The 2010 USA World Cup roster felt confident leading into the tournament. They had previously defeated Spain in the Confederations Cup and had no issues qualifying for the first World Cup in Africa.
In their first match against arch-rivals England, they drew 1-1- thanks to a Clint Dempsey equalizer. After that, they were held to a 2-2 draw with Slovenia and defeated Algeria 1-0 in the final group C game. However, this was good enough to qualify for the round of 16 knockout matches.
Leading into the game, coach Bob Bradley was confident that his players would overcome Ghana and qualify for the quarter-finals. But, unfortunately, the hearts of the US soccer community sank when Ghana counter-attacked, and Asamoah Gyan scored a 93rd-minute winner to win 2-1 in extra time.
Here is a review of each player involved in the 2010 USA World Cup roster:
Date of Birth: 6 March 1979
Height: 187 cm
Shirt number: 1
First international: USA – Ecuador (10 March 2002)
Tim Howard is a former soccer player known for his time as the number-one goalkeeper on the USA World Cup roster in 2010. He played for clubs such as Everton and Manchester United and was recognized for his exceptional athleticism and shot-stopping ability.
Howard began his professional career in the lower leagues of New Jersey before joining the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) in 1998, where he quickly became a fan favorite and won the MLS goalkeeper of the year award in 2001.
His performances caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed him for Manchester United in 2003. Howard won an FA Cup with United in 2004 but struggled with a loss of confidence and was eventually sold to Everton in 2005.
He established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper for the club and the US national team, playing in the 2006 World Cup and winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Date of Birth: 9 September 1984
Height: 193 cm
Shirt number: 18
First international: USA – Guatemala (19 February 2006)
At just 25, Brad Guzan was quickly making a name for himself in the highly competitive world of top-tier goalkeeping. Even though experience and patience are often more important than raw talent, Guzan’s abilities have propelled him to the upper echelons of the sport.
As the backup to Brad Friedel at Aston Villa in the English Premier League, Guzan was also a valued member of the USA national team behind Tim Howard. He began his professional career with Chivas USA in Los Angeles. His exceptional shot-stopping, lightning-fast reflexes, and calm demeanor quickly made him one of the league’s top goalkeepers.
His performances earned him the title of the league’s best goalkeeper in 2007 and caught the eye of Villa manager Martin O’Neill, who brought him to England. Despite limited playing time, Guzan was proven himself to be a reliable option whenever called upon.
Before the 2010 World Cup, the goalkeeper had earned ten caps for the US national team and was an integral part of the squad that reached the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. His performances in the youth set-up also earned him a spot in the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing in 2008. Guzan has cemented his position as a strong stand-in for Howard and continues to impress on the field.
Date of Birth: 15 June 1972
Height: 192 cm
Shirt number: 23
First international: Trinidad and Tobago – USA (19 November 1994)
Despite being a highly skilled and dependable goalkeeper who has been thriving in the English leagues for a decade, Marcus Hahnemann is unlikely to see any playing time in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Nevertheless, his inclusion in coach Bob Bradley’s team is a testament to his resilience and swift reflexes.
Starting his professional career in his hometown of Washington, where he played with distinction in college, Hahnemann signed with the Seattle Sounders. He later moved on to the Colorado Rapids in the MLS and then to England with Fulham, Rochdale, and Reading, where he made 276 appearances and had spells in the Premier League. He also spent a season at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Although Hahnemann has faced tough competition for a regular spot on the national team, with notable goalkeepers such as Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel, and Tim Howard, he has still proven himself to be a valuable asset when called upon.
He made his debut for the US in 1994, was on the squad that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1995, and was an unused substitute in Germany’s 2006 FIFA World Cup. However, the fan favorite was selected as the third-choice goalkeeper on the USMNT 2010 World Cup roster.
