Saturday, November 25, 2017

Jamaican /Jamaican diaspora Greatest All-Time Team

Jamaica at World Cup 1998

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USAMexicoCosta Rica.
Central America without Honduras Costa Rica, USA and Mexico
Canada or Canadian born Players
Black English players

This is my selection of All-Time Team for Jamaica and Jamaican diaspora.  Both players who were capped by Jamaica and any other national teams are qualified to be on this fantasy team. The key factor is contribution to Jamaican football. The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Jamaica is known for its fine athletes.   Lennox Lewis, Usain Bolt Donovan Bailey, etc all came from JamaicaSeveral Jamaican-born footballers such as England's John Barnes became star players in the UK and the United States.  However, its national football team never made almost any impact in the international stage until 1997.  In 1998, the Reggae Boyz qualified for the WC Finals in France.  Their success story was a mixture of a golden generation of homegrown talents and the mobilization of British Jamaican footballers in the English Preimer League. I have written a blog about the British-Jamaicans on Jamaica's 1998 World Cup team
Bob Marley playing against Alan Cole

GK: David James (England)
At the time of writing, David James is the third all-time Premier league appearance record holder. He starred for Liverpool as one of the "Spice Boys".  However, his reputation suffered after a series of blunders, earning the nickname of "Calamity James".  He picked up 53 caps for England.  He was the starting keeper at the European Champions in 2004 and the World Cup Finals in 2010.
David James
GK: Warren Barrett (Jamaica)
Barrett played mostly for Violet Kickers F.C., but also played one season for Wadadah F.C. in Jamaica.  He captained his nation at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. According to the Jamaica Football Federation, Barrett earned 127 caps for the Reggae Boyz, but this figure has not been officially acknowledged by FIFA.  

GK: Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica)
Ricketts played more than 100 games for Bradford City in England, and has more than 100 appearances in Major League Soccer and has twice been named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He was also the captain of the Jamaica national football team, earning 100 caps for his country, until his retirement from international football in 2013.

RB: Viv Anderson (England)
In 1978, Viv Anderson became the first Black player to play for the English senior national team. He would earn 30 caps between 1978 and 1988.  He was on two World Cup team: 1982 and 1986, and two European Championshiop team: 1980 and 1988. He was a part of Brian Clough's Nottingham Forrest team that won back-to-back European Cup in 1979 and 1980.  He also played for Arsenal, Manchester United and and Sheffield Wednesday. 

RB: Kyle Walker (England)
Kyle Walker started with boyhood club Sheffield United and made his name with Tottenham Hotspurs after loan spells with Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.  In 2017, he joined Manchester City for one of the most expensive fees. At the time of writing, he has over 30 caps.  He went to the European Championship in 2016 and the World Cup Finals in 2018.

CB: Sol Campbell (England)
Sol Campbell was one of the greatest English defenders. He was a member of Arsenal's "Invincibles" that went undefeated in 2003-2004 season.  At the club level, he spent 9 seasons for Tottenham Hotspurs and served as its captain before moving to its rival Arsenal on a free transfer that sparked a controversy.  He later played for Portsmouth. For England, he earned 73 caps in 11 years.  He went to three World Cup Finals: 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Sol Campbell
CB: Des Walker (England)
Des Walker played 59 times for England.  He started in all of England's games at the World Cup Finals in 1990. He was rated as one of the best defender at that Finals.  For club football, he mainly played for Nottingham Forrest and Sheffield Wednesday.  He played one season at Sampdoria in Italy.

CB: Wes Morgan (Jamaica)
Rejected by Notts County, Morgan was playing for non-league team before being discovered by Nottingham Forest in  2002. In 2012, he moved to Leicester Town.  In the 2015-2016 season, he played every minute of Leicester Town's historical Preimership winning year and also served as the team's captain. At the time of writing, he had 30 caps for Jamaica.

