Story courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications Department
AKRON, Ohio - Former University of Akron men's soccer standout Teal Bunbury, the reigning Hermann Trophy winner, was one of 18 players selected by U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley to compete against South Africa on Nov. 17th in Cape Town.
Bunbury, who led the NCAA with 17 goals scored as a sophomore in 2009, becomes the first Akron player to be named to a full national team roster. Bunbury, who holds dual citizenship with the United States and Canada, will be entering his first camp for the U.S. at any level. Coverage of the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge begins at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
Bradley's roster includes five players from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where the U.S. finished in first place in Group C ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria before going out in the Round of 16.
"This game is a good opportunity to look at some different players and assess their place in the pool as we continue to build for the next cycle," said Bradley. "With our immediate focus on the Gold Cup next summer, this game in many ways is just as much the start of 2011 as it is the end of a great year."
Players out of season begin arriving into Cape Town on Saturday evening, with players with matches to play scheduled to arrive Monday.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Estoril Praia), Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Brian Carroll (Columbus Crew), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Teal Bunbury (Kansas City Wizards), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)