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U.S. Gold Cup roster coming Monday

The United States' 23-man roster for the 2011 Gold Cup will be announced Monday, May 23 on USsoccer.com, the team announced on its Twitter page Thursday.

This announcement won't be as grandiose as last year's World Cup roster unveiling, which was televised live outside ESPN's mega-campus in Connecticut, but it's still a big deal for U.S. fans and players.

The Americans, ranked No. 22 in the world in the latest FIFA rankings, will face No. 76 Canada to open the tournament June 7 in Detroit. The United States has to be thought of as the favorite, but Mexico isn't far behind. El Tri released its roster last week.

Here are my two cents on what might unfold Monday.

Locks:

G - Howard
D - Cherundolo, Bocanegra, Chandler
M - Bradley, Donovan, Dempsey, Edu, Jones
F - Altidore, Agudelo

In the running (in order of likelihood):

G - Guzan, Hahnemann, Yelldell
D - Onyewu, Ream, DeMerit, Goodson, Bornstein, Lichaj
M - Feilhaber, Bedoya, Kljestan, Spector
F - Gomez, Bunbury, Buddle

Long shots:

G - Cervi
D - Gonzalez
M - Clark, Diskerud, Torres
F - Davies, Findley

That's 11 locks, 16 guys in the running (four of whom won't make it) and seven guys likely left out. Your thoughts as the big day nears? What's your dream starting XI look like? (More Gold Cup news).

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