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November 11, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Bob Bradley names young USMNT team for South Africa trip

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In a couple days, the U.S. men’s national team is headed to Cape Town, South Africa, to compete next week in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge. For the exhibition, coach Bob Bradley called up a number of extremely young and inexperienced players worldwide.

“This game is a good opportunity to look at some different players and assess their place in the pool as we continue to build for the next cycle,” said Bradley said in a U.S. Soccer release. “With our immediate focus on the Gold Cup next summer, this game in many ways is just as much the start of 2011 as it is the end of a great year.”

Six players on the 18-man squad facing South Africa have never earned a cap. Seven others have 10 or less international appearances. Defender Jonathan Bornstein has the most with 35.

There is plenty of MLS representation, including some of the league’s emerging young talent (New York’s Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo, Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury). Some new names from the international scene include: Gale Agbossoumonde and Mikkel Diskerud. Should be interesting. Be sure to check out the detailed roster link below for more details.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Detailed Roster)

GOALKEEPERS (2): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Estoril Praia), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City Wizards), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

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