MIAMI, May 19 (Reuters) - Penpix of the United States' preliminary, 30-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa:
Tim Howard (Everton). Goalkeeper. Born March 6 1979. Caps 49. Goals 0.
Latest in a long line of fine American goalkeepers, Howard is approaching 200 games in the Premier League in England having moved from Major League Soccer (MLS) to Manchester United in 2003. First-choice keeper for coach Bob Bradley.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa). Goalkeeper. Sept. 9 1984. Caps 15. Goals 0.
Has struggled to break into the first team at Aston Villa following his move in 2008 from Chivas USA. Considered the heir apparent to Howard, the tall Guzan is vocal and a good organiser of his defence.
Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton). Goalkeeper. Born June 15 1972. Caps 15. Goals 0
Third-choice keeper heading into his second World Cup after a career spent on the fringes of the national team. The shaven-headed keeper is a good shot stopper whose weakness is in coming off his line at the right time.
Steve Cherundolo (Hanover). Defender. Born Feb. 19 1979. Caps 57. Goals 2.
Solid right-back who has suffered his share of injuries. A reliable and experienced campaigner who was part of the 2002 and 2006 World Cup teams, he has never played professionally in his homeland after joining Hanover from college in 1999.
Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan). Defender. Born May 13 1982. Caps 51. Goals 5.
Until he damaged a knee ligament in the final qualifier against Costa Rica, the powerfully built Onyewu was the heart of the U.S. defence at centre-half. He had progressed in Belgium with Standard Liege and moved in the close season of 2009 to AC Milan. Strong in the air and in tackling, he will be sorely missed if he fails to regain match fitness in time for the finals.
Jay DeMerit (Watford). Defender. Born Dec. 4 1979. Caps 17. Goals 0.
A rugged central defender who, having been ignored by MLS clubs, worked his way up the ladder in England from non-league Southall to Watford where he established himself and earned a place in Bradley's team. Struck up a good partnership with Onyewu.
Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes). Defender. Born May 25 1979. Caps 77. Goals 12.
Bradley's captain can operate anywhere in the back line or in a defensive midfield role but is most effective at centre-half. Dependable and hard-working, the Californian spent four years with Fulham after making his name with the Chicago Fire.
Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew). Defender. Born Sept. 22 1984. Caps 11. Goals 1.
A product of the national youth system, the centre-half has represented the U.S. at every level from under-17. A one-club man in MLS, if he goes to South Africa it is likely to be in a back-up role. Was MLS Defender of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
Jonathan Spector (West Ham United). Defender. Born March 1 1986. Caps 24. Goals 0.
A natural right-back, although he has been used across the defence, he spent three years on Manchester United's books but failed to break through. After a loan spell with Charlton, he moved to West Ham in 2006 and, while injuries hampered his progress, he has found regular Premier League football this year. A regular at right-back throughout qualification.
Clarence Goodson (IK Start). Defender. Born May 7 1982. Caps 10. Goals 2.
A late developer, Goodson switched from centre forward to defence and then established himself at FC Dallas in MLS before moving to Norway to join IF Start in 2008. Powerful in the air but not the quickest, he featured in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup team and is one of Bradley's options at centre-half.
Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA). Defender. Born Nov. 7 1984. Caps 28. Goals 2.
Won praise for his man-marking on Argentina's Lionel Messi in the Copa America three years ago but has been error-prone in recent appearances. Hard to see him getting a spot in the back four but Bradley may want his man-marking skills in his squad.
Heath Pearce (FC Dallas). Defender. Born Aug. 13 1984. Caps 31. Goals 0.
A full-back who moved to MLS after trying his luck in Denmark and Germany, Pearce was close to making Bruce Arena's squad for the World Cup four years ago but was left out of the final 22. The same fate may await him this time although he has featured regularly under Bradley.
Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers). Midfielder. Born Aug. 1 1985. Caps 11. Goals 2.
Operates best on the right flank. Scottish-born player who grew up in Texas. Flourished in MLS and broke into Bradley's team, before shining in last year's Gold Cup. Moved to Bolton during the winter transfer window but injury has restricted his chances. Has flair and enthusiasm in abundance and possesses a wicked shot.
Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach). Midfielder. Born July 31 1987. Caps 41. Goals 7.
Son of coach Bob and one of the few U.S. players to have established himself in the Bundesliga, Bradley is the engine of the midfield, tackling hard and making his contributions going forward. Has an aggressive streak that is rare in American players.
Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt). Midfielder. Born Feb. 10 1983. Caps 27. Goals 2.
Hard-tackling, defensive central midfielder who usually partners Bradley in the middle. After six years in MLS, he moved to Frankfurt during the 2010 winter transfer window.
