[GOLD CUP] Jurgen Klinsmann named his 23-player roster for the Gold Cup. The USA, which kicks off play July 9 against Belize in Portland, will send very much a "B" team to the Concacaf championship as only one player who started in the June World Cup 2014 qualifiers -- DaMarcus Beasley -- is on the 23-player roster. Three others -- Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Stuart Holden -- came on as subs. Klinsmann said that he had an agreement with MLS not to call up his MLS regulars for the group stage.
Each team can call up to four players from the 35-player short list at the end of the group stage. Five MLS players who started in the June qualifiers are on that list: Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler and Brad Evans on the backline, and Graham Zusi and Eddie Johnson in midfield. Brad Davis, who came off the bench in each of the June qualifiers, is also on that short list.
The Gold Cup will be Landon Donovan's first opportunity to play for the national team since returning to the LA Galaxy from his layoff that extended into the start of the 2013 MLS season.
“A wonderful opportunity now to prove where he’s at now after his break,” Klinsmann said. “We’re just curious to see how he picks up the rhythm, how he picks up the speed and tempo and all his elements.”
Klinsmann said some of his Gold Cup roster omissions were based on the particular club situations of his players:
-- Carlos Bocanegra, the longtime captain, was not called up as he is seeking to switch clubs.
"With Carlos, I had a long talk, he basically is in the middle of another move, he's in the middle of another change," Klinsmann said. "He's going to leave Racing Santander and he is in the middle of making up his mind of where he wants to go, where he wants to continue his career. We simply agreed to leave him out of the roster in order for him to have all options open, to join a new team, right away from the start in preseason and not come in kind of late into this new opportunity."
-- Brek Shea will join the USA for its friendly July 5 against Guatemala in San Diego and then join Stoke City for preseason training.
"We decided that it was really best for Brek to join their preseason at Stoke starting on July 8 with his club," Klinsmann said. "It’s really, really important that he starts off well with Stoke and gets his starting spot well and breaks in, in order for him to get a breakthrough in Europe."
GOALKEEPERS (3):Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Not called up:Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo)
DEFENDERS (8):Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg).
Not called up:Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander, Spain), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers), Jose Torres (Tigres).
Not called up:Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Brek Shea (Stoke City, England), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
FORWARDS (5):Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
Not called up:Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich, Germany).
Note:Four players not called up from short list can join the team for the quarterfinals.
July 9 --USA vs. Belize, 8 p.m. PT JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Ore. FOX Soccer
July 13 -- USA vs. Cuba, 1:30 p.m. MT Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah FOX
July 16 --USA vs. Costa Rica, 8 p.m. ET Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Conn. FOX Soccer