Bradley calls out the troops

U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley has named a pool of 33 players who have been called for friendlies against England, Spain and Argentina, beginning with a game against England May 28 at Wembley Stadium.

The pool includes 19 players who spent the last season at clubs abroad. Bradley also called up five uncapped players: goalies Dominic Cervi, Troy Perkins and Chris Seitz, defender Michael Orozco and Robbie Rogers.

Orozco is playing for Mexican First Division club San Luis, while Rogers has already scored five goals for the Columbus Crew, the sensation of the MLS season.

The friendlies will be the USA's final tests for the start of World Cup 2010 qualifying with a two-leg series against Barbados.

The Americans will take a five-game unbeaten streak into the friendly series. They haven't lost since falling to Brazil, 4-2, in September 2007.

England will head to Trinidad & Tobago after its game against the USA. Spain, which will host the USA June 4 in Santander, is preparing for the European Championship, while Argentina, which the USA will face at Giants Stadium June 8, resumes World Cup 2010 qualifying in mid-June.

More than 46,000 tickets have been sold for the USA-Argentina at Giants Stadium.

USA ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Troy Perkins (Valerenga/NOR), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake).

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DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham/ENG), Dan Califf (FC Midtjylland/DEN), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/GER), Jay DeMerit (Watford/ENG), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege/BEL), Michael Orozco (San Luis/MEX), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock/GER), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United/ENG).


MIDFIELDERS: Freddy Adu (Benfica/POR), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers/SCO), Michael Bradley (Heerenveen/NED), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County/ENG), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Eddie Lewis (Derby County/ENG), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids).


FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Fulham/ENG), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Nate Jaqua (out of contract), Eddie Johnson (Fulham/ENG), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Josh Wolff (1860 Munich/GER).

SCHEDULE:
May 28 -- England vs. USA (Wembley Stadium) TV: ESPN Classic -- 3 pm ET; Galavision -- 7 pm ET/PT (delay).
June 4 -- Spain vs. USA (Estadio El Sardinero) TV: ESPN2 -- 5:30 pm ET (delay); Galavision -- 7 pm ET/PT (delay).
June 8 -- Argentina vs. USA (Giants Stadium) TV: ESPN Classic, Galavision -- 7:30 pm ET.

 

 

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