The roster for the USA’s ‘monolithic tilt’ against Barbados has been released. It looks like this:
GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard.
DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra, Dan Califf, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Frankie Hejduk, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce.
MIDFIELDERS: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Lewis, Pablo Mastroeni.
FORWARDS: Brian Ching, Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson.
Allow me to be the first to say that I should and everyone else should stop making wise cracks about Barbados. Sure we SHOULD win, but Barbados isn’t exactly San Marino, they play defense. Oh!
Beside, we only beat them 7-0 and 4-0 last time.
As for the roster, you can basically throw away Pablo Mastroeni since his selection is only there to clear his red card suspension off the books since he won’t be playing in these games due to that.
Eddie Johnson has no business being on the roster. He has absolutely sucked. Altidore is allegedly nursing a sore ankle, but I’ve heard that he is being left off as a favor to Villareal since we are going to be bringing him to the Olympics in August and there is nothing they can legally do to stop him per FIFA regulations.
I hope Dempsey doesn’t start. He hasn’t earned it. Adu should be teaming with Donovan.
I don’t wanna over analyze things too much because once again, it’s Barbados and I’m fairly sure Eddie Johnson will even crack the score sheet in these 2 matches. Still, it’s good to set precedent and award people who merit call ups with call ups.