[USA MEN] U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 22 players to prepare for friendlies against France and Slovenia. The only newcomer in the squad is Alfredo Morales of German club Hertha Berlin.
The USA will face France on Nov. 11 at the Stade de France in St. Denis (TV: ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision, Univision.com, 3 pm ET). Four days later, it plays Slovenia at Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana (TV: ESPN2, ESPN3, Galavision, 1 pm ET). The team will begin gathering Monday in Paris.
Morales is eligible to play for Germany, Peru and the USA.
Back in the U.S. squad are Broendly defender Clarence Goodson and Jermaine Jones, who has regained his starting job at Schalke 04. Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim) will be in camp for the first time since FIFA cleared him to play for the USA.
Five players called up for the October friendlies won't be with the USA against France and Slovenia: Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) and Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City).
Regarding Agudelo and Bunbury, Klinsmann said, “Both right now are in a challenging position with the full team because of players ahead of them. Our thought is that if they are not in the starting lineup for us, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction with the under-23 team and to play two full games. It’s better for them than sitting on the bench, and they experience another development path by playing with the U-23s. It’s a good message to Juan and Teal that this is your age group, and they can now be challenged in different ways. In the senior team they measure themselves against the best as they fight against established older players. With the U-23 team, they are challenged in a different way by being two of the more experienced players in that group, and having a chance to continue to grow and mature.”
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton).
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy).