A chance for the U.S. to measure up against top-class opposition

June 12, 2009
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
Practically from the moment Bob Bradley took over as head coach of the U.S. men's national team, it was evident what players would comprise the core of his squad. The defense would be anchored by goalkeeper Tim Howard, as well as defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu. The attack would depend largely on Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, while Michael Bradley would be one of the linchpins in the center of midfield.

Yet filling in the remaining pieces has proved more difficult than ...

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