Bradley’s Status Quo Confederations Cup Selections.
GOALKEEPERS- Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Luis Robles
DEFENDERS- Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector, Jonathan Bornstein, Marvell Wynne, Jay DeMerit, Danny Califf, Heath Pearce.
MIDFIELDERS-Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Sacha Kljestan, Jose Francisco Torres, Benny Feilhaber, Ricardo Clark, DaMarcus Beasley, Freddy Adu
FORWARDS- Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Charlie Davies.
So of the players I’ve editorialized in favor of Bradley looking at, he’s added just two, Conor Casey and Luis Robles.
This squad furthers my fear that Bradley is not really looking as hard as he needs to the deepen the player pool. The backline is embarrassingly bad in every match off of US soil- even against the likes of Guatemala and Cuba on the road we had too many defensive breakdowns. Yet we see no Frank Simek who was a key player in the Gold Cup Final of 2007 and has only gotten better since that day without a cap. We see no Danny Szetela perhaps the best two way young American midfielder in Europe. We see no Marco Vidal who was tremendous in the Mexican League this year. We see no Jimmy Conrad who has effectively been written off as a national team player by Bradley despite nothing but solid lunch pail like performances when called upon. We still see no Michael Parkhurst, a player of impeccable quality up front who reads the game faster than Carlos Bocanegra, the team captain does.
This also would have been the opportunity to take a flier on Marcus Tracy or Jeremiah White in the attack. Both have done well in Scandinavia and could potentially enhance the US attack. Kenny Cooper is once again missing but like so many others I’ve stopped looking for his name every time a squad is released.