Maurice Edu (Rangers). Midfielder. Born May 18 1986. Caps 12. Goals 0.
Had a good season with Rangers and has forced his way back into Bradley's reckoning. He could also be a centre-half option. Back-up to younger Bradley and Clark as defensive central midfielder.
Benny Feilhaber (AGF). Midfielder. Born Jan. 19 1985. Caps 31. Goals 2.
Creative midfielder who was born in Brazil and moved to the U.S. when he was six. After playing in college football, he opted to head to Europe but found little opportunity with Hamburg or Derby County and now plays in Denmark. Often used from the bench, he is talented but something of an under-achiever.
Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca). Midfielder. Born Oct. 29 1987. Caps 8. Goals 0.
With a Mexican father and an American mother, Torres holds dual citizenship and has played his entire career in the Mexican league with Pachuca, who spotted him playing high school soccer. He offers attacking options on the left or down the middle.
Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro). Midfielder. Born April 29 1987. Caps 2. Goals 0.
Another player who went straight to Europe after playing college soccer, the Florida-born attacking midfielder played in Scandinavia. Can operate down the left or as a more central attacking midfielder.
DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers). Midfielder. Born May 24 1982. Caps 90. Goals 17.
Can operate as left-back or down the left side of midfield. Although he has not featured regularly for Rangers this year, he is liked by Bradley and did well in last two World Cups. Good experience with PSV Eindhoven, Manchester City and then Rangers.
Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA). Midfielder. Born Sept. 9 1985. Caps 23. Goals 3.
Started the year with a bang by scoring a hat-trick in a friendly against Sweden in January. Was part of the Confederations Cup squad but lost his way during a poor domestic season. Useful option in midfield, he began his career under Bradley at Chivas.
Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew). Midfielder. Born May 12 1987. Caps 11. Goals 1.
Made his debut in friendly against Sweden in January and featured in the Gold Cup team, impressing Bradley with skilful and creative midfield play. Can play on either flank. Moved to Columbus after two years in the Netherlands with Heerenveen.
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy). Forward. Born March 4 1982. Caps 121. Goals 42.
Without doubt the key player for the U.S. and the side's record scorer. He is a top performer in MLS. Donovan enjoyed a positive loan spell with Everton which will have boosted his confidence. Bradley likes to play him wide on the left but he can operate as a striker or down the right.
Clint Dempsey (Fulham). Forward. Born March 9 1983. Caps 60. Goals 17.
A tough character who can play in midfield or up front, he has enjoyed a good season in England. He scored in consecutive matches against Egypt, Spain and Brazil during the U.S.'s run to the Confederations Cup final. A guaranteed starter.
Jozy Altidore (Villarreal). Forward. Born Nov. 6 1989. Caps 24. Goals 8.
Rated one of his country's best prospects after impressing in MLS with New York, the son of Haitian immigrants has established himself as Bradley's target man of choice. Has a good scoring record including a qualification hat-trick against Trinidad & Tobago, but has struggled to find a regular starting place in Spain or during his loan period with Hull City.
Brian Ching (Houston). Forward. Born May 24 1978. Caps 44. Goals 11.
The first Hawaiian-born player to represent the U.S., Ching is the traditional target man who is dangerous in the air and acts as the perfect foil for a quicker, more agile strike partner. His excellent understanding with former Houston team mates Clark and Holden may prove useful.
Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy). Forward. Born May 21 1981. Caps 1. Goals 0.
Buddle's only cap came in a friendly against Venezuela in 2003 and he began the season not even on the fringes of the national team. Injuries to others and a purple patch of scoring form in MLS led to his call-up to the pre-World Cup camp.
Hercules Gomez (Puebla). Forward. Born April 6 1982. Caps 2. Goals 0.
Like Buddle, has benefited from Bradley's desperate need for strikers plus a timely run of form. Enjoying very good season in Mexico. Makes up for what he lacks in pace with awareness and endeavour. His only caps came during the 2007 Gold Cup.
Robbie Findlay (Real Salt Lake). Forward. Born Aug. 4 1985. Caps 4. Goals 0.
Rewarded for his role in his club's MLS title success with a chance to stake a claim for a World Cup spot. His pace and eye for goal mean he can be a threat when in form but he has little international experience.
Eddie Johnson (Aris). Forward. Born March 31 1984. Caps 40. Goals 12.
After spells with Cardiff and Fulham, moved to Greece where he has rediscovered his scoring touch. His record for the U.S. team includes eight goals in nine World Cup qualifiers. A livewire striker, he was a surprise call-up to the squad. (Compiled by Simon Evans; Editing by Robert Woodward; To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)comments