November 11, 2013
Donovan not on roster for US friendlies
LA Galaxy midfielder-forward Landon Donovan has been left off the roster for the United States' two friendlies in Europe.
|Injury concerns prompted US coach Jurgen Klinsmann to leave Landon Donovan off the roster for this week's friendlies in Europe.
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The 23-man roster, released by US Soccer on Monday morning, is dominated by Europe-based players, but seven were chosen from MLS rosters. After their early exit from the MLS postseason, Seattle Sounders FC has a league-high three players making the trip, forwards Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson, and defender Brad Evans.
The Americans will play Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UNiMas) on Friday and Austria on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Austria at 1:45 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network/UniMas).
The team is gathering Monday afternoon in Glasgow.
"We are excited about the group we have coming in and the big opportunity to finish the year on a high note," said Klinsmann. "We want to use these games to prove a point and see that our players are continuing to improve as we build towards the World Cup. The results in MLS wound up fitting in with our roster plans,so we didn't need to call in any guys who are still in the playoffs. There are some injuries issues that now give other players the chance to step up."
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)