CB: Frank Sinclair (Jamaica) 
Frank Sinclair started his career with Chelsea where he spent 8 seasons. He won the FA Cup in 1996-1997.  And he won a League Cup with Leicester Town in 2000.  He played for many clubs all over England. His performance in England led him to be call-up by Jamaica for the 1998 World Cup Finals in 1998. He was one of 7 English-born Jamaican players on the team. He played 28 caps for Jamaica between 1998 and 2003.
Frank Sinclair

LB: Danny Rose (England)
Danny Rose was a youth product with Leeds United in 2006, but never played for them.  He left for Tottenham Hotspur in 2007.  He had loan spells with Watford, Peterborough United, Bristol City and Sunderland. Rose earned his first senior cap in a 3–2 victory against Germany in 2016.

LB/LW: Ricardo Gardner (Jamaica)
Gardner started with Harbour View at home. His performances for Jamaica during the 1998 World Cup attracted English First Division side Bolton Wanderers. He played 14 seasons for Bolton Wanderers  of which 11 were spent in the Premier League. Gardner earned 112 caps for the Jamaica national football team, scoring 9 goals and playing at four CONCACAF Gold Cups and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He had 112 caps and went to the 1998 WC Finals.
Ricardo Gardner 

DM/CM: Fitzroy Simpson (Jamaica)
Simpson notably played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Scottish Premier League for Hearts and the Irish IFA Premiership for Linfield. He also played in the Football League for Swindon Town, Bristol City, Portsmouth and Walsall before ending his career in non-league football with Telford United, Havant & Waterlooville and Eastleigh. Born in the UK, he played for Jamaica at the WC in 1998. He had 43 caps.

CM: Jonathan de Guzman (Holland)
Jonathan De Guzmán is the brother of Julian. He progressed through the Feyenoord Academy, making his first team debut in 2005. In 2010, he went to play in Spain first with RCD Mallorca and then,Villarreal.  He later played for Swansea and Napoli.  Born in Canada, he became a Dutch citizen in 2008 and immediately, made himself available for Dutch selection.  In 2013, he finally received his first senior cap.  He played at the World Cup Finals in 2014.
Jonathan de Guzman
CM: Darryl Powell (Jamaica)
The son of a Reggae musician, he was born in Lambeth, London, and his career included spells at English clubs Portsmouth, Derby County, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, as well as a stint at Colorado Rapids in the USA. He was one of the British-born Reggae Boyz playing for Jamaica in France 98. He has 21 caps.

AM/CM: Theodore Whitmore (Jamaica)
Whitmore is considered one of the greatest player who had played for Jamaica. He started his club career at Montego Bay Boys Club, and has since played for Violet Kickers and Seba United in his native Jamaica. He was signed on a free by English league side Hull City, but an accident in Jamaica cut short his Hull career. Scottish team Livingston acquired his services in 2003, and in June 2004 he signed for Tranmere Rovers. He had 127 caps for Jamaica.
Theodore Whitmore 
LW: John Barnes
Barnes was widely considered to be one of the greatest Liverpool players, where he formed one of their greatest team playing alongside Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge and Ray Houghton.  before joining Liverpool, he played for Watford.  At Watford, he also helped them to the Final of the FA Cup in 1984.  He was voted PFA Player of the Year in 1988 and FWA Player of the Year in both 1988 and 1990.
John Barnes
LW:  Laurie Cunningham
Cunnugham was considered to be the first Black star player in England and an icon for a generation of Black players in England. With Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson, they formed an all-Black attack that was known as "The Three Degrees" with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970's. In 1979, he became the first British player ever to play for Real Madrid. He returned to Manchester United in 1983. He was only capped 6 times by England and was overlooked for Euro 1980, despite starring at La Liga the season before.
Laurie Cunningham
RW/FW Theo Walcott
Walcott, then 17 years old was a surpassingly named in Sven-Goran Ericsson's squad for the 2006 World Cup, despite having only made 13 appearances in senior football and none in the Premier League.  He made no appearance in Germany.  Fabio Capello did not take him to South Africa 2010 and an injury kept him from Brazil 2014.  At the time of writing, he made 40 caps for England.  Except for a loan spell, he has only played for Arsenal.