Date of Birth: 1 March 1986
Height: 183 cm
Shirt number: 2
First international: USA – Jamaica (17 November 2004)
Jonathan Spector’s rise in English football was nothing short of remarkable. Despite being just 24 years old, he had already made a name for himself with Manchester United and the US youth national team. However, several injuries have hindered his progress and limited his playing time.
Despite this, Spector remains a valuable asset to US head coach Bob Bradley and a potential addition to the 2010 World Cup roster. Spector’s career began with a bang when he played for the US U-17 team in the FIFA World Cup in Finland in 2003.
After joining Manchester United as a teenager in 2001, he made a few appearances for the first team and was sent on loan to Charlton Athletic in 2005. However, injuries began to take a toll on him, and he was seen as injury-prone.
In 2006, he moved to West Ham United and regained his fitness while securing regular playing time. He made his senior national team debut in 2003 against Jamaica, and in 2005, he played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands.
He was in contention for a spot in the 2006 World Cup team, but a shoulder injury ended his hopes. Nevertheless, the defender was a team member that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and started every game as the US reached the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.
Date of Birth: 13 May 1982
Height: 192 cm
Shirt number: 5
First international: USA – Panama (13 October 2004)
Oguchi Onyewu, also known as “Gooch,” may look like an American football player, but he brings size, power, and tenacity to the backline of the USA’s 2010 World Cup squad. Standing at 6’4″ and weighing 210 pounds, Onyewu is a formidable presence on the soccer field.
Despite his size, he is surprisingly agile and mobile. Onyewu’s journey to the national team began in college, where he played for two years before opting to pursue a career in Europe instead of joining Major League Soccer.
In 2002, he signed with the French team Metz before being loaned to the Belgian soccer team La Louvière. He eventually settled in Belgium with Standard Liege, quickly becoming a key player.
In 2007, he was loaned to Newcastle United in the English Premier League but struggled to adapt to the pace of the game and returned to Liege. Despite the loan not working out, he helped Standard win the domestic title in 2008.
Onyewu has been a stalwart on the national team since his debut in 2004, starting all three games for the USA in the 2006 World Cup and playing a vital role in the team’s CONCACAF Gold Cup victories in 2005, 2007, and 2009. His performances in the latter tournament earned him a contract with Italian powerhouse AC Milan.
Date of Birth: 25 May 1979
Height: 184 cm
Shirt number: 3
First international: Korea Republic – USA (9 December 2001)
Carlos Bocanegra, the unyielding leader of the USA team, is a fierce center-back known for his willingness to sacrifice his body for the American cause.
The California-born defender, with Mexican heritage, made a name for himself in Major League Soccer with the Chicago Fire. In his debut season of 2000, he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year and went on to reach the MLS Cup final, win the US Open Cup, and earn the title of MLS defender of the year twice in 2002 and 2003.
His defensive prowess earned him a move to English Premier League’s Fulham in 2004, where he played 124 games and scored 12 goals. He also played as a left-back and a holding midfielder in England but was released by new manager Roy Hodgson in 2008, after which he joined Rennes in France’s Ligue 1.
Bocanegra made his debut for the national team in 2001 and has earned over 60 caps. Since 2007, he has been the captain of the 2010 USA World Cup Roster and commands respect with his ten goals, most of which were scored with his head.
Date of Birth: 19 February 1979
Height: 168 cm
Shirt number: 6
First international: Jamaica – USA (8 September 1999)
Steve Cherundolo, a formidable and dependable right-back, has been an American success story in Europe for over a decade. His robust, reliable, and sharp positional sense, coupled with his desire to push forward, make him a vital component of Bob Bradley’s 2010 US World Cup squad. With only two years of college football under his belt, Cherundolo moved to Germany in 1999 and joined Hannover 96, then in the second division of the country’s professional league.
He quickly established himself as the team’s first-choice right-back and helped lead the team to promotion to the top flight. He even occasionally wears the captain’s armband. Cherundolo has a wealth of experience and professional insight.
