The age-old adage in professional soccer is that "form is temporary, class is permanent," a refrain that's certainly appropriate when discussing which players should receive a World Cup call-up for their respective national teams.
It's especially fitting in the case of Fulham's
In similar fashion, U.S. coach
Other than Hull's
Of those who are assured of a place on the U.S. roster, only
From my perspective, if Davies isn't fit (and if I'm Bradley, I would give him right until the last-minute roster deadline to prove his fitness), then the only two strikers I'd take to South Africa from the list above would be Ching and Gomez. Ching, as the obligatory target-man option, is a given. As for Gomez, I'm by no means sold on him -- and Buddle would be tempting -- but Gomez provides pace, is in form and has proved he can score outside of MLS.
Although it's the norm for most World Cup squads to include four strikers, the U.S. has the luxury of using midfielders Donovan and