Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beasley, Bocanegra join U.S. World Cup team

Former Chicago Fire and current U.S. Men's National team head coach Bob Bradley had some difficult decisions to make in piecing together his squad's 23-man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

After surveying what seemed to be an endless list of potentials, Bradley named his World Cup squad on Wednesday. The grouping includes former Fire players Carlos Bocanegra and DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley joins midfielder Landon Donovan and defender Steve Cherundolo as the only U.S. players making a third World Cup appearance.

Last year, Beasley was not exactly on the radar to make this step. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native's form was sub-par, and it was only until a successful December stretch with Glasgow Rangers that people were taking notice of him again.

"He certainly had to prove himself," Bradley said. "DaMarcus obviously had fallen out of it a little bit, and he needed to make a renewed commitment to the team, a renewed commitment to doing things as a player that make his team better. We've seen that, and we feel good about the way he's worked to make that happen."


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