He earned his first cap for the US national team in 1999, and despite struggling with injuries, he has become a favorite in his position for both Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley. He was part of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning team but missed out on the USA’s run to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final due to injury. He has made 57 appearances and scored two goals for the national team.
Date of Birth: 7 November 1984
Height: 175 cm
Shirt number: 12
Current club: Chivas USA (USA)
First international: USA – Denmark (20 January 2007)
Jonathan Bornstein, a relatively fresh face on the US national team in 2010, has carved out a place for himself in Bob Bradley’s squad through impressive performances with MLS club Chivas USA.
The 24-year-old Californian of mixed Mexican and Jewish heritage initially began his MLS career as a left-back in 2007 under Bob Bradley due to a shortage of players in that position caused by injuries.
However, Bornstein has shown versatility by appearing in attack, midfield, and defense. Though Bradley primarily utilizes Bornstein as a left-back for the national team, earning him nearly 30 caps since 2007, his versatility makes him a valuable asset for the team, particularly during times of injury crisis. This versatility earned him a spot in the 2010 USA World Cup Roster.
Date of Birth: 4 December 1979
Height: 180 cm
Shirt number: 15
First international: USA – Guatemala (28 March 2007)
Jay DeMerit, a towering center-back hailing from the American Midwest, has established himself as a formidable force in England’s football scene.
Despite humble beginnings with a semi-professional team, the Wisconsin native caught the attention of Watford and earned a spot in the Premier League, where he accumulated over 160 appearances and even captained the club on occasion.
However, his success overseas did not go unnoticed by the United States national team, who called up DeMerit in 2007, and he has since become a staple in the US defense, participating in the victorious 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and shining during the US’ run to the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup. His impressive performances earned him a spot on the 2010 World Cup roster.
Date of Birth: 17 May 1982
Height: 193 cm
Shirt number: 21
First international: USA – Sweden (19 January 2008)
As the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa approached, USA coach Bob Bradley could turn to the towering presence of central defender Clarence Goodson.
Goodson’s big frame and strength could prove vital to the American defense, with regular starter Oguchi Onyewu still recovering from a knee injury in the lead up of the 2010 World Cup.
Goodson began his professional career in the MLS with FC Dallas in 2004, where he made 76 appearances and even scored a few goals off set pieces due to his impressive leaping ability.
However, in 2008, he decided to test his skills overseas, signing with the Norwegian club IK Start. He quickly established himself as a top defender in the league, scoring 11 goals in 52 appearances.
The USA soccer coach noticed his success in Scandinavia, who included Goodson in his experimental squad for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Goodson impacted the tournament, scoring a goal in the semi-final against Honduras before losing the final 5-0 to Mexico. With his proven track record and solid performances, Goodson could be a valuable asset for the American squad in South Africa.
Date of Birth: 31 July 1987
Height: 185 cm
Shirt number: 4
First international: USA – Venezuela (26 May 2006)
At just 22 years old, Michael Bradley has already established himself as an essential player for the USA national team, coached by his father. Known for his powerful midfield presence and ability to thread precise passes, he’s a force to be reckoned with on the field.
Growing up in a football-centric household, Bradley began his professional career at 16 with the MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) under his father’s guidance. After a slow start and an injury, he broke into the team and eventually headed to the Netherlands to play for Heerenveen, becoming the youngest player sold by Major League Soccer at the time.
He then moved on to play for Borussia Monchengladbach in the German Bundesliga. With experience playing in international tournaments such as the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the Olympic Football Tournament, Bradley has played a key role in the USA team’s success in recent years, including their first-ever appearance in the final at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Date of Birth: 24 May 1982
Height: 170 cm
Shirt number: 7
First international: USA – China PR (27 January 2001)
Date of Birth: 9 March 1983
Height: 185 cm
Shirt number: 8
First international: USA – Jamaica (17 November 2004)
Hailing from the small town of Nacogdoches, Texas, Clint Dempsey has made a name for himself as a formidable player on the pitch.
