On Tuesday, CONCACAF announced a provision that allows any team participating in the FIFA Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the same year to expand its Gold Cup roster from 23 to 30 players. The provision was provided due to the extreme circumstances that teams face when playing in back-to-back tournaments.
As a result of this provision, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has added seven players to the U.S. roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. All seven players were members of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup squad in South Africa last month.
Forwards Jozy Altidore and Conor Casey, midfielders Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan, defender Jonathan Bornstein and goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be eligible for selection during the tournament; however, the U.S. will not have all seven players present for each Gold Cup match.
The exact schedule for these players will be announced as it becomes available. Only 18 players will be eligible to dress for any given game.
Casey joins teammate Colin Clark, who was a member of the original 23-man U.S. Gold Cup roster.