Oct 9, 2007

Bradley Goes With Youth In Latest Call-Up

The 21-man roster for the U.S. men's national team's game at Switzerland this Saturday features a whopping seven uncapped players and only eight from this summer's Gold Cup-winning side. Head coach Bob Bradley apparently opted to let his MLS players concentrate on the playoffs. Only three MLS guys made the roster--Maurice Edu, Robbie Findley and Chris Seitz--and all play for teams that aren't going to play in the post-season. The "Europeans" on the other hand, are in full force, but for some reason Bradley is going with Marcus Hahnemann over Tim Howard. Not sure what that's about; it's not like Howard is injured anymore (is he?). Maybe Bradley just wants to give Hahnemann a look.

The seven uncapped players are goalkeeper Tally Hall (plays for Denmark's Esbjerg--no I haven't heard of them either), defender Steve Purdy (1860 Munich), midfielder Danny Szetela (Racing Santander) and forward Preston Zimmermann (Hamburg SV), along with the aforementioned Edu, Findley and Seitz.

With the exception of Howard, I didn't notice any missing Premiership players. Five Bundesliga guys were named to the squad. Maybe Bradley figures they can understand German and have a tactical advantage over the Swiss? Does he know there are four official languages in Switzerland? Well whatever. For the complete roster check out the USMNT's official site.

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