Known for his skillful touch and dynamic abilities, the now-veteran midfielder cut his teeth in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution, where he quickly became a fan favorite and earned the title of Rookie of the Year.
With three MLS Cups under his belt, Dempsey set his sights on bigger opportunities and eventually moved to the English Premier League with Fulham in 2006. Despite a slow start, he quickly established himself as a top scorer and key player in the high-paced world of the EPL.
He has since become a regular starter for the team under coach Roy Hodgson and is respected by players and coaches for his abilities and fighting spirit.
Off the field, Dempsey is also known for his passion for hip-hop music and has earned numerous accolades, including US national team player of the year in 2006 and US Soccer athlete of the year in 2007. He was among the first players selected for the 2010 USA World Cup roster.
Date of Birth: 04 March 1982
Height: 173 cm
Shirt number: 10
First international: USA – Mexico (25 October 2000)
In 1999, Landon Donovan made a name for himself by winning the Golden Ball award for the best player at the FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand.
This achievement led to his first invitation to a United States national team training camp, where he quickly established himself as one of his generation’s most talented and technically gifted American players.
Donovan’s senior international debut came in 2001, where he showcased his ability to press forward and score goals in abundance.
This earned him a spot on the US national team squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, where he played a crucial role in helping the team reach the quarter-finals at just 20 years of age.
While his international career was rising, Donovan’s club career was a bit more tumultuous. He signed with German club Bayer Leverkusen in 1999 but struggled to adapt to the pressure and was sent back to the United States on loan to gain more experience. He then led the San Jose Earthquakes to two MLS championships in 2001 and 2003.
In 2004, Leverkusen recalled Donovan for another shot at the big European leagues. Still, his unhappiness in Germany led to a return to the United States and a contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he led the team to an MLS championship in 2005 and a runner-up finish in 2009.
Donovan’s international career had its ups and downs, including criticism for his play during the 2006 World Cup, but he eventually reclaimed his form and confidence and is now the USA’s all-time top scorer and occasional captain.
He also had successful loan spells with Bayern Munich in 2009 and Everton in 2010. Despite criticism for not performing well in big games, Donovan is widely considered one of the best American players, and his teammates are counting on him to score crucial goals in the upcoming World Cup.
Date of Birth: 1 August 1985
Height: 178 cm
Shirt number: 11
First international: Grenada – USA (04 July 2009)
At 24, Stuart Holden has established himself as a valuable asset for the US national team, with the ability to play in various positions on the field. Bob Bradley, the team’s coach, can count on him for an attacking midfield role or on the right wing. The Scottish-born player has been on an upward trajectory in recent times.
His career took a turn for the worse when he moved to the English club Sunderland in 2005, but he never got to play a single game for them.
However, he didn’t let this setback keep him down and returned to the United States the following year, joining Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. With the Texan team, he helped them win back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007, catching the attention of the national team coaches.
This success earned him a move back to England to play for Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in January 2010. He made his debut for the senior US national team in 2009 and has since picked up 13 caps and scored two goals.
His energy and determination will be valuable to the team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Date of Birth: 10 February 1983
Height: 178 cm
Shirt number: 13
First international: USA – Panama (12 October 2005)
Ricardo Clark, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has proven himself a valuable asset to USA coach Bob Bradley with his tireless work ethic and youthful energy in the midfield.
After a promising debut season, he began his professional career with the MetroStars in 2003 and was a finalist for ‘rookie of the year’ in Major League Soccer. He then moved to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005 and later to Houston Dynamo in 2006, where he helped the team win back-to-back MLS titles.
His impressive performances earned him a move to Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt. Clark first appeared in the US national team in 2005 and has since become a regular under Bob Bradley, standing out in the fairytale win over Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and in the South Africa 2010 qualifying campaign where the USA finished first in the CONCACAF zone.
