Mastroeni Casey & Gibbs Named to US Roster for Wednesday's Qualifier
"This match gives us an opportunity to test many of our players in what will be a very hard game said Bradley. "Guatemala will certainly be pressing for a victory and we want to end this round on a positive note. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is one of the finest soccer facilities in the country and we are looking forward to our first appearance there."
Brian Ching joins a mostly domestic-based group the Houston Dynamo forward having amassed four goals in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan has made a career-high seven appearances for the full team this year and is one of five players on the roster who represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Three players on the roster are in search of their first cap with the full team including the 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year in Sean Franklin. He is one of three players on the roster to have earned that honor along with fellow defenders Jonathan Bornstein and Michael Parkhurst.
In addition to Ching there are two other players who finished in the top 10 in scoring in MLS this year. FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper finished one behind Golden Boot winner Landon Donovan with 18 goals while Chris Rolfe scored nine for the Eastern Conference finalists Chicago Fire.
The U.S. has locked up first place in Group 1 of the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup qualifying holding 12 points from five matches. The other participant from the group to advance will be determined on the final matchday as Trinidad & Tobago holds a three point lead over Guatemala. The Guatemalans will be pressing for a victory against the U.S. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park needing a win to keep their dreams of advancement alive. T&T will be hosting Cuba on the same day.
The draw to determine the placement of teams in the CONCACAF Final Round hexagonal for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying will take place on Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. local time in Johannesburg. Teams will learn their opponents as well as home and away dates for all 10 Final Round qualifiers that will determine the three automatic berths for CONCACAF in 2010 in South Africa. The United States Costa Rica and El Salvador have already advanced to the Final Round with the remaining three teams to be determined on Nov. 19 on the final matchday of the semifinal phase.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF) Matt Pickens (out of contract)
DEFENDERS (6): Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA) Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy) Cory Gibbs (Colorado Rapids) Clarence Goodson (IK Start) Drew Moor (FC Dallas) Michael Parkhurst (New England Revolution)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco) Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo) Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA) Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids) John Thorrington (Chicago Fire)
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal) Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards) Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids) Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas) Chris Rolfe (Chicago Fire)