AM: Alan Cole (Jamaica)
Cole played in the NASL with the Atlanta Chiefs, and in Brazil with Náutico. He is largely known as one of Jamaica's greatest footballer.  In addition to his football career, Cole was also the manager of the Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and his band The Wailers. He was credited as co-writing the 1976 song "War".

FW/RW: Raheem Sterling (England)
He broke into the Liverpool lineup as a 17 years old in 2012, where he became their star players until 2015.  In the spring of 2015, he had a contract disputes with the club.  He moved to Manchester City for 44 million pounds.  He made his national team debut in 2012.  He played at Brazil 2014.  In 2019, he won the FWA Player of the Year. Liked John Barnes, he was born in Jamaica.

FW: Lindy Delapenha (Jamaica)
In April 1948 he joined Portsmouth. There, he became the first Jamaican to play professional football in England.  In 1950, he transferred to Middlesbrough where his career took off. He became Boro's leading scorer in the 1951–52, 1953–54 and 1955–56 seasons. He moved to Mansfield Town in 1958. Delapenha played non-league football, Hereford United and Burton Albion. He won the Southern League Cup in 1964 with Burton.
Lindy Delapenha 

FW: Gil Heron (Jamaica/Canada)
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he moved to Canada as a youth. He played for Detroit Corinthians and Detroit Wolverines, where he was top goalscorer in the 1946 season. He was spotted by a scout from Glasgow Celtic where he became the first Black to play for Celtic.  He also played for Third Lanark and English club Kidderminster Harriers before moving back to Detroit Corinthians. At Celtic he earned the nicknames "The Black Arrow" and "The Black Flash".

ST: Ian Wright (England)
Wright was a legendary striker with Arsenal.  Before joining Arsenal, he was a hero with Crystal Palace.  At the time of writing, he was their highest goal scorer since the War.  In 1991, he joined Arsenal.  He spent 7 seasons with them, winning all three domestic trophies and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1994.  Despite being a top scorer in the domestic league(he scored over 20 goals every season from 1991 to 1998), he only played 33 times for England and was never selected for any of the major tournaments.
Ian Wright

ST:  Alberto Spencer (Ecuador)
Alberto Spencer was known as "Cabeza Mágica" (Spanish for magic head).  He is still the all-time leading scorer in the Copa Libertadores' history.  He is considered one of South America's greatest strikers. He won three Libertadores Cups and two Intercontinental Cups with Uruguay's Penarol. He was elected the 20th best South American footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2004.  He also played for Everest and Barcelona at home.

ST: Dean Burton (Jamaica)
Between 1994 and 2016, Dean Burton played for numerous clubs in English football including Portsmouth, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday. In 1997, he became the first group of British-born footballers to play for Jamaica. He was their hero as Jamaica qualified for the World Cup for the first time.  He was named Jamaican Sportsman of the Year in 1997. He had a total of 62 caps between 1997 and 2009.
Dean Burton 

Honorable Mention
Luther Blissett (England), Chris Smalling (England), Darren Bent (England), Aaron Lennon (England), Ashley Young (England), Mark Chamberlain (England), Jermaine Pennant (England),  Darius Vassell (England), Paul Davis (England), Claude Davis (Jamaica), Robbie Earle (Jamaica), Marcus Gayle (Jamaica), Paul Hall (Jamaica),  Ricardo Fuller (Jamaica), Walter Boyd (Jamaica), Jeff Cunningham (USA), Robin Fraser (USA), Mark Chung (USA), Julian Guzman (Canada)

