Finally and just minutes before a similarly delayed Bob Bradley conference call.
Here’s the Southern California-laden squad.
Looks like Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers has played his way back into Bradley’s plans.
And where’s defender Timmy Chandler after his impressive USMNT debut?
Awaiting start of conference call.
*Bradley on the absence of goalkeeper Brad Guzan:
“Brad (Guzan) made a personal decision and his schedule didn’t allow him to be available for this Gold Cup.”
*Bradley on the absence of defender Timmy Chandler:
“We felt it didn’t make sense at this time for him. He’s carried a few little injuries of late. He’s told us that physically and mentally this (first real season playing at this level) has been a hard one. When you added everything up the time wasn’t right (for him) for this Gold Cup.”
*Bradley on the inclusion of Rogers:
“We all know Robbie has a lot of talent,” he said citing his “energy and mobility” after missing the January USMNT camp because of knee surgery. “Now we think this is a good time to see if we can push it a little further.”
*Bradley agreed with a reporter who contended the inclusion of Freddy Adu was the biggest surprise of the players selected:
“Freddy had fallen out of the scene a little bit and typically playing in the second division in Turkey doesn’t bring you back in … He’s a player we all know that at different times has shown some soccer abilities that are special. He hasn’t always been able to make them count at different situations, at different levels.”
*Another player Bradley said begged off participating in the tournament for one reason or another: defender Zak Whitbread (Norwich City).
I’ll have more on the Gold Cup and Bradley in Tuesday’s column.