BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, May 16, 2013
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his roster for the upcoming friendless and three World Cup qualifiers in June.
The roster will be missing some familiar faces as Carlos Bocanegra has been dropped despite returning to the starting lineup for Racing Santander. Steve Cherundolo is not on the team as US Soccer stated he is not fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in February. He did play last weekend for Hannover, however, to set a club record for 299 Bundesliga appearances.
The biggest omission, however, is to that of the team's all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan who is returning to solid form for the Los Angeles Galaxy but who missed three World Cup qualifiers after a self-imposed sabbatical from December through late March.
Included on the roster, however, are a series of players who have all had terrific seasons. Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo are currently involved in a Copa Libertadores campaign with Club Tijuana and have advanced to the quarter finals.
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham are still alive for a Champions League spot and Brad Guzan was named Aston Villa's player of the year. In Italy, Michael Bradley and AS Roma are into the Coppa Italia finals on May 29 and the midfielder will be late reporting to camp.
No American player, however, has had a better year than Jozy Altidore who scored 31 goals across all competitions for AZ Alkmaar including the winner in the Dutch Cup over PSV Eindhoven.
While announced weeks ago, Stuart Holden has returned to the team after an injury followed my micro-fracture surgery has forced him out of action for most of the past two years. The Bolton midfielder returned to action in January and continued to earn minutes while on a month-long loan to Sheffield Wednesday.
The United States will open the series of games with a friendly against Belgium in Cleveland on May 29.
Guzan, Brad Aston Villa (England)
Hall, Tally Houston (MLS)
Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Johnson, Sean Chicago Fire (MLS)
Rimando, Nick Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Castillo, Edgar Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Beasley, DaMarcus Puebla (Mexico)
Besler, Matt Sporting Kansas City (MLS))
Cameron, Geoff Stoke City (England)
Gonzalez, Omar LA Galaxy (MLS)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Johnson, Fabian Hoffenheim (Germany)
Parkhurst, Michael Augsburg (Germany)
Bradley, Michael AS Roma (Italy)
Corona, Joe Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Davis, Brad Houston (MLS)
Edu, Maurice Bursaspor (Turkey)
Holden, Stuart Bolton (England)
Jones, Jermaine Schalke (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha Anderlecht (Belgium)
Shea, Brek Stoke City (England)
Williams, Danny Hoffenheim (Germany)
Zusi, Graham Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
Boyd, Terrence Rapid Vienna (Austria)
Dempsey, Clint Tottenham Hotspurs (England)
Gomez, Herculez Santos Laguna (Mexico)
Johnson, Eddie Seattle Sounders (MLS)