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Chris Pontius and Jonathan Spector to roster for the upcoming friendlies as Heath Pearce and Zach Lloyd were forced to withdrawn for injuries.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.