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Donovan to miss two friendlies
by Paul Kennedy, October 4th, 2011 12:30AM

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[USA SPOTLIGHT] Already without its two best attacking midfielders, Jose Torres (sidelined with a broken foot) and Stuart Holden (recuperating from another knee surgery), the USA will be without Landon Donovan for the upcoming matches against Honduras Saturday and Ecuador three days later because of a strained right quadriceps.

Edson Buddle, who scored two more goals for German second division club FC Ingolstadt on Friday, will replace Donovan on the roster.

Donovan was injured in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. He will remain in Los Angeles to receive treatment.

His national team career (46 goals in 138 games) has been remarkably free of injury.

Despite coming off early in Birmingham City's game on Sunday with a bruised knee, Jonathan Spector joined the national team at its base in Miami, where it will begin training on Tuesday.

U.S. ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC)



8 comments
  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: October 4, 2011 at 8:40 a.m.
    Well I wonder if this means a change to the 4-3-3 Klinsmann has been using as adding another outright Striker in Buddle in for Donovan means we have at least three or four others that play there... certainly Altidore and Bunbury, but also say Dempsey and Shea... seems to be a bit weak on flank players this time out, especially if Spector is questionable... I'd think that Williams though listed as a midfielder is another possible wingback option along with both Cherundolo and Chandler... that LB position is still a problem. ... (ICE)

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: October 4, 2011 at 10:37 a.m.
    Not seeing many Hispanic players on the National team. Suspect Klinsmann (and most other Europeans) doesn't think that style of play can compete well internationally and does not fit well with the other players more physical style.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: October 4, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.
    This gives coach JK a chance to see how the team motors w/o LD...it also gives a chance to the newbies to show what they can do...Dempsey should be the playmaker and attacking MF, while a good attacking combo of Altidore and Buddle should play a half followed by Agudelo and Bunbury in the last 45...too much has been placed on Agudelo's potential, big problem with him as is the same problem on the squad, i.e., lack of movement off the ball...too much walking and not enough running is unproductive.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: October 4, 2011 at 3:25 p.m.
    Amos, Hispanics can't compete internationally? I guess Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, etc. are the exception, huh?

  1. John DiFiore
    commented on: October 4, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.
    Still not sure I get the choice of Beasley over Herculez Gomez....

  1. Vic Flegel
    commented on: October 4, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.
    Amos and Luis name the hispanic players ,that should be on the team.

  1. Bill Ford
    commented on: October 4, 2011 at 7:48 p.m.
    Carlos Alvarez,Jose Gomez,Jose Altamirano,Luis Silva...need I go on?

  1. Vic Flegel
    commented on: October 5, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.
    Sorry,I don't know any of those players. And apparently neither does Klinsmann.But, if they are talented college players,hopefully they will get a chance in the future.


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