Who to drop?

brian-chingSo the current roster for the game against Mexico is 20 guys, but the only 18 players actually get to be on the roster come game time, so the question is who to drop?

Here is the roster to look over again:

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION Full Roster Click Here
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 11/7 SO)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 21/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 18/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 2/0), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew: 1/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 16/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 2/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 10/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 5/0), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 17/4), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 1/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 5/0)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Hull City: 8/5), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 15/6), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 2/1), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 30/11)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals

Which two players will be dropped to get to the 18?

To me it seems that it should be 1 D player and one Forward/Midfielder.  I don’t Bob Bradley would call a player from overseas to come back if they were not going to play so that only leaves the MLS guys to eliminate.  For the D that is Bornstein or Marshall. Of these I think it is more likely to be Marshall but I’ll put it at 60% Marshall and 40% Bornstein. 


For the F/M it is between Casey, Ching and Holden.  I don’t think it will be Holden because both Donovan and Dempsey can move up to play Forward if need be.  For Casey and Ching, while Casey played in the Confed Cup and Ching didn’t, Casey has been hot scoring a Hat-Trick this week, and while considering Ching has been hurt, I still see Casey as the most likely to be left off.  Ching just has so much experience and in a game in Azteca experience could play a big role.  I will put the odds at Casey 60% Ching 30% and Holden 10%.

What do you think? Who should be left off? Who will be left off?

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6 responses to “Who to drop?

  1. MD

    I’ve never understood what Bob Bradley sees in Conor Casey. He’s slow, not all that great with the ball, and rarely finds the back of the net.

  2. Jacob

    How in the Hell did Casey get a hat trick this weekend? It almost wants me to give him a chance but when I look at him he looks so fat and lazy!

    • zbelair

      well one of the goals was from a PK, and I don’t know if he was the one to draw the foul… the only positive I’ve really seen with him is that he can use his size and strength to tire out opponents and control the clock late in games. Also its possible that he is more acclimated to the altitude becuase he plays in Colorado…

      • MT

        Conner Casey is terrible. But than again Ching is not that great either. At the world level they are both just useless. Oh, lets hope Faelhajber starts tomorrow for us to have a chance to win.

      • Joe

        Conor casey is a really great striker, and he is not fat. If you want to see fat look at ronaldo of brazil

  3. Joe

    I don’t know what you guys are talking about. Conor Casey is one of the best strikers in the mls. He is not fat, if you want to see fat look at ronaldo from brazil.

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