The L.A. area has been well-represented on U.S. national team rosters throughout the modern era (say, from Paul Caligiuri's “shot heard 'round the world” in 1989), and the CONCACAF Gold Cup roster Manhattan Beach-based head coach Bob Bradley unveiled Monday was no different.
Nine of the 23 players chosen for the region's June 5-25 nations championship have Southland ties. Eight of them -- all but the coach's son -- are natives.
The U.S. opens Group C play June 7 against Canada in Detroit, then meets Panama on June 11 in Tampa, Fla., and Guadeloupe on June 14 in Kansas City, Kan.
The June 25 final, with great anticipation for a U.S.-Mexico showdown, will be played at the Rose Bowl.
Locals on the U.S. roster:
Galaxy captain Landon Donovan (Redlands), a wing-midfielder and the all-time U.S. goals leader with 45.
U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma), the France-based first-choice left back.
Scotland-based Maurice Edu (Fontana), a likely starter in central midfield.
Former Chivas USA star Sacha Kljestan (Huntington Beach), an attacking midfielder who plays in Belgium.
Former Chivas USA star Jonathan Bornstein (Los Alamitos), who plays in Mexico and is Bocanegra's top backup.
New England Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber (Irvine), who moved to MLS last month after playing in Germany, England and Denmark.
Columbus Crew winger Robbie Rogers (Palos Verdes/Huntington Beach), one of the big surprises on the list.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair)
England-based central midfielder Michael Bradley (Manhattan Beach), the son of the head coach.
All but Kljestan and Rimando were on the World Cup team in South Africa last year.
For a deeper look at the U.S. roster, and the selection of Freddy Adu and omissions of Timothy Chandler and Teal Bunbury, check out Jeff Carlisle's piece at ESPN Soccer.
BRADLEY SAYS: Bradley discussed several players during a conference call Monday afternoon.
On Feilhaber: “Benny’s situation at Aarhus, I saw him play there at different times, and for a while it had gone well for him, but it seemed that, for whatever reason, maybe both sides needed a change. I know Benny was excited to come back to Major League Soccer, and I’ve watched different games for the Revolution, and I think the last couple of weeks in particular have been good for Benny.
“We are starting to see good mobility, good reaction. I think as far as finding good spots on the field and helping in terms of the rhythm of the game, Benny has always been a player that we feel has an ability to see the final pass and set up plays, but he also, in these last few weeks, has shown that he’s moving the ball quickly and running off the ball to get in good positions. I think that so far it looks like he’s responded well.
“My take is that as they’ve gotten to know him, he’s made the Revolution a better team and that’s what it’s all about. That means it’s a good time to be bringing him in.”
On Bocanegra and Bornstein: “Carlos Bocanegra and Jonathan Bornstein obviously give us two left backs to begin with but … Carlos, in the latter part of the season for Saint-Etienne, played a good amount as a center back, so that’s all a part of the versatility that fits in well when you put a roster like this together.”
On Rimando: “The way we have always handled this in the past is the one spot on this roster that has a different situation is if it’s the third goalkeeper. If the third goalkeeper is an MLS goalkeeper, then primarily he is staying with his club team. He will continue playing in the league, and we would bring him in when needed.
“We have some decisions to make when we get into camp to reassess exactly how we’re doing with [Nos. 1 and 2 goalkeepers] Timmy Howard and Marcus Hahnemann, but one possibility, for sure, is at least to begin with that Nick will be with Salt Lake, and I’ve discussed that with him and I’ve also discussed it with [RSL coach] Jason Kreis.”
On Rogers: “I think Robbie’s ability in terms of going at people, his speed, his ability to play on both sides, his versatility, some of those things came into play.”
Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton/England)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), from Montclair (Montclair HS/UCLA)
Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne/France), from Alta Loma (Alta Loma HS/UCLA)
Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres/Mexico), from Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos HS/UCLA)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany), from Poway (San Diego County)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby IF/Denmark)
Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa/England)
Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente/Netherlands on loan from AC Milan/Italy)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Jonathan Spector (West Ham United/England)
Freddy Adu (Rizespor/Turkey on loan from Benfica/Portugal)
Michael Bradley (Aston Villa/England on loan from Borussia Moenchengladbach/Germany)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Landon Donovan (Galaxy), from Redlands (Redlands East Valley HS)
Maurice Edu (Rangers FC/Scotland), from Fontana (Etiwanda HS)
Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), from Irvine (Northwood HS)
Jermaine Jones (Blackburn/England on loan from Schalke 04/Germany)
Sacha Kljestan (RSC Anderlecht/Belgium), from Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach HS)
Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), from Palos Verdes/Huntington Beach (Mater Dei HS)
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls)
Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor/Turkey on loan from Villarreal/Spain)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
June 7: vs. Canada at Detroit
June 11: vs. Panama at Tampa, Fla.
June 14: vs. Guadeloupe at Kansas City, Kan.
June 19: Quarterfinal at Washington
June 22: Semifinal at Houston
June 25: Final at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena