BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
US head coach Bob Bradley today announced the national team roster for the upcoming friendlies later this month against Argentina and Paraguay.
The US will be lead by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan who will be playing together for the first time since the 2010 World Cup. Dempsey last played with the US team for a series of friendlies in October and Donovan was last with the team in August.
The US defense will be lead by team captain Carlos Bocanegra and right back Steve Cherundolo. Oguchi Onyewu, who recently joined FC Twente, will look to reestablish himself as a dominant force with the US team now that he is once again playing regularly at the club level. The US, however, will be without Clarence Goodson who recently broke a toe while training with his club, Brondby.
The US midfield will be boosted by Stuart Holden who is enjoying a breakout season with Bolton Wanders. Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, and Maurice Edu are all likely to see time in central midfield in the two games.
At forward, the US will be led by Jozy Altidore who has recently began to receive regular playing time with Bursaspor in Turkey. Joining Altidore will be New York Red Bull Juan Agudelo who notched his first USMNT goal in last November's 1-0 win over South Africa.
The most surprising callups to the team were David Yelldell who is having a strong season in Germany for Duisburg and will be looking to earn his first cap. Also joining Yelldell for his first cap will be Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread who for the better part of 18 months was sidelined with injuries before finally returning to health in late December.
In addition to Whitbread, promising young defender Timothy Chandler of German club Nurnberg has received his first call. Chandler has emerged as one of the best young players in the Bundesliga after making his senior team debut earlier this season.
The US will play Argentina on Saturday, March 26 at the Medowlands Stadium and will then take on Paraguay on Tuesday, March 29 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Hahnemann, Marcus (Wolves)
Howard, Tim (Everton)
Yelldell, David (Duisburg)
Bocanegra, Carlos (St. Etienne)
Bornstein, Jonathan (Tigres)
Chandler, Timothy (FC Nurnberg)
Cherundolo, Steve (Hannover)
DeMerit, Jay (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Onyewu, Oguchi (FC Twente)
Ream, Tim (New York Red Bulls)
Spector, Jonathan (West Ham United)
Whitbread, Zak (Norwich City)
Bradley, Michael (Aston Villa)
Dempsey, Clint (Fulham)
Diskerud, Mikkel (Stabaek)
Donovan, Landon (LA Galaxy)
Edu, Maurice (Rangers)
Feilhaber, Benny (AGF Aarhus)
Holden, Stuart (Bolton)
Jones, Jermaine (Blackburn)
Kljestan, Sacha (Anderlecht)
Agudelo, Juan (New York Red Bulls)
Altidore, Jozy (Bursaspor)
Buddle, Edson (FC Ingolstadt)