The US will announce its roster for the England match soon, perhaps as early as Tuesday. While the task of paring down the original 33 players to a squad to face England was likely difficult, the task of selecting 33 players was likely even more challenging. Coach Bob Bradley had to consider - among many factors - injuries, drop in form, unexpected rise in form for the upcoming friendlies against England, Spain and Argentina all while keeping an eye on World Cup qualifying.
By all accounts, Bradley did well to call in 33 players to the team as the original group features a wealth of talent, experience and youth. But there are more players deserving of a callup or that were passed over. I've compiled a list of 11 players I think have played well enough this season that, along with past experience and future potential, possibly merited a callup.
Now, I'm not going to make the case that any of these players should have been called up instead of any of the 33. But what I do want to point out is that there is seemingly a surge of quality depth in MLS, both among young players and experienced former national teamers. The dropoff from player 33 to player 34, thus, is not as severe as it has been in the past.
With that, here's the list. It took some tweaking (too many center backs, only one forward) but I put the squad together nonetheless.
G: Matt Reis, New England
D: Michael Parkhurst, New England
D: Chad Marshall, Columbus
D: Bakary Soumare, Chicago
D: Jimmy Conrad, Kansas City
M: Chris Klein, Los Angeles
M: Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake
M: Steve Ralston, New England
M: Colin Clark, Colorado
M: Justin Mapp, Chicago
F: Chris Rolfe, Chicago
Will any of these players suit up for the US anytime soon? It's possible. Michael Parkhurst's exclusion was surprising given his strong play for New England. Jimmy Conrad has proven himself for the US while Chris Rolfe has good upside (the forward crop after him, though, was very slim).
Anyway, what do you think about this list? Agree or disagree? Anyone else not called up and not listed here that should have been looked at?