U.S. World Cup roster announced

Following is the Associated Press story on the announcement this morning of the U.S. World Cup roster. There were some surprises…

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Davies has failed in his attempt to make
the U.S. World Cup team seven months after nearly being killed in a
car crash.

The forward has been sidelined since the Oct. 13 accident. He
was omitted Tuesday from the 30-man U.S. preliminary roster, from
which coach Bob Bradley will select his final, 23-player team.
The team will gather next week for training camp. The Americans
leave for South Africa on May 30, and open the World Cup against
England on June 12.

A 23-year-old from New Hampshire and Boston College, Davies was
in his first season with Sochaux in France when he was seriously
hurt in a crash on the George Washington Parkway in Virginia that
killed another passenger.

Two forwards came from off the radar to earn invitations to the
camp in Princeton, N.J.: Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy and
Herculez Gomez of Mexico’s Puebla. Eddie Johnson also was picked
for forward after scoring three goals for Aris in the Greek
playoffs.

Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, a veteran of the 2002 and 2006
World Cup teams, was selected despite not starting for Glasgow
Rangers since March 9.

Houston forward Brian Ching, sidelined since a hamstring injury
April 1, also was picked.

Colorado forward Conor Casey, whose two goals at Honduras
clinched a World Cup berth last October, was omitted, as was Aris’
Freddy Adu.

Buddle, a 28-year-old from New York City’s Westchester suburbs,
has made just one appearance for the national team, getting 11
minutes as a substitute in an exhibition seven years ago. Gomez, a
28-year-old who was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Las Vegas,
played twice for the national team for a total of 67 minutes three
years ago in the Copa America.

Buddle leads Major League Soccer with nine goals and Gomez
became the first American to lead the Mexican league in scoring,
tying for the high with 10 goals. Neither was even listed in the
U.S. team’s 2010 media guide at the start of the year.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann
(Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein
(Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit
(Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Chad
Marshall (Columbus), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Heath Pearce
(Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland),
Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Michael Bradley (Borussia
Moenchengladbach, Germany), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt,
Germany), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los
Angeles), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Benny Feilhaber
(AGF Aarhus, Denmark), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Sacha
Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Jose Torres
(Pachuca, Mexico).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Edson Buddle (Los
Angeles), Brian Ching (Houston), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake),
Herculez Gomez (Puebla, Mexico), Eddie Johnson (Aris, Greece).