JAMIE HILL - Thursday, September 29, 2011
US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann today announced the roster for the upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador.
It is a strong roster that consists of most of the top US players. For the first time since Klinsmann was hired, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are expected to play together again. They will also be joined by regulars Jozy Altidore, Carlos Bocanegra, and Tim Howard.
The US will not be completely at full strength heading into these games. Midfielder Stuart Holden suffered a setback with his knee injury and will miss the next six months of action. Jose Torres also recently had surgery on his foot and will be out for the remainder of 2011. Eric Lichaj will be out at least the next three months with a hip injury and Fabian Johnson's US debut is also delayed as he is out with an injured neck.
Three players will join the US national team for the first time during Klinsmann's reign. Oguchi Onyewu's return to form for his club has paved the way for a return to national team. Nick Rimando has been called in to compete for a place behind Tim Howard. Lastly, Hoffenheim defensive midfielder Danny Williams has received his first ever call to a US team.
Klinsmann has yet to win a game since taking over the US national team. After a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Mexico in his first game, the US team dropped consecutive 1-0 decisions to Costa Rica and Belgium in early September.
The US will take on Honduras in Miami on October 8 and then Ecuador on October 11 in New Jersey.
Hamid, Bill DC United (MLS)
Howard, Tim Everton (England)
Rimando, Nick Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Bocanegra, Carlos Rangers (Scotland)
Chandler, Timothy FC Nurnberg (Germany)
Cherundolo, Steve Hannover (Germany)
Onyewu, Oguchi Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Orozco-Fiscal, Michael San Luis [Mexico)
Ream, Tim New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Spector, Jonathan Birmingham City (England)
Beckerman, Kyle Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Bradley, Michael Chievo Verona (Italy)
Dempsey, Clint Fulham (England)
Edu, Maurice Rangers (Scotland)
Larentowicz, Jeff Colorado (MLS)
Shea, Brek FC Dallas (MLS)
Williams, Danny Hoffenheim (Germany)
Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Altidore, Jozy AZ Alkmaar (Holland)
Beasley, DaMarcus Puebla (Mexico)
Bunbury, Teal Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
Donovan, Landon LA Galaxy (MLS)