[U.S. MEN] Among the 24 players U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley called up for the upcoming friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay are three Americans who were raised in Europe, including 20-year-old defender Timothy Chandler, who has been sensational for German club Nuremberg since joining its first team.
Also getting their first callups are MSV Duisburg goalkeeper David Yelldell and Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread. The latter represented the United States at the 2003 U-20 World Cup, starting every match and scoring against Germany.
The 24 players will train in Cary, N.C., ahead of a pair of international friendlies against Argentina March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium and Paraguay three days later at at LP Field in Nashville.
"This is an important opportunity to get our core group together along with some relatively newer faces as we consider the roster decisions for the Gold Cup this summer," said Bradley. "We have not had these players together for quite some time, so this is a great chance to get in a solid week of training and then face two quality opponents in Argentina and Paraguay."
The New York Red Bulls are the only team to send two players to the training camp, the young duo of Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream joining Landon Donovan (Los Angeles) and Jay DeMerit (Vancouver) in representing Major League Soccer.
GOALKEEPERS (3):Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves), Tim Howard (Everton), David Yelldell (Duisburg)
DEFENDERS (9):Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres), Timothy Chandler (Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Zak Whitbread (Norwich City)
MIDFIELDERS (9):Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt)