BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, November 15, 2009
USA national team coach Bob Bradley announced today that he would be adding four players to the roster for the friendly against Denmark on Wednesday, November 18 in Aarhus.
Houston Dynamo's Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden along with Tigres' Edgar Castillo and Pachuca's Jose Francisco Torres will join the team in Denmark for the game against the 27th ranked Denmark.
Bradley also announced that midfielder Clint Dempsey and defenders Chad Marshall and Steve Cherundolo have left camp and would not play on Wednesday.
These roster changes for the USA come on the heels of a 1-0 loss to fellow World Cup qualifier Slovakia in Bratislava on Saturday. In that game, the USA dominated possession but were unable to generate enough scoring chances to produce an equalizer.
For Castillo, it will be his first time with the US national team. The 23 year old left back had played with Mexico's youth teams as well as several friendlies with the senior team. A recent rules change by FIFA allowed him make a one-time switch to the USA.
The New Mexico-born Castillo filed for the switch in August and was approved in September. He is now only eligible to represent the United States for the rest of his international career.
Also joining Castillo in Denmark will be Houston Dynamo midfielders, Ricardo Clark and Stuart Holden. The pair saw their season end on Friday night after Houston fell 2-0 in extra time to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Western Conference Championship game. For both Clark and Holden, the offseason now begins and rumors have circulated that both may move to European clubs in January.
For Jose Francisco Torres, he will join the team looking to make his case to Bob Bradley for increased playing time on the national team. Last year the Texas-born Torres made the decision to represent the US over Mexico.
Despite being a regular on World Cup qualifying rosters and a starter for Pachuca, playing time has been limited so far for the 22 year old midfielder.
The match against Denmark will likely be the last game of a very busy year for the 'Nats. The US has already played 23 games this calendar year and has a record of 13-7-3 in 2009.
The two teams last played on January 20, 2007 in Carson, California in what was Bob Bradley's first game as head coach of the national team. In that match, which was also a friendly, the rosters for both teams consisted largely of domestic based players with the Stars and Stripes emerging with a 3-1 victory.