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Bradley delays release of U.S. soccer roster

May 23, 2011 |  7:49 am

Bradley_250 Bob Bradley, coach of the U.S. national soccer team, was to release his team's roster Monday for next month's friendly with World Cup champion Spain as well as for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The announcement was to take place at 7 a.m. PDT, but that hour came and went with no news.

A spokesperson for U.S. Soccer said release of the roster had been delayed but would not offer an explanation. U.S. Soccer officials were also uncertain whether a scheduled conference call with Bradley, also scheduled for Monday, would be held.

The Gold Cup is the most important competition for the U.S. soccer team this season. The U.S. opens play in the tournament on June 7 against Canada and also plays Panama and Guadeloupe in pool play. The tournament quarterfinals will be played June 18-19, the semifinals will be held June 22 and the Gold Cup concludes June 25 with the championship match at the Rose Bowl. Among the prizes for the Gold Cup winner is a berth in the 2013 Confederations Cup.


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Photo: Bob Bradley. Credit: Rich Schultz / Associated Press