KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 6, 2014
United States national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Monday announced his 21-man roster for the international exhibition games against Ecuador and Honduras.
The October 10 game against Ecuador will be the farewell game for long-serving U.S. international Landon Donovan who is set to retire from the sport at the end of the Major League Soccer season. Donovan will retire from national team with the most goals (57), assists (58), World Cup appearances (12) and World Cup goals (5).
"Obviously, it's going to be a special night on Friday as everyone in the U.S. Soccer family will have the chance to honor the amazing career of Landon Donovan," said Klinsmann in a statement on the U.S. Soccer website.
Among the names on the roster is Miguel Ibarra. His inclusion in the team makes the Minnesota United midfielder the first second division player since Clyde Simms to be called into the national team.
The two games are part of the long process of forming the next 23-man roster for the next World Cup cycle.
"We look at these two games as an opportunity to take a picture of the player pool as it stands now," said Klinsmann. "Already the hierarchy starts to shift in some ways, which is normal at the beginning of a cycle. We are excited to look at this group against a very competitive team like Ecuador, and then we will have a chance to bring some different faces for the game against Honduras.
The United States will play against Ecuador in East Hartford, Connecticut, with the team then heading to Boca Raton, Florida, to face Honduras on October 14.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)