Bradley Announces Cooper-Less WCQ Roster
Obviously, US men's national team coach Bob Bradley is not a frequent reader of this publication. If said 'gaffer' was, what he would well know is that not calling in Kenny Cooper to his squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers was of paramount importance and that his persistent insistence on leaving the streaking striker out of the selection was tantamount to treason. Or something else that's sounds highfalutin'.
But he doesn't (and probably shouldn't) read TOR and Big Kenny's been left wanting while Eddie "I haven't scored in ages" Johnson and Brian Ching get the call once again. It's like he's spent the calendar year so far listening to the title track from Wilco's 2002 documentary "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" on blast and on repeat while thinking solely of my desire to see the Cooper's shirtless caveman goal celebration once more.
And I hate to say this after being (regrettably) less than nice about him in the past, but how does Edson Buddle not get a look either? Damn. I haven’t been this bummed since James went missing on What's Happening. Here's the complete list of who was called up for the August 20th match v. Guatemala in all it's FrankenCooper-less glory.
Tim Howard, Brad Guzan
Steve Cherundolo, Gooch, Carlos Bocanegra, Heath Pearce, Frankie Hejduk, Jay DeMerit
Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Pablo Mastroeni, Eddie Lewis
FORWARDS: Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Brian Ching, Clint Dempsey