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March 20, 2009
Dempsey named to U.S. squad

CHICAGO---Former New England Revolution forward Clint Dempsey was among the 22 players named to the 22-man roster for the United States' next two World Cup games.

The U.S. visits El Salvador on March 28 before hosting Trinidad & Tobago on March 31.

Former MLS midfielder Freddy Adu of AS Monaco, who was not called in for the Americans' 2-0 qualifying win over Mexico on Feb. 11, was selected by coach Bob Bradley. Forward Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City) also was picked. Johnson – who played in the U.S.’s last qualifier in El Salvador, a 2-0 semifinal win on Oct. 9, 2004. Johnson recorded his first cap and his first goal for the full team that day.

“These next two matches are very important in our efforts to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. “The games against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago represent a big opportunity to solidify our place in the group. We had a fantastic team effort against Mexico, and if we put in the same type of performance we are confident of being able to get results.”

All 11 players who started in the 2-0 win against Mexico will return for the two-game set. Sixteen of the 18 players on the roster that day will head to Miami to begin training.

The U.S. roster:

Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 4/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 8/6 SO), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading: 1/1 SO). Defenders (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 17/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 3/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 1/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 15/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 13/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 8/0), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United: 2/1). Midfielders (7): Freddy Adu (AS Monaco: 5/1), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 22/6), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 7/4), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 7/0), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids: 12/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 2/0). Forwards (5): Jozy Altidore (Xerez C.D.: 4/1), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 13/6), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 13/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 26/9), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 9/8).

Numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals.

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