US Roster for South Africa Announced: Get Excited

The USSF announced the roster for the November 17 match against South Africa in Cape Town earlier today. Here is the roster in full, according to the website:

Guzan will likely start in net for the US against South Africa

“GOALKEEPERS (2): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Estoril Praia), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City Wizards), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)”

Remember, no club currently in MLS Playoffs are represented in the squad. Also, few members of big clubs abroad are included. This is a highly experimental squad, but it paints a pretty good picture of what the team will look like for the future.

Teal Bunbury: Coming to a national team near you. (Photo: Getty Images)

The biggest surprise on the roster is certainly Teal Bunbury. The Ontarian, and current KC Wizards forward, has dual citizenship and played college soccer at Akron. It was believed that he would most likely be representing Canada up until last week. Our friends at the 24th Minute have a great podcast called “It’s Called Football,” and they interviewed Bunbury last week. The response was not what they (It’s a Canadian site) were hoping for. With Bunbury leaving the idea of playing for the Yanks wide open, it looks like Bradley is taking advantage of the opportunity. Bunbury had five goals and two assists for the Wizards in his rookie season.

This is a huge, huge move for the USMNT. It is an even bigger blow to the Canadian MNT, as they seemed to have Bunbury in mind as a way of continually improving their squad. Remember though, he isn’t property of the USMNT until he is officially capped. If Bradley is smart, he will make sure that happens on November 17.

It is great to see Eric Lichaj in the squad again. This kid, as I have mentioned before, should (and probably will) be a staple in the back line for years to come.

Tim Ream is also a good edition, and like Bunbury, vying for his first cap. The 23 year-old could be another piece to the puzzle in the back line, in the ongoing effort to make this team younger.

Rogers, Bedoya, Findley, Bornstein, Goodson and Spector all should start. Bornstein may even be the captain for this team. Not crazy about it, but let’s wait until the lineups come out on matchday. Cervi probably won’t see time in this match (I would imagine this is Guzan territory) so he won’t get his first cap, but the young keeper still hasn’t seen any first team action with Celtic, so this should be an honor in itself for him.

One problem I have with this roster, and something that Bradley needs to reconsider for the training camp in early 2011 is this: Call up Sebastien Le Toux. His play has been begging for a call up since his first year in the MLS. He is good enough, this season proved that. Give the man his shot.

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