Squad Explanation
-- The selection is mainly based up the successes of the players in Europe.  However, I do consider their contributions to their national teams, but I gave extra thought to the ones who represented Jamaica. I gave preference to British-born footballers who played for Jamaica over uncapped Jamaican British players.  I also gave extra considerations to Lindy Delapenha, Gil Heron and Alan Cole because of their legendary status in Jamaica. They never played internationally for Jamaica.  I cited being a "hero of Jamaican football" as a major factor for selecting the players. However, I selected a large number of overseas Jamaicans capped by other national teams and British Jamaicans playing for Reggae Boyz. 
-- I did a blog entry on British-Jamaicans on Jamaica's 1998 World Cup team.  Fitzroy Simpson, Paul Hall, Robbie Earle, Dean Burton, Frank Sinclair, Marcus Gayle and Darryl Powell were the British-born Jamaicans who went to the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. I picked the following non-British players for my all-time team: Warren Barrett, Theodore Whitmore and Ricardo Gardner.
-- Dean Burton was the hero of the 1998 World Cup Qualifiers. He deserved a spot on the team.  So I selected him over Darius Vassell who was more established in the Premiership than Burton.  I gave Burton credit for being a hero of Jamaican football.  His decision to represent Jamaica changed the game in the country.
-- Alberto Spencer's father was a British Jamaican.  In fact, he was linked to be capped by England at one point before the World Cup Finals of 1966.  I do not know how serious was the link. He is the greatest ever player from Ecuador.
-- John Barnes was also born in Jamaica, but he played for England. His career with Liverpool FC is well-known.
-- Theodore Whitmore is considered to be the greatest Jamaican international player. I meant players being born and capped by Jamaica.  Lindy Delapenha is considered the greatest Jamaican player ever.  He never played for Jamaica as the island was still a British colony when he was active.  
-- Sol Campbell is on my England's All-Time team.
-- David James, Sol Campbell, Viv Anderson, Des Walker, Sol Campbell,  Theo Walcott, John Barnes, Laurie Cunningham,  Raheem Sterling and Ian Wright are on my All-Time Team for Black English players.  Laurie Cunningham was widely known as the first Black star footballer in England.  
-- Frank Sinclair is on my CONCACAF All-time 23 member team (excluding Mexico, Costa Rica and the USA).  
-- Gil Heron was the first Jamaican to play in Scotland.  He was born in Jamaica, but spent some time in Canada.  He was also uncapped as Jamaica was still under the British when he was active.
-- Luther Blissett is a special case.  His reputation was destroyed while playing for AC Milan.  He was more of a cult hero. He only made my honourable mention.
-- Laurie Cunningham and John Barnes kept Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ashley Young out of the team.
-- Three Americans made my honourable mention.  Mark Chung is of Chinese heritage.
-- Jonathan and Julian Guzman are brothers from Canada. Their mother is Jamaican.  Jonathan de Guzman chose to play for Holland.
-- Leon Bailey is a emerging player playing in the Bundesliga as of 2018.  His future seemed bright.

I decided to build my team around the top players who played for Jamaica.  Gardner, Delapenha, Whitmore, Simpson and Sinclair got the start.  And then, I surrounded them with the Jamaican-English players such as John Barnes, Sol Campbell, Des Walker and Paul Walker. Alberto Spencer took over Ian Wright's on the starting lineup.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

If USA can send those players to the 2010 World Cup

USA 2010
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USA All-Time Team
African American Players
German Americans/American Germans
Hispanic/Latino American Players(USA)
Sweden World Cup1950
Argentina World Cup 1958
Scotland World Cup 1970
United Kingdom World Cup 1970
England World Cup 1974
United Kingdom World Cup1982
Yugoslavia World Cup 1994
France World Cup 1994
Germany World Cup 2002
Holland World Cup 2002
Brazil 1982 with Careca,etc
Ireland/Northern Ireland Combined Team 1986 World Cup
Yugoslavia World Cup 2018

The US Men National Team reached the quarter-final of World Cup Finals in 2010.  It was not the best ever showing by the US in the tournament, but the American fans would be thankful. However, in 2010, the USMNT was missing a few players who could have been eligible to represent them.  Brede Hangeland, Neven Subotić, Jermaine Jones, Giuseppe Rossi and Vedad Ibišević were all finding successes playing at the highest level in Europe that season while Fabian Johnson was emerging as a player in Bundesliga.  The addition of the more established players playing in the top European leagues would have improved the team. Perhaps, the USMNT could have gone further.  Roger Espinoza who was playing in the MLS in 2010 should be eligible for the US team.