Date of Birth: 29 October 1987
Height: 168 cm
Shirt number: 16
First international: USA – Cuba (11 October 2008)
Born in Texas, Francisco Torres is the son of Mexican-American parents. He was recruited as a teenager to play for Mexican club Pachuca and made his way into the starting lineup in 2008, playing in all three games at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
Despite being eligible to play for either the US or Mexico, Torres initially appeared to be leaning towards the latter when he turned down an opportunity to play for the US at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, a few months later, he pledged his allegiance to the US.
Almost immediately, he was called up to the national team by coach Bob Bradley and made his debut in October of that year. He quickly established himself as a valuable option on the left side of midfield for the US squad that competed in the 2010 World Cup.
He was also a part of the squad that reached the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa the previous year.
Date of Birth: 18 April 1986
Height: 183 cm
Shirt number: 19
First international: Switzerland – USA (17 October 2007)
A force to be reckoned with in the middle of the soccer field, Maurice Edu is a central midfield option known for his physical prowess and ability to advance from a deep-lying role and contribute to the attack at crucial moments. Edu is a rising star in the American ranks possessing speed, strength, and a fearless attitude.
Leaving college early to join Toronto FC in 2007, Edu quickly made a name for himself and was named the North American league’s ‘rookie of the year.’ This caught the attention of European clubs, and Edu signed with Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Rangers in 2008. Despite dealing with injuries, Edu has re-established himself as a critical player for the team.
Edu made his debut for the US national team in 2007 and has since become a regular despite his injury struggles. However, he missed the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup campaign, where the US reached the final after a strong performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Date of Birth: 19 January 1985
Height: 175 cm
Shirt number: 22
First international: USA – Ecuador (25 March 2007)
Benny Feilhaber’s journey to collegiate soccer in the USA was unusual. Born in Rio de Janeiro with Austrian-Jewish ancestry, he was discovered by chance playing soccer on the UCLA campus. After impressing in tryouts, he quickly established himself as a standout player on the team and with the USA’s youth national squad.
Following an outstanding performance in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands in 2005, he was recruited by Hamburg of the Bundesliga, where he made his first-team debut a year later.
However, his stint at Derby County in the English Premier League in 2007 was unsuccessful, which led him to settle in Denmark with AGF.
Despite his elegant playmaking abilities, Feilhaber has often been overshadowed by teammates such as Landon Donovan and has struggled with injuries and form. Nevertheless, he has accumulated 31 caps since his debut in 2007, scoring two goals, with the most notable being his long-range winner against Mexico in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
He was also a part of the American squad that went to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. He was the last name on the 2010 USA World Cup roster, wearing the number 22.
Date of Birth: 6 April 1982
Height: 178 cm
Shirt number: 9
First international: Argentina – USA (28 June 2007)
Herculez Gomez’s unexpected inclusion in the final roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa resulted from his exceptional form with the Mexican club Puebla.
With a limited number of appearances for the US national team, the 28-year-old striker of Mexican-American descent had a breakout season in 2010, scoring ten goals in 14 appearances and earning the title of top scorer in the Clausura league.
Despite a journeyman career, beginning in Durango, Mexico, and playing for various lower league teams before a stint with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Gomez’s success in Mexico earned him a spot in the World Cup roster.
Though he had yet to feature in any of the USA’s qualifications, his ability to make an impact as a substitute could make him a valuable asset for coach Bob Bradley in tight matches.
Date of Birth: 21 May 1981
Height: 185 cm
Shirt number: 14
The inclusion of Edson Buddle in the USA’s squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa came as a surprise, but his explosive pace and goal-scoring ability have made him a valuable asset for the team.
Despite being 29 years old and not having much experience with the national team, his impressive form with the LA Galaxy has earned him a spot on the roster.
Buddle began his club career in the lower leagues of the US but made a name for himself with the Columbus Crew, scoring 42 goals in 101 appearances. He then moved to the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC but failed to replicate his success.
In 2007, he joined the LA Galaxy and formed a successful partnership with Landon Donovan. He had a solid start to the 2010 season, scoring nine goals in nine games and leading the league in scoring.
