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Top 25 USA Defenders

It was ugly, the USA losing to Costa Rica 3-1, and some say the goals against the USA could have been much worse if Costa Rica did not let up.

Let’s face it, a team without a solid defense is pretty hopeless. USA fans will want to love their players, but some realism is needed: do we have a back 4 that is up to the task of playing World Cup soccer? I think it may be a stretch to believe the current back 4 can get us through qualifying let alone through the first round in South Africa.

Do you like our back four, or wish for the USA to try someone new? Who, if anyone would you add to the back line?

Here is a list of the top two dozen or so candidates to play in defense. Which would you play in a WCQ?

Or do you like some other defensive players better?  There are about 90 USA defenders in the MLS who would love a shot.

Weigh in using the comments!

Name Position League Team
Onyewu, Oguchi Defender Belgium – Eerste Klasse Standard Liege
Wynne, Marvell Defender Canada – MLS Toronto FC
Fearrington, Jamil Defender Denmark – 1. Division BK Frem
Califf, Danny Defender Denmark – Superligaen FC Midtjylland
Parkhurst, Michael Defender Denmark – Superligaen FC Nordsjælland
Simek, Frank Defender England – Championship Sheffield Wednesday
DeMerit, Jay Defender England – Championship Watford
Whitbread, Zak Defender England – League One Millwall
Spector, Jonathan Defender England – Premiership West Ham United
Bocanegra, Carlos Defender France – Ligue 1 Rennes
Pearce, Heath Def/Mid Germany – 2 Bundesliga Hansa Rostock
Cherundolo, Steve Defender Germany – Bundesliga Hannover 96
Arguez, Bryan Def/Mid Germany – Bundesliga Hertha Berlin
Kazlauskas, Charles Def/Fwd Holland – Eerste Divisie TOP Oss
Hort, Erik Defender Israel – Premier League Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Orozco, Michael Defender Mexico – Primera Division San Luis
Needham, Jay Defender Norway – 1. Division Alta IF
Rodd, Chris Defender Norway – 1. Division Bryne FK
Goodson, Clarence Defender Norway – Eliteserien IK Start
Freeman, Hunter Defender Norway – Eliteserien IK Start
Raybould, Ryan Defender Sweden – Allsvenskan Gefle IF
Tabe, Etchu Def/Fwd Sweden – Superettan Ljungskile SK
Brill, Sam Defender Sweden – Superettan Ljungskile SK
Bornstein, Jonathan Def/Mid USA – MLS CD Chivas
Mastroeni, Pablo Def/Mid USA – MLS Colorado Rapids
Hejduk, Frankie Def/Mid USA – MLS Columbus Crew
Marshall, Chad Defender USA – MLS Columbus Crew
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