Added: Neven Subotić, Brede Hangeland, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Giuseppe Rossi, Vedad Ibišević.
Dropped: DaMarcus Beasley, Edison Buddle, Herculez Gomez, Clarence Goodson, Maurice Edu, Jay DeMerit.

Note: Since this is a fun blog, many details of the eligibility issue is overlooked.  I do not know American citizenship laws.  Vedad Ibišević and Fabian Johnson would have issues with their eligibility for the US team in 2010.  Brede Hangeland could probably apply for citizenship because he was born in the US.  Neven Subotić and Giuseppe Rossi would not have much issue.  Jermaine Jones was eligible in real life by 2010.

The USA narrowly lost to Ghana in the round of 16 during the extra-time. With the additional of 5 to 6 starters, the Americans might have a better chance against Ghana.  In the real Finals, Ghana got eliminated in the next round after a controversial tactics by Luis Suarez of Uruguay.  Ghana should have gone through to the semi-final. Can the American do better than Ghana in the semifinal? Ghana did have a home field advantage, the World Cup being held in Africa. Without home advantage, Uruguay might be a tougher opponent for the Americans, but we would never know.

Clint Dempsey and Brede Hangeland for the USA 2010?
GK: Tim Howard (Everton)
Tim Howard is one of the greatest ever goalkeeper from the United States. He led the USA to the 2nd round at the World Cup Finals in 2014 with stunning performances throughout the tournament.  He also went to the World Cup Finals in 2006 and 2010. Howard started his career with the North Jersey Imperials before making a move to the MetroStars. His appearances soon attracted the attention of Manchester United, who signed him in 2003. He moved to Everton in 2007 where he was a star player with Everton.
Tim Howard
GK: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Guzan was second overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, signing for Chivas USA, with whom he was the 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. In July 2008, he joined Aston Villa for a fee of $1 million, where he has made over 100 Premier League. appearances.  Since 2006, he has been capped by the USA.  He is mainly a backup to Tim Howard. He went to South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

GK: Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
He played for the Seattle Sounders and the Colorado Rapids before signing with English club Fulham in 1999. While at Fulham, he enjoyed loan spells with Rochdale and Reading, before signing permanently with Reading in 2002. In 2009, he transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has won nine caps, featuring as back-up for Kasey Keller and Tim Howard in two World Cups.

RB: Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96)
Steve Cherundolo played for the University of Portland before turning professional playing in Germany. He was the captain of Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga, where he spent his entire club career.  He later served as its captain and set the team record for Bundesliga appearances. For international level, he earned 87 caps and played for the United States men's national soccer team at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.
Steve Cherundolo
RB/CB: Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
Jonathan Spector was a youth product of Manchester United in England. He played on loan at Charlton Athletic, then in 2006 joined West Ham United. He then spent five-and-a-half seasons with Birmingham City. In 2017, he joined Orlando City in the MLS. He earned 36 caps and went to the World Cup Finals in 2010.

CB/LB: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes)
Carlos Bocanegra started his career playing NCAA soccer with UCLA. He joined Chicago Fire in 2000. He also played professionally in England, Scotland, France, and Spain. His longest European stint was with Fulham, where he played from 2004 to 2008. He earned over 100 caps with the United States between 2001 and 2012, serving as captain for six years. He played in the World Cup Finals of 2006 and 2010.  He also won two Gold Cups for the USA.
Carlos Bocanegra
CB: Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan)
During his professional career from 2002 to 2015 he played for clubs in France, Belgium, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal. His most prolific club years were with Standard Liege of the Belgian League with whom he made over 100 league appearances from 2004 to 2009, before moving to A.C. Milan in Italy.  At Milan, he was remembered for a big fight with Zlatan Ibrahimović during training.  Capped over 60 times.  He played in the WC Finals of 2006 and 2010. 

