The U.S. Men's national team revealed its 23-man roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and, despite Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes saying it would happen last week, KC's Teal Bunbury wasn't on it.
The tournament takes place from June 5-23 in 13 venues across the United States -- including a doubleheader with the U.S. national team on June 14th at Livestrong Sporting Park. There will be many familiar faces (Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra and Landon Donovan) and one familiar face you haven't seen in a while (Freddy Adu).
"We have said since the start of the new cycle that winning the Gold Cup this year is a top priority, and that was our focus as we built this roster,” said U.S. coach Bob Bradley in a press release. “We have a very experienced group, and we know that in a tournament like this all 23 players will need to contribute in order for us to be successful.”
The roster by position:GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
I have to say I'm stunned that Bunbury didn't make the list. I thought for sure he, and former KC forward Herculez Gomez, would be featured. Instead, it seems that the current form of Kljestan and Wondolowski earned them a look. You could probably argue that Bunbury's current form -- which has been poor -- could've been a main factor as well.
This could wind up being a net positive for KC though, as the team will have a full-force attacking corps for the month of June.
KC will be without midfielders Stephane Auvray (Guadeloupe), Craig Rocastle (Grenada) and defenders Shavar Thomas (Jamaica) and Roger Espinoza (Honduras).
What do you think of the exclusion?