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Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 05/23/2011

U.S. Coach Bob Bradley comments on some of players left off Gold Cup roster

Bob Bradley’s comments on some of the players who were passed over for the U.S. national team roster:

Nurnberg outside back Timothy Chandler

“We have had a number of discussions with Timothy and the club. At the end of this season, his first real season playing at this level, we felt it didn’t make sense for him. He has carried a few little injuries of late, he has told us physically and mentally this season has been a hard one. The time wasn’t right.”

D.C. United forward Charlie Davies

“We certainly have seen a lot of progress from the start of the MLS season. We’re excited about that. I had a good conversation with him on the telephone the other day, and just told him that I still feel that it’s still not where it totally needs to be. You’re looking at strikers and you want to see goals, and he has done well to put himself in some good goal-scoring situations, but in terms of his all-around contribution, I still think he is working his way back and hopefully he can take those comments and keep moving forward.”

[Davies is currently sidelined with a strained hamstring and probably won’t return until the June 3 MLS match at Los Angeles.]

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Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury

“He hasn’t been as sharp as we would like so far in the season. That's a sign of him continuing to mature and grow. Quite honestly, another part of it is, as we watched different games, we felt strongly that Chris Wondolowski was in good form, has scored some good goals, some different kinds of goals. Chris seems to be a player that gets a couple of chances every game.”

Orebro winger Alejandro Bedoya

“We’ve seen some good things when he has come in as a sub — his energy, willingness to be involved. Nonetheless, we looked at some of the other players and now in some cases you have to make tough decisions where certain guys are almost in the same category.”

Columbus Crew Robbie Rogers, for instance, who made the squad.....

“Robbie has the ability to run at people, get behind people, capable of playing on both flanks.”

Norwich defender Zak Whitbread

“Zak had a very good second half of the season — injury free, helped his team [gain promotion]. We’ve had a chance to watch him. In a perfect world, this would’ve been a nice time to get to know him better because we have not had him in a camp. But when we put the roster together, it just didn’t work for Zak. We hope that he’ll continue to play well and we’ll have a chance to see him up close in the future.”

Staebek midfielder Mikael Diskerud

“He’s a younger player, has shown promise, so many different things are put into it when you look at a roster. Mixx is a player — and this is true of Teal, as well — the Olympic team situation coming up and other opportunities, we’ll see him again.”

Twente defender Oguchi Onyewu made the list but is recovering from an injury. “We will need to assess really carefully when he comes into camp. He has had some ups and downs with injuries.”

Bradley suggested he might use midfielder Clint Dempsey at forward, an option that probably dropped one of the pure forwards out of consideration.

“It was certainly not a situation where we were looking at Jozy [Altidore] vs. Herculez [Gomez]. Jozy is a young forward. His club form hasn’t been what he would want or what any of us would want. Jozy has certainly shown that he is an important player for our team. He has scored important goals as we went through qualifying, in Confederations Cup, and as much as he didn’t score in the World Cup, we still felt he was a little unlucky in that regard. We continue to work with him. Let’s not forget Jozy is still quite young. I will emphatically say that we believe Jozy has done a lot of important things for us and we’re going to continue to put him forward because he is a big part of things. Herculez did finish the season on a good note and we took note of that. Whenever you bring him in, he works hard, he is a mobile guy, but in this particular case, different things added up in a way and we made the decisions that we did.”

Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit

“Jay continues to be somebody that we think can play a big role for our national team. He took a lot of time off after the World Cup and so the number of games that he’s played in the last year, I think, if you were to consider the range of what Jay is all about on the field, he’s working his way back to the high end of what Jay’s all about and that was thrown off a little bit by some injuries. He now has 90 minutes under his belt in the cup game last Wednesday and so, we’re hopeful that Jay is going to now consistently be on the field and pick his game back up to the level that it’s been at the last two summers for us. Those are things that we’ll continue to monitor, for sure.”

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Tags:  U.S. national team, Gold Cup

 
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