CB: Brede Hangeland (Fulham) * new addition
Hangeland began his career with Viking. In 2006, he moved to Copenghagen. From 2008 to 2014 he played for Fulham, helping the team to the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final, but was released in 2014 after the club's relegation, subsequently joining Crystal Palace. Hangeland was capped 91 times, 48 of them as captain, and scored four goals for the Norway national team.

CB: Neven Subotić (Borussia Dortmund) *new addition
Born in the former Yugoslavia, he moved to the US in 1999.  He joined 1.FSV Mainz 05 youth team making his first-team debut in the 2006–07 season. In 2008, he signed with Borussia Dortmund. From 2008 to 2016, he played for the club and was at one point considered the best defender in the Bundesliga. In 2017, he went to Koln.  Subotić played the youth team of the USA, but represented Serbia in the senior level. He earned 36 caps and went to the WC Finals in 2010.
Neven Subotić 
LB: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
Jonathan Bornstein was a son of a Mexican mother and a Jewish father.  Drafted by Chivas USA, he was MLS Rookie of the Year in 2006. He also played for Tigres de la UANL and Queretaro in Mexico.  In 2018, he joined Maccabi Netanya in Israel. Capped over 38 times.  He went to South Africa 2010.

LWB/LW: Fabian Johnson (VfL Wolfsburg) *new addition
Johnson was born in Germany. He is the son of an African-American serviceman.  He began his career with 1860 Munich.  He also played for VfL Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim.  At the time of writing, he is playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach.  Capped by Germany at youth level, he played for USA at the senior level.  He went too Brazil 2014.

CM: Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04) *new addition
Born in Germany to an American father and German mother, Jermaine Jones played for Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, Besiktas,mBlackburn Rovers, New England Revolution.  At this moment, he is with Colorado Rapids. Jones represented Germany at the senior level, but not in an official game. He later filed for a switch to the United States. He made his debut for them in 2010 and played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Jermaine Jones
CM: Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers)
Holden played NCAA soccer with Clemson.  Later, he joined Sunderland, but never received any chance. He made his name with Houston Dynamo before joining Bolton Wanderes in 2010. He was part of the United States squad at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2009 and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup. Since his debut, Holden has gained 25 caps and scored three goals.

CM: Benny Feilhaber (AGF)
Born in Brazil, Feilhaber moved to the United States as a child. In his club career, he played with Hamburger SV, Derby and AGF.  In MLS, he played with New England Revolution, Sporting Kansas City and LA FC. From 2007 onward, he has earned over 40 caps.  He played in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup where the USA reached the Final. He went to the World Cup in 2010.

CM: Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Michael Bradley is the son of former US head coach Bob Bradley.  He played professionally in Germany, Holland, Italy, England and now, in MLS.  He was best-known for his stint with Borussia Mönchengladbach.  He was the first American player to play in Serie A since Alexi Lalas.  He played for Chievo Verona and Roma over there. He joins Toronto FC in 2014.  At the time of writing, he earned 140 caps.  He played in the World Cup Finals in 2010 and 2014.  
Michael Bradley
CM: Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Clark played two years in college at Furman before being drafted second overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by MetroStars. He also played for San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Eintracht Frankfurt, Stabæk and Colombus Crew. For the USMNT, he earned 34 caps between 2005 and 2012.  He played in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup where the USA reached the Final. He went to the World Cup in 2010.

CM: Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca)
Torres was recruited by Pachuca while he was still attending high school in Texas. He broke into the starting lineup during the 2008 Apertura season in central midfield. He appeared in all three matches at the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup for Pachuca. In 2012, he was transferred to Tigres UANL. Capped 26 times at this moment.  He was a member of 2013 Gold Cup winning team.

