Klinsmann calls up Onyewu and Williams for first time

[USA SPOTLIGHT] Oguchi Onyewu gets his first callup under Jurgen Klinsmann. Another German-American, Danny Williams of Hoffenheim, is called up for the first time to the U.S. national team. Michael Bradley, now starting in Chievo Verona, returns to the team. Those are just three of the 22 players called up by Klinsmann for the upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.

Klinsmann said he was pleased that Onyewu had broken into the lineup at Sporting Lisbon.

As for Bradley, he said,  "I got very good feedback from people who watched him over the weekend. I sent a scout to that game and [Michael] was involved in both goals.”

Also getting their first callup under Klinsmann are Sporting Kansas City's Teal Bunbury and Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando.

Also back after missing the games against Costa Rica and Belgium is DaMarcus Beasley, who is playing very well in Mexico.

Players who started in at least one of the last two games but were not recalled for the October matches are Clarence Goodson, Edgar Castillo, Jose Torres and Robbie Rogers.

Torres started all three games under Klinsmann but is now sidelined with a foot injury.

The USA hosts Honduras on Oct. 8 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer and Univision.

Three days later, the USA faces Ecuador in its first appearance at Red Bull Arena. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision.

U.S. ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy).

4 comments about "Klinsmann calls up Onyewu and Williams for first time".
  1. John DiFiore, September 30, 2011 at 1:12 p.m.

    Beasley over Herc Gomez??? Really??

  2. Scott O'Connor, September 30, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.

    Defenders: One more chance for Ream; maybe Gooch is finally recovered from his injury; need to see something from Chandler for all the hype he gets; Orozco needs to show more poise on the ball; Cherundolo is solid but does he have 3-4 more years left in him? Specter's been making the trips but not getting into the games; Carlos is Carlos but see Cherundolo above.

  3. Scott O'Connor, September 30, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.

    Midfield: Absence of Torres is the biggest thing; Williams, show me something and I'll care; Edu is solid as holding mid; Bradley is a known commodity; Dempsey wants to move forward; Beckerman needs to show he's not over his head at this level; I like Shea but saw heard some comments during the CCL game last week that he was tired and not playing like he was earlier in the year; Jeff L lets see if he can contribute something

  4. Scott O'Connor, September 30, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.

    Forwards: The AA boys (Agudelo Altidore) the jobs theirs to lose; would like to see if Josy can translate the Dutch success into his international play; Donovan I like better in the center of midfield with this line-up; Bunbury deserves another look; Beasley must really look great on film in Mexico; Gomez must look bad on film in Mexico

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