Although he made his debut for the US national team in 2003, he has only earned a handful of appearances since then. He did not participate in any of the 2010 qualifiers for the World Cup, but his potential to make an impact off the bench could be a valuable asset for the team in South Africa.
Date of Birth: 6 November 1989
Height: 185 cm
Shirt number: 17
First international: South Africa – USA (17 November 2007)
An emerging force in the world of soccer, Jozy Altidore is poised to take the mantle left by former US soccer icon Brian McBride. At 19 years old, Altidore made a powerful impact in the domestic league, scoring 15 goals in 37 appearances over two seasons with the New York Red Bulls.
His impressive skills, goal-scoring ability, and ability to elevate those around him caught the attention of one of Europe’s top talent evaluators, former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean coach quickly brought Altidore to La Liga with Villarreal in the 2008 season for a record-breaking 10 million USD transfer from MLS.
Altidore scored his first goal against Athletic Bilbao, becoming the first American to score in Spain’s elite league.
Despite a loan to second-division leader Xerez in 2009 that limited his playing time, Altidore has been a consistent contributor to the US national team, earning his first cap in 2007 and scoring a hat trick against Trinidad and Tobago in April 2009 to become the youngest hat trick hero in US history.
He was selected as the third striker for the 2010 USMNT World Cup roster.
Date of Birth: 4 August 1985
Height: 175 cm
Shirt number: 20
First international: Switzerland – USA (17 October 2007)
Robbie Findley’s incredible performances for Real Salt Lake put him on the radar of the national team coach as the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa approached.
After a successful college career, the fast-footed striker played for teams in the US lower leagues before joining LA Galaxy in 2007. Still, he was soon sent to Real Salt Lake, where he played a vital role in the team’s surprising run to the MLS championship in 2009.
His knack for scoring goals earned him a reputation as a deadly finisher. Despite having dual citizenship between the USA and Trinidad and Tobago, Findley chose to represent the US.
With only three appearances for the senior national team, he is unlikely to be a starter in South Africa, but his speed and goal-scoring ability make him a valuable option off the bench.
Date of Birth: 3 March 1958
Bob Bradley’s appointment as coach of the US national team was met with surprise by some experts who were expecting a big foreign name to take over from Bruce Arena. However, since taking the reins, the thoughtful tactician has proven to be a valuable asset for the Americans.
Despite never playing professionally, Bradley’s approach has reaped heavy benefits for the team. He came of age in the United States and played a proud four years at Princeton University between 1976 and 1980. He took up his first managerial post at the University of Ohio at
the young age of 22 and honed his coaching skills at Princeton for 11 seasons from 1984 to 1995.
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He then moved on to Major League Soccer when it was established in 1996. He helped DC United win back-to-back titles in 1996 and 1997 and was named coach of the year for 1998 after leading Chicago to the MLS crown and US Open Cup in their first year. He then moved on to the struggling MetroStars and led them to their first Open Cup final.
After being sacked from the Metros, Bob headed to Chivas USA in 2006 and revived the side. He was appointed head coach of the US national team in December 2008. Bradley led the USA to CONCACAF Gold Cup glory in 2007 and to a first-place finish in North, Central American, and Caribbean qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He also led the team to the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup, where they eventually lost to Brazil.
2010 USA Soccer Jersey
When the 2010 USA soccer jersey was released, it certainly reminded us of the 1950 shirt that the United States 1950 shirt when they defeated England.
Designed by Nike, it was a white shirt with a light gray sash. In addition, the shirt had a rounded navy blue color. It certainly looks classy.
Nike claims it was 13 percent lighter and 10 percent more stretchy than previous shirts. To keep players cooler, it used Nike’s new Dry-fit technology and recycled polyester to construct these shirts.
The away kit was a navy blue shirt with a white sash and red outline and looked good on the chaps who were selected for the 2010 USA World Cup roster.