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Bobby    0

Preliminary squad to be announced on ESPNews in a few minutes. I heard Adu is in it, not sure though. That'd be a shock.

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JakeFlake    11

U.S. TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION - Detailed Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (12): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2010/05/US-MNT-Head-Coach-Bob-Bradley-Names-Preliminary-World-Cup-Roster.aspx

gotta cut seven players before the World Cup.

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Miaoww    17

Decent squad. I really like Altidore, think he's going to be some player in the future. Would love to have him at Ewood Park.

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Miaoww    17

The writer makes an interesting point about his height/weight, which does indeed need to be scrutinized more. He's also correct about his country of origin being incredibly dodgy. It happens all the time: Martins (Nigerian), the ex-Newcastle player who was meant to be 21 when signed, but looked about 28. El Hadji Diouf (Senegalese/Blackburn Rovers) is meant to be 29 yet he's lost ALL of his pace as if he's much older than stated.

That said, sports are littered with players that peaked at an early age and didn't push on. Some players just don't develop.

Case in point; my friend was an academy player at Burnley FC - he was better than several Burnley academy graduates at 15. They pushed on, he didn't and now they're playing (or were) in the Premier League whereas he's a semi-pro.

Perhaps Adu hasn't applied himself, or perhaps his natural athletic advantage has been nullified now he's playing against men and he doesn't have the ability to make up the difference.

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Hawk    2,378

the unfortunate part...I see you guys getting 2nd in your group and having to play the Germans in the first round of elimination...not much fun there!

but...anything can happen in the World Cup...thats for damn sure...and it can't get here soon enough for me!

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pstall    5,759

What happened to Adu? He was compared to Pele and i haven't heard about him in years.

For the love of Beckenbauer don't get me started on him.

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Bobby    0

Adu is a handy player when used correctly, but he was never going to be what he was made out to be. Basically Bobby Convey mk II. I don't think he's 30 though, these rumors always fly around with Africans. If you go on looks, Kanu is about 50.

Shocked me to see both Findley and Johnson there, I know we aren't terrible deep at forward and without Davies, there's a fair chance we'll see Landon up top, but Johnson has more or less fallen off the map and Findley hasn't produced for the US when he's been given a chance. Glad Herculez was called in, and I hope his shirt says Herculez instead of Gomez, that'd be cool.

Would any of you have brought Onyewu? I'd probably have as cover, but he's never been terribly quick and that type of knee injury never helps.

Bornstein has no business being there. He sucks. Where's Edgar?

If Bob plays Beasley as a defender again I will personally choke him. Mark that down.

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