[USA MEN]U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called up 29 players -- four will rotate through as the No. 3 keeper -- for the camp that begins May 26 in Cleveland and the upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Germany and World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras. There is, as expected, no Landon Donovan on the list. There is also no Steve Cherundolo and no Carlos Bocanegra. There were, however, a few surprise call-ups. For the complete roster ...
The camp was originally scheduled to start May 21 at the Home Depot Center. The delayed start gives foreign-based players who have completed their seasons a chance to rest and MLS players one more week with their clubs.
Edgar Castillo and Joe Coronawill be unavailable through May 29 as Tijuana will face Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro in the quarterfinals of the Libertadores Cup. Several other players could be unavailable for the start of camp, depending on weekend results.
Klinsmann on ...
-- Donovan: "Maybe later on we’ll definitely expect him back in the team."
-- "Cherundolo is still recovering from an injury and he simply needs time for his knee to get back to 100 percent."
-- Bocanegra: "He knows that if anything happens to one of those center backs that he’ll get called in right away, but I think we are blessed with our center back position."
(Click here for more on Klinsmann's analysis.)
Three players called up have not played in six weeks or more: Michael Parkhurst (since Feb. 16), Danny Williams (March 30) and Brek Shea (April 2).
Klinsmann also called in Stuart Holden for the first time during his tenure as the midfielder has returned to action after a long layoff with knee problems. Holden, who could also play in the Gold Cup in July, is the lone player called up for the first time this year.
Besides Bocanegra, six players were called in for earlier Hexagonal matches but won't be with the national team for the upcoming camp and matches: Tony Beltran,Timmy Chandler, Brad Evans, Justin Morrow,Michael OrozcoandJose Torres. Only Chandler, who is injured, played in a final-round qualifier.
Klinsmann, who will have to put together an almost entirely separate team for the Gold Cup, added that other players were on his radar. He mentioned AZ striker Aron Johannsson, who has dual citizenship with Iceland and the United States, and players on the Under-20 World Cup team.
U.S. national team roster:
GOALKEEPERS:Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8):DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5):Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC).
Note:Backup goalies will be rotated through the team: Sean Johnson (May 26-30), Hamid (May 30-June 2), Hall (June 2-June 8), Rimando (June 9-19).
May 29:Belgium (friendly) in Cleveland
June 2:Germany (friendly) in Washington, D.C.
June 7:at Jamaica (World Cup qualifying)
June 11:Panama (World Cup qualifying) in Seattle
June 18:Honduras (World Cup qualifying) in Sandy, Utah