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USA ready to prep for El Salvador, T&T
March 23rd, 2009 7AM

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[HEXAGONAL] Coach Bob Bradley has named a 22-man roster for the USA's second and third games of the final round of World Cup qualifying. The USA, which opened the Hexagonal with a 2-0 home win over Mexico, plays at El Salvador March 28 and hosts Trinidad & Tobago April 1 in Nashville, Tenn. The team begins convening for training March 22 in Miami. Freddy Adu is included in the roster after being left out for the Mexico game.

"These next two matches are very important in our efforts to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup," said Bradley, who is 8-1-0 overall in qualifying action. "The games against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago represent a big opportunity to solidify our place in the group. We had a fantastic team effort against Mexico, and if we put in the same type of performance we are confident of being able to get results."

The roster includes all 11 starters from the Feb. 11 win over Mexico. Players called in for the first time this year are midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who returns after serving a one-match suspension for yellow-card accumulation; defenders Jay DeMerit and Jonathan Spector, who have recovered from injury; and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who last appeared for the USA in 2007.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard is suspended for the El Salvador game after picking up his second yellow card of the qualifying in the win against Mexico.

USA Roster vs. El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago
March 22-April 2, 2009

GOALKEEPERS
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading/ENG).

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes/FRA), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland/DEN), Jay DeMerit (Watford/ENG), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege/BEL), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock/GER), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United/ENG).
 
MIDFIELDERS
Freddy Adu (Monaco/FRA), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers/SCO), Michael Bradley (Borussia M"nchengladbach/GER), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers/SCO), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca/MEX).
 
FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore (Xerez/SPAIN), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham/ENG), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City/Wales).

 



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