Thursday, February 25, 2010
Beasley, Edu among 20 on U.S. roster
NEW YORK -- Glasgow Rangers midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu were among 20 players picked for the United States' exhibition at the Netherlands next Wednesday -- the last match before American coach Bob Bradley selects his World Cup roster.
Aris Thessaloniki forward Eddie Johnson also was chosen Thursday but Freddy Adu, his teammate on the Greek club, was bypassed.
Just three players from Major League Soccer were selected: defenders Jonathan Bornstein and Heath Pearce, and forward Robbie Findley. Sixteen players are based in Europe, including nine with English clubs, and one in Mexico: midfielder Jose Torres.
Players will start gathering Sunday for the match in Amsterdam. The U.S. will wear its new World Cup uniforms for the first time Wednesday.
A veteran of two World Cups, Beasley has 17 goals in 89 appearances but has not played for the U.S. since June 18. That was when he allowed Landon Donovan's corner kick to roll past him, leading to Brazil's second goal in a 3-0 victory at the Confederations Cup.
After appearing in just three matches for Rangers this season through November, Beasley regained his form and scored twice in five games in December before straining a thigh during training. The 27-year-old from Fort Wayne, Ind., was sidelined from Dec. 19 to Feb. 14.
Edu had just one appearance for the Americans last year, entering as a 90th-minute substitute March 28 in a World Cup qualifier at El Salvador. The 23-year-old from Fontana, Calif., injured a knee ligament May 24 and had surgery June 4. He didn't return to action until Dec. 27 and played four games before being sidelined with an ankle problem until Feb. 17. Edu has five goals in 11 international appearances.
Johnson, a 25-year-old forward on loan to Aris from Fulham, scored once with the Greek club -- off a pass from Adu.
A half-dozen players are out with injuries: AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu (Oct. 21 surgery to repair ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee); Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo (injured a shoulder in practice Jan. 31); Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey (injured right knee on Jan. 17); Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Ricardo Clark (pulled right calf muscle); Aarhus midfielder Benny Feilhaber (damaged ankle cartilage); and Sochaux forward Charlie Davies (recovering from injuries sustained in Oct. 13 car crash).
The U.S. has played two warmups this year using mostly MLS players: a 3-1 loss to Honduras and a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over El Salvador. The only holder from Wednesday's match is IK Start defender Clarence Goodson.
After the match against the third-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam, the No. 14 Americans will gather in mid-May and play exhibitions against the Czech Republic (May 25, possibly in East Hartford, Conn.) and Turkey (May 29 at Philadelphia). The U.S. plays England on June 12 in its World Cup opener before meeting Slovenia six days later and finishing the first round against Algeria on June 23.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England)
Defenders: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Heath Pearce (Dallas), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday, England), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England)
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Landon Donovan (Everton, England), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake), Eddie Johnson (Aris, Greece)