Following his good performance against the Czech Republic, I was very happy to see Herculez Gómez selected. He’s an under-appreciated player who’s going to get a chance to shine on soccer’s biggest stage. I’m also glad Edson Buddle was selected. Because Bradley had to replace Charlie Davies, his hand was somewhat forced in choosing less experienced strikers. But there are surely worse players than Buddle and Gómez, both of whom have a serious propensity to score in bunches, at the World Cup. Including Maruice Edu, Stuart Holden, and José Francisco Torres was also a good move by Bradley. I’m a big fan of all three players. Edu and Torres should provide speed off the bench while Holden and Torres will bring creativity and technical skill to the pitch.
On the other hand, I have no idea why DaMarcus Beasley made the team. The only reason I can think of is that he’s a Bradley favorite. I also think Benny Feilhaber is a bit of a reach, given what he’s shown in the last couple of years (or lack thereof). The talent is certainly there for Feilhaber but he doesn’t seem to know how to put it together. I’m hoping I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.
With all that said, I’m looking forward to matches against Turkey and Australia to see how the team does, now that the dust is settled.
The entire squad, with those whom I would start in bold (4-4-2):
Keepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, José Francisco Torres
Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findlay, Herculez Gómez