SS/AM: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Landon Donovan is perhaps the greatest American player of the modern era.  He is the all-time leading scorer for the US national team.  He represented the USA at three World Cup Finals.  In 2002, he was named the best young player at the World Cup Finals. He was Honda Player of the Year for 6 times and US Soccer Athlete of the Year for 4 times and numerous awards in MLS.  He had a brief spell with Leverkusen before returning to MLS.  With LA Galaxy, he won four MLS Cup.
Landon Donovan
FW/AM: Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
Clint Dempsey was perhaps the most successful American-born outfielder playing in Europe.  He was best remembered for playing for Fulham between 2007 and 2012.  He was their top-scorer for two seasons.  He was also their Player of the Season twice.  He has also played for New England Revolution and Tottenham Hotspur. At the time of writing, he plays for Seattle Sounders.  He has over 130 caps for the USA.  He played in the World Cup Finals of 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Clint Dempsey 

FW: Robbie Findley(Real Salt Lake)
Findley played college soccer for the Oregon State Beavers and amateur soccer for the Boulder Rapids Reserve before turning professional in 2007; he played in Major League Soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, before moving to English club Nottingham Forest in January 2011. capped 11 times.  Three of the caps happened at the WC Finals in 2010.

FW: Giuseppe Rossi (Villarreal) *new addition
When Rossi was 17, he was signed by English club Manchester United. He had loan spells with Newcastle United and Parma before joining Villarreal in 2007. After five-and-a-half years with Villarreal, he returned to Italy, signing for Fiorentina in January 2013. In January 2016, he was sent on loan to Spanish club Levante, while he spent the following season on loan with Celta. Born in the US, Rossi chose to represent Italy.  he made his debut for Azzuri in 2008, but injuries through his career limited him to 30 caps.
Michael Bradley and Giuseppe Rossi 
FW: Vedad Ibišević (1899 Hoffenheim) *new addition
His family moved to the US in 2001, where he played soccer in High School and college. In 2004, he joined PSG.  Then, he joined Alemannia Aachen, and in 2007, he moved to 1899 Hoffeneheim, where he played until 2012.  From 2012 to 2016, he played for Stuttgart. At the time of writing, he is with Hertha Berlin. In 2008, he won the Idol Nacije award(Bosnian Footballer of the Year). From 2007 to 2017, he has earned over 80 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was selected for the 2014 World Cup, where he scored Bosnia's first ever goal in a major tournament.

ST/FW: Jozy Altidore (Hull City) 
Started with NY Red Bulls, Jozy Altidore moved to Europe in 2008, joining Villarreal in Spain.  He had loan spells with Hull City and Bursapor.  In 2011, he moved to AZ in Holland and to Sunderland in 2015.  At the time of writing, he played for Toronto FC in the MLS.  Since 2007, he is a key player for the USA.  He has over 110 caps.  He played in both World Cup Finals in 2010 and 2014. He scored a goal against Spain the semi-final of the 2009 Confederation Cup.

