[U.S. MEN]U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley called up 20 players for the friendlies against Poland Oct. 9 and Colombia Oct. 12. A team entirely comprised of European-based players will face Poland at Chicago’s Soldier Field, while Heath Pearce and Brek Shea of FC Dallas will join the team three days later for the match against Colombia at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
“We understand this is a critical point in the season for teams in MLS,” said Bradley. “Given the circumstances, we felt it was important that the MLS players be given as much opportunity as possible to remain with their clubs and continue to make important contributions as the playoffs approach.”
Shea and Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj were called up for the first time.
Midfielder Jermaine Joneswas called up for the first time for the August game against Brazil but remained with FC Schalke for the start of its season.
GOALKEEPERS (2):Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8):Carlos Bocanegra (St. Etienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)
MIDFIELDERS (7):Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia M'Gladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (FC Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)