Thursday, July 2, 2009

New CONCACAF Policy Allows US To Expand Gold Cup Roster

CONCACAF announced a new policy, effective immediately, that allows future teams who compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the same year to expand their rosters to 30 players from the standard 23.

The new rule, announced Tuesday by CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer, now benefits the US Men's National Team, who reached the final of a FIFA-sanctioned tournament for the first time in team history and hosts the Gold Cup, starting Friday through July 26.

Blazer said the ruling was made "(w)ith the objective of providing the best performance possible for the public, and the recognition that the back-to-back tournaments strain players and their clubs."

Though rosters will be increased, teams can still only dress 18 players for each game.

USMNT head coach Bob Bradley immediately added forwards Jozy Altidore and Conor Casey, midfielders Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan, defender Jonathan Bornstein and goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the roster.

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