Bradley names squad for Honduras, Costa Rica games
CHICAGO -- Defender Jimmy Conard and forward Kenny Cooper were picked for a largely unchanged U.S. roster for World Cup qualifiers at Honduras on Oct. 10 and against Costa Rica four days later at Washington, D.C.
Defenders Jay DeMerit (eye infection) and Chad Marshall (sprained left knee ligament) were dropped along with midfielder Kyle Beckerman and forward Robbie Findley (coach's decision).
Oguchi Onyewu heads the defense after making his competitive debut for AC Milan as a 60th-minute substitute in Wednesday's 1-0 European Champions League loss to Zurich. He is joined by captain Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo and Jonathan Spector.
Michael Bradley figures to be in the midfield with along with Clint Dempsey. Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies and Brian Ching are among the forwards.
Seeking its sixth straight World Cup berth, the United States (5-2-1) leads North and Central America and the Caribbean with 16 points. Mexico (5-3) is second with 15, followed by Honduras (4-3-1) with 13 and Costa Rica (4-4) with 12.
The top three nations qualify for next year's tournament in South Africa, and the No. 4 team faces South America's fifth-place nation in a home-and-home playoff for a berth. The U.S. can clinch with a victory at Honduras, or a tie or a win against Costa Rica.
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England)
Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Ricardo Clark (Houston), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus, Denmark), Stuart Holden (Houston), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca, Mexico)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Conor Casey (Colorado), Brian Ching (Houston), Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich, Germany), Charlie Davies (Sochaux, France), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles)
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