U.S. coach Bob Bradley has announced his roster for next Wednesday’s friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, and there are a few surprises. Foremost of these, to us anyway, were the selection of striker Robbie Findley and the exclusion of Brian Ching, who shined in last night’s game against El Salvador.
Perhaps Bradley is satisfied that Ching is his best option for a target forward and wants to give Findley, who would fill a role running off of a target forward, another shot to make his case. He also needed room for Eddie Johnson, who’s been getting regular time with his new club Aris of the Greek Super League, and definitely merits a chance before Bradley picks the final roster.
Speaking of Aris, Johnson’s teammate at the club, Freddy Adu, was not called, despite scoring in two recent outings.
Another mild surprise is the inclusion of young winger Alejandro Bedoya, who’s about to start his second season for Swedish club Orebro. Bedoya showed some flashes in a brief appearance against Honduras last month. It will be interesting to see what he can do against a tough Dutch squad.
Heath Pearce, after his strong showing at left back last night, got the call as well.
Here is the complete roster, which includes 17 foreign-based players and three MLSers:
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton)
Defenders (7): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Frank Simek (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
Midfielders (7): DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Landon Donovan (Everton), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), José Torres (Pachuca)
Strikers (3): Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Eddie Johnson (Aris Thessaloniki)