticed that racially mixed squads in the US almost always put in a mediocre performance in international competition whereas racially homogeneous US teams do exceptionally well (Volleyball – all white players, basketball (all black players). My conclusion is the US will have to assemble a racially homogeneous soccer team (all black, all white, all hispanic or all asian) to survive the quarter finals and beyond.