[USA MEN]U.S. national team coachJurgen Klinsmanncalled in 23 players for matches against Scotland Friday in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas) and against Austria Tuesday in Vienna (2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network and UniMas). The squad is significant for who is not there as much as who is there. There are no players from the four MLS semifinalists, while Landon Donovan is one of four players out with injuries.
The games are the last two of the year for the USA and two of the remaining three games for which Klinsmann will have all his players available before the final World Cup 2014 preparations begin in May. There's is one friendly date on the FIFA calendar in May.
The only player getting his first call-up from Klinsmann is Eric Lichaj of Nottingham Forest. Besides Donovan, Edgar Castillo, Clarence Goodson and Brad Guzan are all nursing injuries and not available for selection, according to U.S. Soccer.
MLS is off this weekend because of the international matches scheduled on the November fixture dates. But as it is, none of the players still involved in the playoffs were called up. National team regulars on the conference finalists include Matt Beslerand Graham Zusi(Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) and Brad Davis(Houston Dynamo).
GOALKEEPERS (3):Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
DEFENDERS (7):DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla).
MIDFIELDERS (7):Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City).
FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).