[USA MEN] U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added 11 additional players to the initial squad of 16 that
is training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Juan Agudelo was included, while Kenny Cooper of the New York Red Bulls, who just traded Agudelo to Chivas USA, was not called in. Brek Shea, who had played
every game for Klinsmann, probably paid the price for this current three-game suspension as he was not called in.
Only five MLS players were among the late call-ups: Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) and Agudelo, who started for Chivas USA Saturday in his debut against the Los Angeles Galaxy but tired in the second half.
Said Klinsmann, “We have Juan Agudelo coming in after a difficult first part of the season for him, not qualifying for the Olympics, struggling with an injury, and now with the trade to Chivas USA that we hope gives him a lift because he couldn’t pass by Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper at the Red Bulls. He has an opportunity now, and we want him to grab it and make clear to everyone that he deserves to be a starter no matter where he plays.”
Agudelo's call-up for training camp in Florida means he won't return to Red Bull Arena to face the Red Bulls when Chivas USA comes to town on Wednesday.
On some of the other MLS players, Klinsmann said, “Graham Zusi left a very strong impression in the January camp. Geoff Cameron is a guy that is really knocking at the door, with a very strong January camp but also very strong performances for Houston. You have Chris Wondolowski who is scoring and scoring. This is what he loves to do and his attitude and his spirit is just great for a team to have.”
Shea was suspended for kicking a ball at an assistant referee and has not duplicated his success he had last season with FC Dallas.
“We have watched Brek during the last few months," said Klinsmann, "and given his performances and some of the other issues we felt he should be on the standby list. He’s still a young player with a lot of talent, and also a lot to learn.”
UPDATED U.S. ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), *Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), *Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), *Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), *Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), *Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (7): *Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), *Jozy Altidore (AZ), *Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), *Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), *Herculez Gomez (Santos), *Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)