Jozy Altidore

Squad Explanation
-- Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan, three of the greatest American soccer players, were at their prime. Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra and Michael Bradley were also on my all-team for the USA
-- Jermaine Jones had declared his eligibility for the USMNT in 2009, but an injury prevented him from joining the team at the World Cup Finals.  Jones was 29 in 2010 at his prime.  He would have been in South Africa.
-- Caoch Bob Bradley used Stuart Holden, Benny Feilhaber and Ricardo Clark frequently throughout 2009 and right before the WC Finals. Maurice Edu ended up as a hero at the WC Finals after he scored a goal against Slovenia.  However, he was seldom used during the WC qualifiers.  I assumed that he would be the most likely player to be dropped before the WC Finals based on the number of his appearance. Coach Bradley would not have known about his goal he scored in the World Cup Finals before he went to South Africa.
-- Neven Subotić was 21 in 2010, but had established himself as a star defender for Borussia Dortmund.   In the 2009–10 Bundesliga season, Subotić was one of only four players in the entire league to play every minute of every league match. He also went to the actual World Cup Finals playing two games for Serbia. On this blog team, he would replace Clarence Goodson on the roster. 
-- Brede Hangeland was born in Houston, Texas, but his Norwegian family moved back.  In 2010, he was a key player as Fulham reached the UEFA Europa Cup Final.  He was eligible for the US through his birth right.  If the USSF got to him before he was cap-tied to Norway, he would have helped the US national team. In real life, he was capped 91 times, 48 of them as captain. He earned "honourable mention on my All-Time Team for Norway.  He would replace Jay DeMerit, who was playing for Watford in 2010.  
-- In the 2009-2010 season, Oguchi Onyewu was not playing much for AC Milan, but I would have take him over Jay DeMerit to South Africa because he was still rated as among the best American centerbacks at the time. If I were the coach  I would have gambled on him. However, I would not be surprised if Coach Bradley took DeMerit to the WC Finals in Onyewu's place.  In the actual World Cup Finals, I thought DeMerit outperformed Onyewu.
-- In the real world, Fabian Johnson did not become eligible to play for the USA until 2011.  In our imaginary world, he got his paper work ready by 2010.  In 2009, Johnson was a starter for Germany's Under 21 team as they won the UEFA European Championship.  That team was widely considered to be the greatest Under-21 European champion.  Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil all played in the World Cup Finals in 2010.  However, the starting left back for the USA in 2010 was the US captain Carlos Bocanegra.  Meanwhile, Jonathan Bornstein was of one of Coach Bob Bradley's most frequently used players before the WC Finals.  appeared.  So Johnson probably would not unseat the two players. However, he took over the spot given to DaMarcus Beasley. Johnson could replace Beasley's speed on the left. DaMarcus Beasley was struggling with Rangers that season.  If Coach Bradley had a very good alternative, Beasley might have been dropped.
-- Christian Fuchs is a also a left back.  He was capped-tied to Austria since 2006.  He has family living in the United States, but his American connection was not strong enough.  I doubt that he would ever play for the US.  He is not considered for this blog.
-- Vedad Ibišević scored 12 goals in Bundesliga that season, which made him one of the top scorers in the league.   He would make the US team ahead of other American forwards. In real life, he came to the United States in 2001 as a high school student.  He was discovered by Paris St Germain and left for Europe before becoming an American citizen.  He never became eligible to play for the USA.  But since he went to the USA in 2001, he would have gotten 9 years to grain his citizenship under a different situation.   
-- Without injuries, Giuseppe Rossi could have became one of the greatest American-born players ever, but injuries had kept him from reaching his potential.  In the summer of 2010, he was actually injured free.  The season before the World Cup Finals, he starred for Villarreal.  Coincidentally, Jozy Altidore was also a player under contract with Villarreal in 2010, but he was on loan to Hull City after failing to make an impact with the team.  That season, he only managed to score a single goal. Rossi would be ahead of him in 2010.
-- Jozy Altidore, Edison Buddle, Herculez Gomez and Robbie Findley went to South Africa. I needed to drop two of them to make rooms for Giuseppe Rossi and Vedad Ibišević.
-- In 2010, Jozy Altidore was projected to be the future of US Soccer.  So I am adding him to the team.
-- Edison Buddle had not played for the USA for 7 years before
the WC Finals, but he was great in the MLS right before the WC Finals.  Herculez Gomez's career was actually going downhill even as late as October, 2009 when he was released by Kansas City Wizards.  He suddenly experienced a career revival early in 2010 with Puebla in Mexico. Both players seemed to be in form that year. However,  Coach Bob Bradley started Robbie Findley in the first two World Cup matches, which probably meant that Coach Bradley had more confidence with Findley than Gomez and Buddle. So I selected Findley because it would probably be Coach Bradley's idea.
-- Roger Espinoza grew up in the US.  He was capped by Honduras since 2008. In 2010, he was playing in the MLS, but I prefer Fabian Johnson over him.
-- There are only three MLS-based players on my team.  It is only one less than the actual team. 

The formation is based upon the one used by Coach Bob Bradley against England on the first match in South Africa. Carlos Bocanegra was used as a leftback on that match.  All six of my "American" starters also made from my all-team for the USA.  They are all their prime.   Five of the additional players made my starting lineup.