[USA] Striker Jozy Altidore, who started all four U.S. games at the 2010 World Cup, has been added to the U.S. roster for its Aug. 10 game against Brazil, replacing German product Jermaine Jones. Uncapped Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez has been added, replacing Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall.
Jones, born in Germany to an American father, had announced his intention last year to represent the USA -- he previously played for Germany -- but he was then sidelined by a shin injury. He accepted the invi ation for the Brazil game but, according to U.S. Soccer, after further discussions will remain with FC Schalke to prepare for his first competitive matches in more than a year.
Gonzalez, the 2009 MLS Rookie of the Year, was invited after Marshall withdrew from the roster.
Altidore was scoreless at the World Cup but has nine goals in 29 career games for the USA. He has returned to Villarreal after last season's loan stint with England's Hull City.
Jones, in a prepared statement, said, "I would like to thank Bob Bradley and the U.S. federation greatly for my first official invitation. It is an honor that I have been working towards for over a year, and while I initially felt like I was ready to make my first appearance, it is also extremely important to me that I am 100 percent fit for my first national team game and that I make a good impression on the manager and my teammates. I hope to receive another invitation and finally fulfill my goal of playing with the U.S. national team in the very near future."