BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, August 29, 2011
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today added Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector to roster for the upcoming friendlies as Heath Pearce and Zach Lloyd were forced to withdrawn for injuries.

Zach Lloyd did not play this past weekend for FC Dallas because of a right hamstring injury and Heath Pearce was forced to leave Saturday night's game for Chivas USA also because of a hamstring injury.

A long-time veteran with the US team, Jonathan Spector will arrive at camp for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann was hired as head coach. Spector joined Birmingham City in the offseason after leaving West Ham United.

Chris Pontius, 24, will be looking for his first US international cap against either Costa Rica or Belgium. The Yorba Linda, California native was part of the annual January camp in 2010 but he did not play in the friendly against Honduras.

Pontius has started all 24 games for DC United this year and has seven goals.

US Soccer also announced that Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey will not join the US team in California as he will remain in London to treat back spasms. Dempsey will instead join the US team this Sunday in Brussels in preparation for the friendly against Belgium on September 6.
Tuesday August 30, 2011 5:56 am
Interesting to see a midfielder and an attacker coming into camp with three left sided defenders all out of the picture... Pearce, Loyd and now Fabian Johnson with FIFA paper work to complete...

I would have expected say, Eric Lichaj to have been called in, at least for cover. Looks like Edgar Castillo will see another start now... that leaves a pair of RB's in Cherundolo and Chandler and Goodson, Orazco-Fiscal and Bocanegra as our defense... still think Boca is just too slow to play at LB any longer.

I would tend to think that with Beckerman and Dempsey both missing the Costa Rica match Torres won't be playing out on the left this time, more likely teamed with Edu... so does Donovan play at the attacking center midfielder's role in a 4-5-1? I suppose that Pontius is more likely to be used as a left midfielder against Costa Rica if that is the case. Wonder if Chandler gets to play in front of Cherundolo at outside right mid? Think if we play a lone ranger up top that Teal Bunbury is the better Striker to play as the "wide body" back to the net guy... Jozy is scoring but I still think he isn't great at holding the ball up top the way Buddle did in the Mexico match.

Not sure where Spector fits into the picture... but whatever line-up Jurgen selects I hope they continue to play a shorter passing more controlled style... and remember to shoot. Guess Rogers is an option at Left mid as well... but I'm curious to see if Donovan is played centrally or if Torres or Agudelo plays that central attacking midfielder with Dempsey missing.

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