KENYA BROWN - Friday, June 12, 2015
The United States national team unveiled its 35-man preliminary roster for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, with several surprise additions and omissions.
The biggest surprise on the list is defender DaMarcus Beasley who announced his retirement from international soccer in December last year. However, it has been reported that national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann spoke with Houston Dynamo man on rejoining the side and he has made himself available for the tournament. The 33-year-old will be challenging for the left back spot with the likes of Greg Garza and Brek Shea.
Forward Alan Gordon is the next surprise addition to the roster. The last time the LA Galaxy star played for the U.S. was back in 2012 in a World Cup qualifier against Antigua and Barbuda. The chances of him making the 23-man roster for the Cup could be difficult as he competes for a spot with the likes of Aron Johannsson, Jozy Altidore and U.S. captain Clint Dempsey.
Defenders Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez make their returns to the team as they were missing from the team that played in friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany. Jozy Altidore also makes the team even though he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
Some notable omissions from the roster are Geoff Cameron, Miguel Ibarra and Jermaine Jones, who will miss out on the Gold Cup due to a groin injury.
Danny Williams and Bobby Wood did not make the roster despite both being among the goal scorers in the European friendlies. Wood scored two game-winning goals against the Dutch and Germans respectively.
Under the rules for the Gold Cup, each qualified team must select 23 players from their 35-man roster for group stage of the tournament by June 23. Afterwards, each team that advances from the group stage can replace six players with those replacements coming from the original 35.
The U.S. will play their first group game in the Gold Cup against Honduras on July 7.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
Defenders: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Pubela), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)