Columbus Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers was one of the 23 players named to the American squad for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Rogers was also a member of the 2009 Gold Cup team. He currently has 13 caps for the national team, scoring one goal. Rogers was also a part of the 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This season, Rogers only has 2 goals and 1 assist in 1o games for the Crew.
Seven of the 23 American players on the roster are currently playing in MLS. One glaring omission is Crew defender Chad Marshall. Marshall, a two time MLS Defender Of The Year, was not chosen by Bob Bradley, head coach of the U.S. national team. Marshall has 11 caps, and he has scored one goal. He was also a part of the 30-man preliminary roster for the World Cup last summer.
All of the 23 players were also called-up for the friendly match against Spain on June 4th in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The 23 players named to the U.S. CONCACAF Gold Cup team are as follows:
Crew defender, and Jamaican international, Shaun Francis was left off of Jamaica’s Gold Cup roster. Francis suffered a hamstring injury this preseason, and he is still yet to play a full game. He played 45 minutes in the Crew’s reserve match against the Revolution about two weeks ago. He is still working his way back to game fitness, according to Columbus Dispatch writer Shawn Mitchell.
In other Crew news this week, forward Tommy Heinemann was named to MLS’s Team of the Week. Heinemann almost scored his first ever MLS goal this weekend against Portland, but his diving header was saved by Timbers goalie Troy Perkins.