Okay, this is a bit of a shocker: Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury will suit up for the United States next Wednesday in South Africa. I thought it was going to be Michael Harrington that got the call, as Bunbury was still "undecided" about joining Canada or the USA. Instead, the 20-year-old is one of three strikers going to South Africa.
Good for Teal. While still young and learning, Bunbury has a combination of speed and raw power that the United States national team has severely lacked (depending of course on your opinion of Jozy Altidore). He played in 26 games for the Wizards this year, notching 5 goals and 2 assists.
Two other Wizards will be in action that day, defender Roger Espinoza will suit up for Honduras in a friendly against Panama and defender Shavar Thomas will likely captain Jamaica against Costa Rica.
U.S. head coach Bob Bradley went for a very experimental lineup, calling in only five "regulars." Among the youngsters getting a look: Goalkeeper Dominic Cervi, defenders Gale Agbossoumonde and Eric Lichaj, midfielder Mikkel Diskerud and forward Juan Agudelo. St. Louis-native Tim Ream was also called into the team.
The game against South Africa will be televised at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Here's the full roster:
Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
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)
Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City Wizards), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)