US men name final Olympic Qualifying training roster
Here is the list:
GK (3): Dominic Cervi (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Esbjerg fB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
D (8): Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Kamani Hil (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Mike Randolph (LA Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
M (8): Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)
F (5): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
Not a lot of shocks on this list, however the inclusion of Michael Orozco of Mexico's San Luis is interesting. I think this is his first US camp as he has flirted with playing for Mexico (he was born in California).
Overall, the US has some great striker options and a solid midfield, however the defense, with the exception of Edu, doesn't show as much known talent. It is not that they are bad, they just seem a bit unproven.
The unproven tag continues to the goal as none of the keepers have much pitch time to brag about. Again, they are not bad, they are just not tested at the highest level.
Overall, this lineup should allow the team to get out of their group and to the final.
Nowak will announce his final 20-man tournament roster no latter then March 9. Although he can add people not called into camp to that roster, odds are he will not.
Here is the full schedule for the tournament (Tickets Florida, California):
|March 11||Panama-Honduras||Tampa, Fl||5:30 ET|
|March 11||USA-Cuba||Tampa, Fl||8:00 ET|
|March 12||Haiti-Guatemala||Carson, Ca||5:30pm PT|
|March 12||Canada vs. Mexico||Carson, Ca||8:00pm PT|
|March 13||Honduras-Cuba||Tampa, Fl||5:30pm PT|
|March 13||USA-Panama||Tampa, Fl||8:00pm PT|
|March 14||Canada-Haiti||Carson, Ca||5:30pm PT|
|March 14||Mexico-Guatemala||Carson, Ca||8:00pm PT|
|March 15||Cuba-Panama||Tampa, Fl||5:30pm PT|
|March 15||USA-Honduras||Tampa, Fl||8:00pm PT|
|March 16||Guatemala-Canada||Carson, Ca||5:30pm PT|
|March 16||Mexico-Haiti||Carson, Ca||8:00pm PT|
|March 20||Seminfinals||Nashville, Tn||5 & 8pm CT|
|March 23||Finals & 3rd||Nashville, Tn||1 & 4pm CT|
ESPN Deportes will air all the matches live and ESPN306.com will steam them.