Gold Cup Soccer Tournament Preview
After finishing second at the Confederations Cup in South Africa, the Americans will vie for a third consecutive Gold Cup title with a roster of mostly secondary players eager to make an impression before next year's World Cup. Veterans Cherundolo and Ching return from injury, while Adu, 20, has an opportunity to prove himself after not playing in the Confederations Cup. Canada (in 2000) is the only team other than the United States and Mexico (four titles apiece) to win the championship. Honduras was the last team from the CONCACAF region to beat the Americans at a U.S. venue -- eight years ago in a World Cup qualifier at RFK.
Goalkeepers: Jon Busch, Brad Guzan*, Troy Perkins, Luis Robles.
Defenders: Jonathan Bornstein*, Jimmy Conrad, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson (W.T. Woodson H.S./U. of Maryland), Jay Heaps, Chad Marshall, Michael Parkhurst, Heath Pearce.
Midfielders: Davy Arnaud, Kyle Beckerman (Crofton), Colin Clark, Ricardo Clark*, Sam Cronin, Brad Evans, Benny Feilhaber*, Stuart Holden, Sacha Kljestan*, Logan Pause, Robbie Rogers (Maryland).
Forwards: Freddy Adu (Potomac), Jozy Altidore*, Conor Casey*, Brian Ching, Kenny Cooper, Charlie Davies, Santino Quaranta (D.C. United).
*Available but not training full-time with squad
-- Steven Goff