26 May 2010
Tim Howard of Everton, Brad Guzan of Aston Villa and Marcus Hahnemann of Wolverhampton Wanderers are the three goalkeepers named today in the USA’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup. All ply their trade in the English Premier League, and English clubs contribute eight players altogether.
The full story is on the US Soccer official website here.
As the story says: “Overall, players representing clubs from 10 different countries will be heading to South Africa. A record 19 players on the roster play professionally for clubs outside the United States. The average number of caps earned is 34, compared to 44 in 2006. Likewise, the team is slightly younger than four years earlier, the average age slightly under 27 years old while in 2006 that number was closer to 28.5 years of age.”
Only Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas), Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle (both LA Galaxy), and Robbie Findley (Salt Lake) play at home in the MLS.
The other English-based players are DeMerit (Watford), Spector (West Ham), Dempsey (Fulham), Holden (Bolton) and Altidore (Hull).
Players based in England, France, the USA, Germany, Norway, Italy, Scotland, Denmark, Mexico and Spain (including Altidore’s parent club Villarreal) are in the squad.