U.S. World Cup roster revealed: Buddle, Gomez, Findley all selected

i-bef699c2b936468aa7b63ea9257ec3d8-usteam26a.jpgFrom left, top row, are midfielder Stuart Holden, forward Herculez Gomez, forward Edson Buddle, forward Jozy Altidore, forward Robbie Findley, goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Maurice Edu, midfielder Michael Bradley, defender Jonathan Spector, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defender Oguchi Onyewu, defender Jay DeMerit, defender Clarence Goodson, goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, midfielder Clint Dempsey. From left, at bottom, are midfielder Jose Torres, midfielder Benny Feilhaber, midfielder Ricardo Clark, midfielder Landon Donovan, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, defender Carlos Bocanegra, defender Steve Cherundolo, and defender Jonathan Bornstein. (AP Photo).

Here’s who did NOT make the squad:

Defenders: Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoja, Robbie Rogers, Sacha Kljestan

Forwards: Brian Ching, Eddie Johnson

You think the performances in that game last night mattered – oh, yeah.

And here are complete details on the 23-player squad that makes up the World Cup roster.

Coach Bob Bradley specifically addressed the inclusion of Buddle and Gomez on ESPN, observing that their form will come in “handy” in South Africa: “

“Both have been in great form, scoring a lot of goals this year.”

i-71e4120b489d2c55ad15906d7e67c96f-superherc.jpgSuperherc: faster than a speeding last-minute selection, Gomez makes U.S. World Cup squad (Photo: AFP/Getty Images).

And here’s more on Buddle and Gomez via AP:

The 29-year-old Buddle didn’t quite believe it when Bradley congratulated him at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

“I thought he was messing around. I didn’t know. It was too late,” he said.

Gomez might have faced even longer odds to make the squad after his contract was not renewed last year by Kansas City in MLS. But he went to Puebla of the Mexican league and tied for the scoring lead with 10 goals in 14 appearances.

“I wasn’t good enough for the Wizards last year, so to be where I am today is amazing,” Gomez said.

Bradley praised Buddle, Gomez and Beasley for taking advantage of their opportunities.

“One player that I felt fits into that category is Herculez Gomez,” Bradley said. “He’s worked hard to get to this point.”

The most burning matter of debate: who agrees/disagrees with the inclusion of the speedy Findley over the hard-working Ching?

What do you think?


Here’s Rogers’ reaction via Twitter:

Obviously gutted but thanks for all the support and I will be rooting for the US no matter what!!! Life is awesome!

He’s extremely unlucky after a pretty strong performance last night; personally I would have selected him over Beasley, but I’m guessing Rogers’ lack of versatility worked against him.

A decent-sized Southern California contingent on the team nonetheless:

*Carlos Bocanegra from Alta Loma, RC United and Rennes (France)

*Jonathan Bornstein from Los Alamitos, Irvine Strikers and Chivas USA

*Steve Cherundolo from San Diego, Nomads and Hanover 96 (Germany)

*Landon Donovan from Redlands, California Heat and LA Galaxy

*Maurice Edu from Fontana, Mission Viejo Pateadores and Rangers (Scotland)

*Benny Feilhaber from Irvine, Irvine Strikers and AGF Aarhus (Denmark)

Also, it should be noted Herculez Gomez is a Los Angeles native, although he grew up in Las Vegas.

Oh, and although Michael Bradley is listed as being from Manhattan Beach that’s not really accurate; he grew up on the East Coast and was belatedly listed as being from the South Bay after his parents moved here when Bob took the Chivas USA job.

And, of course, among those omitted, Rogers grew up in Rolling Hills Estates, Kljestan in Huntington Beach and Marshall in Riverside.

From the Galaxy today:

Buddle and Donovan will miss at least the Galaxy’s next three games, which will all be played before Major League Soccer takes a two-week break for the group stage of the tournament. If the United States advances beyond the group stages, the pair will miss at least one more regular season game with the Galaxy.

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DaMarcus Beasley wasn’t the only member of his family to mark a soccer comeback today:

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas City Wizards have signed midfielder Jamar Beasley and waived midfielder Igor Kostrov.

The 30-year-old Beasley has spent his last seven years playing indoor soccer, including three years with the Kansas City Comets before the team folded. Terms were not disclosed Wednesday.

In 1998, Beasley signed a Major League Soccer contract with the New England Revolution straight out of high school. At the time he was the youngest player to ever sign with the league.

After leaving Kansas City he went across the state to St. Louis, where he played with the
Steamers in 2005 and 2006. He has been with the Rockford Rampage since 2008.

His brother is DaMarcus Beasley, who is on the U.S. national team.

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  • us soccer fan since 96

    really surprised about the forward selection. thought gomez should definitely go, thought buddle might get cut, but the bombshell had to be findley making the team with ching out.

  • Studs Up

    Ching brings nothing that Altidore and Buddle can’t deliver more of. Findley’s pace won him a spot but don’t expect to see him play much.

    But it’s amazing that Buddle, Ching, Gomez and Findley have all worn the Galaxy uniform. Talk about a dynasty.

    Biggest worry for Bradley has to be his defenders. Czechs demolished them and the Turks will be equally tough given their technical abilities. Let’s hope and pray we can score some goals cause we’ll be coughing up a lot of them.


    @Studs Up

    You do realize that two of the goals were scored with Edu at CB. Gooch is not close to 100% and Bornstein hopefully wont see much time in SA. Calm down.

  • Inigo Montoya

    I still think it was Nick’s poll that got Buddle and Gomez in. . .

    I’m with Studs Up on the defense. Onyewu seemed at about 70%. The rest worked hard but were often out-quicked and out-speeded, especially on the left side. Bocanegra will help, but who knows about DeMerit. I don’t want to see Bornstein on the field. Goodson, tho he’s helpful on the attack, gave up the soft corner that led to the big Czech goal.

    We’re going to need a huge tournament from Tim Howard, on the level of Kasey Keller in the 1998 Gold Cup game vs Brazil.

    Hell, we’ll need a huge tournament from everybody, playing over their heads. The Confed Cup semi vs Spain shows it can be done.

  • Benny Dargle

    Studs Up – to be fair about the defense, adding Bocanegra, Demerit, Spector, and Howard to the mix should improve things. Guzan seemed a bit slow to react on a couple of the goals and it seems likely, assuming everyone is healthy, that Boca or Spector plays LB over Bornstein. Gooch’s play is a bit worrisome, but he has a couple more games to get out the rust. I originally thought he was outjumped on the first goal, but it appears that he just mistimed his jump. The other player got up first and weighted Onweyu down with his body. The last goal also came because Sascha made a bad giveaway at midfield and Edu missed the header at CB. I doubt we will see Edu back there much during WC play in the absence of injury. So, I would expect Turkey to be a better test of our WC defense than we saw yesterday.

  • Paul

    I know why Findley made it, but why did Bornstein make the team, he isn’t even that good and always makes mistakes, man I hope they go with the back four from the confederations cup.


    I was certainly surprised Findley got the call over Ching, but since I never thought either of them would see playing time in So. Africa I’m not going to loose any sleep.

    What I’m really interested in is seeing who starts alongside Altidore against Turkey.

  • Studs Up

    Benny, USMNT, et al,

    My comments re the US defense is not based solely on last night’s game. Think about the entire qualifying campaign, think about the Euro friendlies, even think about the Confed Cup as a whole which included all the players munching on hamburgers in sky-boxes last night. We’re easily exposed against any technical team, which is just about every one else in this small world of ours.

    The boys have to play out of their minds, with a lot of help from Tim, just to get out of group play. Let’s hope and pray and keep fingers and anything else that crossable that we do that.