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Gold Cup roster set

While the Americans very may take home their first FIFA title Sunday in the Confederations Cup final, they'll need to rely on some vastly different players to defend their Gold Cup crown.

The CONCACAF tournament, which begins next week and includes a July 10 doubleheader at FIU Stadium, follows qualifying and Confederations Cup matches too closely for the United States to use its top players.

Instead, Bob Bradley will mix Freddy Adu, Brian Ching, and a few other familiar faces with a largely untested group.

The roster, courtesy of The Sports Network:

Goalkeepers: Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (IK Start), Luis Robles (FC Kaiserslautern).

Defenders: Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaellands), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock).

Midfielders: Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew).

Forwards: Freddy Adu (AS Monaco), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United).

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extremely weak roster.

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