Today US Soccer announced the preliminary roster for the team that will journey to South Africa this June to take part in the 2010 World Cup. Over at Project 2010, a cool site that is following the US team this year, they have a breakdown by position of the preliminary 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 (Ã–rebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), 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), JosÃ© 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)
Note that the above lists the players and their current teams. US national players normally play for a variety of teams worldwide, including Major League Soccer and European leagues - for those reading who aren't soccer experts. The World Cup team is assembled from all these potential players.
You can find a more detailed roster here. The roster will be reduced to just 23 players before the team heads to Rustenberg to face tip-top England in the June 12 opener.
I am really looking forward to this World Cup. I watched more of the last one than any previous. I enjoy professional soccer but don't watch nearly enough of it usually. There are few things more exciting than World Cup soccer and even though it's not too likely the US will end up in the finals this year, I'll be sure to be watching whoever's in the mix.
Will you be watching the World Cup this year?
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