BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, August 25, 2011
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced the 24-man roster that will play a pair of friendlies against Costa Rica in Los Angeles and Belgium in Brussels.
The games come on the heels of a 1-1 draw with Mexico in Klinsmann's first game as head coach.
The roster is a strong one that will feature many top players including team leaders Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, and team captain Carlos Bocanegara.
Also included in the roster is Brek Shea who impressed three weeks ago against Mexico in Philadelphia. He is also joined by MLS palyers Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Rogers, and Juan Agudelo who all had strong performances in Klinsmann's debut.
The game will also mark the return of FC Nurnberg right back Timothy Chandler to the US team. The 21-year old emerged as a budding Bundesliga star and earned his first two national team caps in March, but did not play in the Gold Cup citing fatigue.
Chandler also pulled out of the Mexico friendly with an "injury" despite not missing any time with his club.
The most surprising call is Hoffenheim's Fabian Johnson who recently said that he was open to playing for the United States. The former German youth international has enjoyed an exceptionally strong start to the season.
Glaring omissions are Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley who are both in uncertain club situations.
The US will face Costa Rica on September 3 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California and then Belgium on September 6 in Brussels.
Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Bocanegra, Carlos Rangers (Scotland)
Castillo, Edgar Club America (Mexico)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Goodson, Clarence Brondby (Denmark)
Loyd, Zach FC Dallas, (MLS)
Orozco, Michael San Luis [Mexico)
Pearce, Heath CD Chivas (MLS)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Beckerman, Kyle Salt Lake (MLS)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Johnson, Fabian Hoffenheim (Germany)
Kljestan, Sacha Anderlecht (Belgium)
Lartentowicz, Jeff Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Rogers, Robbie Columbus Crew (MLS)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (MLS)
Torres, Jose Francisco Pachuca (Mexico)
Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
Bunbury, Teal Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)