Tuesday, May 11, 2010

5/11/2010: Duncan Oughton Left Out Of All Whites World Cup Squad

Duncan Oughton was left out of the World Cup squad today for New Zealand as other MLS Kiwi's such as Andrew Boyens and Simon Elliot were included in Ricky Herbert's squad. Another surprise is that Jeremy Christie of the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL/NASL Second Division) was picked over Duncan Oughton, which is interesting considering how valuable Oughton is in a World Cup locker room; as well as on the field in the past few years for New Zealand.

Also, somewhat surprising is that players unattached to a club, such as Simon Elliot and David Mulligan, got the nod over Oughton and others; As those two cannot have that good of fitness coming into this World Cup squad.

The entire All Whites squad headed to the World Cup includes:

Goalkeepers: James Bannatyne (Team Wellington), Glen Moss (Melbourne Victory/Australia), Mark Paston (Wellington Phoenix)

Defenders: Andy Boyens (New York Red Bulls), Tony Lochhead (Wellington Phoenix), Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn Rovers), Winston Reid (FC Midtjylland), Ben Sigmund (Wellington Phoenix), Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City)

Midfielders: Andy Barron (Team Wellington), Leo Bertos (Wellington Phoenix), Tim Brown (Wellington Phoenix), Jeremy Christie (FC Tampa Bay Rowdies), Aaron Clapham (Canterbury United), Simon Elliott (unattached), Michael McGlinchey (Motherwell), David Mulligan (unattached)

Strikers: Jeremy Brockie (Newcastle Jets), Rory Fallon (Plymouth Argyle), Chris Killen (Middlesbrough), Shane Smeltz (Gold Coast United), Chris Wood (West Bromwich Albion)


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