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USA World Cup Roster Issues

AmericaHatFlagBob Bradley announced the US World Cup 23-man roster right after his club lost 4-2 to the Czech Republic.  So, who made the team?

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard

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, Jose Torres

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez

First of all–you only need two goaltenders.  If you’re carrying 3 just to be safe then you already lost a match by being “safe” and not having another person who can cover the entire field.  I could get all up-in-arms about this roster, but the only think I find interesting is that Brian Ching is not on it.

Was Ching not the only person who seemed to play well against the Czechs–a match for which Bob Bradley was poorly prepared?  Am I missing something?  I’m not going to say–take out this guy and insert Ching–but I am going back to my familiar theme of unpreparedness.  It seems like Bob Bradley wings it on every single issue.

I slammed Fabio Capello left and right for messing with injured dudes in England, but then he had every player get a scan and physical to make sure he was healthy.  He was at least PLANNING.  I honestly don’t think if I asked Bob Bradley–how do you prepare for a match–that he could give me a systematic answer.

So, here’s some advice Bob–go watch a Kindergarten teacher teach for one day.  They’ll get to school before everybody else–have a lesson plan a mile long that they took a long time to put together–then they’ll make it work with 5 year olds.

You sir coach grown men and you can’t get it together.

Maybe you need to go back to school.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Dan Kamminga

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