CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Sunday, May 20, 2012
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The Roster is now complete
Jurgen Klinsmann announced the additions of 11 more players today, filling the U.S. camp for the summer. The total number is now 26, which will be trimmed down to 23 by Friday.
This past Tuesday, Klinsmann announced 15 players to his initial roster, leaving wide speculation as to who would make it in the final portion, as there were several key names left off.
Those questions have been answered, and the official inclusion of Landon Donovan will finally see Clint Dempsey able to pair up with the Galaxy star for the first time since Klinsmann took the helm.
Herculez Gomez might be the most anticipated call-up in years, after last playing for the United States in 2010 despite being one of the most prolific goal scorers in the attack-minded Mexican Primera Division. Gomez has the opportunity to become the first American player to win both an MLS Cup and a Mexican title tonight as he and Santos Laguna take on Monterrey in the second leg of the Championship.
Michael Parkhurst is another highly anticipated call-up, as he and FC Nordsjaelland moved one step closer to winning the Danish Superliga today, taking a two-point lead into the final game of the season. If they are able to win the league, he will join Jermaine Jones as being the only Americans to qualify straight into the Champions League group stage for next season.
The players are as follows:
Cameron, Geoff (Houston Dynamo)
Goodson, Clarence (Brondby)
Onyewu, Oguchi (Sporting Lisbon)
Parkhurst, Michael (Nordsjaelland)
Donovan, Landon (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Zusi, Graham (Sporting Kansas City)
Agudelo, Juan (Chivas USA)
Altidore, Jozy (AZ Alkmaar)
Boyd, Terrence (Borussia Dortmand)
Gomez, Herculez (Santos Laguna)
Wondolowski, Chris (San Jose Earthquakes)
The biggest surprise exclusions seem to be Sacha Kljestan, recent winner of the Belgian Jupiler League with Anderlecht and DaMarcus Beasley, who has been enjoying a career revival with Puebla and has been one of the most dangerous left wingers in Mexico over the past season. Another surprise exclusion is Eric Lichaj, who returned to full health after missing several months due to injury, and featured strongly for Aston Villa in the second half of the season.
The training camp is ongoing, and the first game of the summer will be on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, as the United States hosts Scotland.