Projecting US squad for South Africa friendly
In the next
few days, Bob Bradley will announce the players traveling with him to take on
South Africa in Cape Town's Green Point Stadium on Nov. 17 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavisión).
The fixture presents serious
logistical problems for those finding time on clubs in Europe, complicating the
coach's decision-making process. Despite the difficulties, Bradley should be
able to corral a solid group that can compete in a fixture that's more about
goodwill than winning.
[inline_node:316419]Tim Howard -- Ideally, the Everton netminder
would get some rest and give way to Brad Guzan, but who would be the Aston Villa 'keeper's backup?
Brad Guzan -- Brad Friedel's understudy shined
against Colombia in October, but it's back to the bench once again.
Jonathan Bornstein -- One last opportunity for American fans to see Jonny B before he departs for Mexican side Tigres UANL.
[inline_node:319852]Tim Ream -- The central
defender won't make the Eastern Conference final in his sublime rookie
season. The good news is that he earns his first call to the national
team as a result.
Oguchi Onyewu -- After a dust-up with Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, getting out of Milan for a minute might do Gooch some good.
Clarence Goodson -- "Dear Mr. Goodson: Until further
notice, the starting center-back spot is yours. Regards, Bob."
Eric Lichaj -- Let's see what Guzan's teammate
can do during a full 90 on the Cape Town field.
Jonathan Spector -- Perhaps a run-around against Bafana
Bafana will help the fullback find his groove.
Alejandro Bedoya -- Fly up and down the wing, young
Benny Feilhaber -- The creative midfielder should
get another chance to start. Will he finally make an impact?
[inline_node:315580]Robbie Rogers -- Another player who benefits from
his MLS squad's premature departure from the playoffs.
Sacha Kljestan -- Bradley could leave
Kljestan to continue maturing at Anderlecht, but he may choose to see what the
improving second-stringer can do when put in charge of the offense.
Kyle Beckerman -- The midfielder doesn't play the
prettiest soccer, but he can be effective in this match.
DaMarcus Beasley -- Can a strong
showing help Beasley find a team during the January transfer window?
Geoff Cameron -- Perhaps a stretch as a January
appearance makes more sense, but the midfield options are limited if Bradley
wants to avoid calling the A-team.
[inline_node:314743]Robbie Findley -- RSL's loss is
Jozy Altidore -- While the striker is getting time
at Villarreal, a match with the Stars and Stripes won't hurt.
Eddie Johnson -- More by default than anything
Noah Davis covers the United States national team for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.