The last month has been a very busy one in the world of soccer. FIFA is in the midst of a corruption scandal, the Women's World Cup is now under way, and the Philadelphia Union have seem to found a decent run of form after a dreadful start to the season. With all of this going on, it may have been easy to forget that the CONCACAF Gold Cup final and third-place game will be taking place in Philadelphia (July 26) and Chester (July 25) respectively.
Today Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 35-man preliminary roster for the upcoming tournament. Now one would have to assume that with the final of this tournament taking place in the birthplace of our nation that Klinsmann would want to pander to the hometown crowd a little bit by maybe including a Philadelphia Union player. Sadly, it has been over a year since Union captain Maurice Edu has received a call-up from the United States National Team, further increasing his stay in the "Klinsmann's doghouse". So it seems our dream of seeing Edu carry the Gold Cup around Lincoln Financial Field will go unrealized. I guess Michael Orozco will have to do in his stead.
Despite Edu's absence, Klinsmann has named quite a strong roster. Understandably so, as he looks to avoid the mistake made by his predecessor Bob Bradley. Bradley lost the Gold Cup despite a successful 2010 World Cup campaign. There is a solid mix of European, Liga MX, and MLS talent sprinkled with some Klinsmann-esque surprises (I'm looking at you Alan Gordon). 12 of the 35 will be sent home in the coming weeks, but I would expect the strongest roster possible for this upcoming tournament. The full roster can be found below.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid, Nick Rimando, William Yarbrough
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado, DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Anthony Brooks, Timothy Chandler, Brad Evans, Greg Garza, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco, Tim Ream, Brek Shea, DeAndre Yedlin
Forwards: Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Alan Gordon, Aron Johannsson, Jordan Morris, Chris Wondolowski