Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Kids Are Alright - Some Players I'd Like Bob Bradley to Call Up for the Brazil Friendly

The United StatesÕ Brek Shea (20) gives Dilly Duka (10) a bear hug after he scored a goal against Cameroon in the second half during the FIFA Under 20 World Cup Group C Match between the United States and Cameroon at the Mubarak Stadium on September 29, 2009 in Suez, Egypt. Photo via Newscom

Word came out last week that US National Team Coach Bob Bradley would be announcing his roster for the August 10th friendly with Brazil early this week. Brazil's roster has been announced, and it is primarily made up of young players, many who play in Brazil instead of Europe.

While I don't anticipate the announcement of this US roster even a fraction of the amount I anticipated the announcement of the US roster for South Africa, I would like it if Bob Bradley thought outside of the Soccer House box, took a cue from Brazil's roster, and focused on calling up younger US players. Additionally, with the start of most European club seasons only weeks away, I hope Bradley focuses more on players based in North America.

So, Mr. Bradley, if we want to really grab our attention, here's a roster I would like you to consider for the Brazil friendly at the Meadowlands on August 10th:

Herculez Gomez, forward, Pachuca
Marcus Tracy, forward, Aalborg
Mike Grella, forward, Leeds United
Macoumba Kandji, forward, RedBull New York
Chris Pontius, forward, D.C. United

Alejandro Bedoya, midfielder, Örebro
Geoff Cameron, utility player, Houston Dynamo
Michael Hoya, midfielder, Estudiantes de La Plata
Anton Peterlin, midfielder, Plymouth Argyle
Kyle Beckerman, midfielder, Real Salt Lake
Dilly Duka, midfielder, Columbus Crew
Jose Francisco Torres, midfielder, Pachuca
Landon Donovan, midfielder, L.A. Galaxy

Edgar Castillo, defender, San Luis (on loan from Club America)
Omar Gonzalez, defender, L.A. Galaxy
Mike Chabala, defender, Houston Dynamo
Brek Shea, utility player, F.C. Dallas
Chad Marshall, defender, Columbus Crew
Gale Agbossoumonde, defender, Sporting Braga (on loan from Miami FC)
Drew Moor, defender,Colorado Rapids

Stefan Frei, goal, Toronto FC
Samir Badr, goal, Porto
Zach McMath, goal, University of Maryland


Jeremy27 said...

You have lost all credibility to me. Did you not catch the Red Bull game? Chabal was constantly beat by Kamdji and his passing was atrocious. Definately not that of a US team member. As for Duka the kid has yet to play a professional game and you think he should be called up with the full team? Come on Zygo there are plenty of other young players you could have put on that list. Suprising.

Leslie said...

@ Jeremy27 you know what's not credible? your spelling.

Brian Zygo said...

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment Jeremy. I'm flattered, I think, that you're taking this post so seriously.