Chivas USA’s Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan, as well as former Goat Brad Guzan, were named to the 22-player U.S. squad today for games Saturday against Slovakia (10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision) and Denmark four days later (no TV by the sound of it).
From U.S. Soccer::
The U.S. team began training this morning in Bratislava with 11 players, and the second half of the roster will be arriving during the next two days. Bradley will consider making changes to the squad following Saturday’s match, when the team will make their first ever visit to Denmark for the USA’s 24th and final match of the year. The 24 matches represent the third most games ever in a calendar for the U.S. The team set a record for the most games in official competitions in a year with 21 total, including the 10 final round matches the U.S. played to earn first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA World Cup and the five games that culminated in the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.
“These matches present a terrific opportunity to continue building on the nucleus of our team, and at the same time evaluate more of the player pool against very good opponents,” said Bradley.
And that includes veteran and MLS top scorer Jeff Cunningham, as well as Eddie “last chance?” Johnson.
Goalkeepers - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton), Troy Perkins (Valerenga)
defenders - Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
midfielders - Michael Bradley (Borussia Mnchengladbach), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
forwards - Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)
*The Cal State Dominguez Hills men are still in the hunt for a second consecutive national title; the women’s season is not over (see Tuesday’s post for updated tournament details). More here
*Palos Verdes Estates’ Kyle Nakazawa led the UCLA men Sunday to a second straight Pac-10 title. More here
*The UCLA women beat Washington State 2-0 Sunday in its regular season finale. The Bruins won 16 of their last 17 games to move to 17-2-1, 8-1 Pac-10). The 64-team bracket for the NCAA Tournament will be announced at 5 p.m. today on ESPNews.
*The Loyola Marymount men (9-8-1, 4-5-1 WCC) beat Portland 1-0 Sunday in its home finale.
*The Loyola Marymount women (11-6-2, 3-3-1 WCC) beat Saint Mary’s 4-1 Saturday.
*The Cal State Northridge men (10-7-2, 5-4-1 BWC) beat UC Irvine 3-0 Saturday to clinch the fourth seed in the Big West tournament and have a daunting trip to Santa Barbara Wednesday againt top-ranked UC Santa Barabara.
*Pepperdine (11-7-1 3-3-1 WCC).beat San Francisco 2-1 Saturday.
*In Seattle Sunday, it was USC 2 University of Washington 2. The Trojans move to 12-6-2, 4-3-2 Pac-10.