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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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MLS: Dallas 1 -Houston 0



Dallas beat Houston by the score of 1-0 thanks to a Jeff Cunningham goal in the 20th min.  Cunningham who scored 4 goals vs Kansas City last week now has 8 goal in his last five games and 9 in total to jump up to a tie for second in the league.  He also missed a PK in the game that could have added to his total.  Cunningham is originally from Jamaica and played briefly for the Jamaican National Team before becomming a US citizen and making a few appearances for the US team. He is 32 years old so hes not too likely to rejoin the National Team but if he keeps scoring like this its still possible. He has 113 MLS career goals, third all time.

Brian Ching left the game at halftime with “fatigue” but it seems not to be much of an issue, as he was just being given rest, due to his extra play with the National Team. Dallas Captain Pablo Ricchetti will miss the teams next game after receiveing a yellow card, his fifth of the season.

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Tonights Game



The only MLS game being played tonight is Dallas v Houston at 10:30 ET.  National Team Member and Gold Cup captain Brian Ching will be leading number 1 Houston with likely National Team members Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark.  Holden had a great Gold Cup that probably will result in a call up for the game vs Mexico on Aug. 12.  No one from Dallas seems to factor into the National Team’s upcoming games except possibly Kenny Cooper who scored twice in the Gold Cup.


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