Bradley Names 18-Man Roster for FIFA World Cup Qualifier Against Trinidad & Tobago
CHICAGO (Oct. 12, 2008) — U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named a roster of 18 players that will travel to Trinidad in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying game against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 in Port of Spain. Kickoff for the match, which is crucial for T&T’s hopes of advancing to the Final Round, is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be shown live on ESPN and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
Following the USA’s 6-1 victory against Cuba that clinched their place in the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Bradley released nine players from the roster, while adding four players from Major League Soccer. The team departs Sunday afternoon for Trinidad.
2008 Olympians Marvell Wynne and Robbie Rogers were added to the squad, along with veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein. Wynne will meet up with the team later today in Trinidad, while the remaining trio will arrive on Monday.
Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Brian Ching, Jay DeMerit, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu returned to their clubs after helping the U.S. win their sixth-consecutive World Cup qualifier in this cycle and their seventh straight qualifier overall.
The U.S. is in first place in Group 1 of semifinal round qualifying CONCACAF with 12 points, while T&T is tied with Guatemala on five points with two matches remaining. Despite having zero points from four matches, Cuba could still advance to the final round hexagonal.
U.S. ROSTER VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF: 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA: 0/0), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 6/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 3/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 20/6), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 4/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 11/0), Danny Szetela (Brescia Calcio: 1/0) José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 1/0)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal C.F.: 1/1), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF: 0/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals