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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

July 2, 2009
THEY'RE ELIGIBLE
U.S. adds to Gold Cup roster


Forwards Jozy Altidore and Conor Casey, midfielders Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan, defender Jonathan Bornstein and goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be eligible for selection during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.

Earlier this week CONCACAF announced a provision that would allow any team participating in the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup in the same year to expand its Gold Cup roster from 23 to 30 players.

The U.S. will not have all seven players present for each Gold Cup match. The exact schedule for these players will be announced as it becomes available. Only 18 players will be eligible to dress for any given game.

"Due to our involvement in the Confederations Cup, CONCACAF decided to expand our eligible pool of players for the Gold Cup," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. "At times during the tournament, we may integrate these seven players with our core roster that was announced last week.

The U.S. began gathering on June 30 in Seattle where the team will prepare for the opening game against Grenada at Qwest Field on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. The team then travels across the country to face Honduras in Washington, D.C. on July 8 at 9 p.m. ET before rounding out group play against Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on July 11 at 7 p.m. ET.

The original 23-man roster already carried over four players from the FIFA Confederations Cup squad in Freddy Adu, Charlie Davies, Heath Pearce and Luis Robles. The Gold Cup roster also includes the return of regular starters Steve Cherundolo and Brian Ching from injury. Cherundolo, sidelined after hip surgery, has not appeared since Oct. 11, 2008, against Cuba, and Ching returns after missing the last two World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup with a hamstring strain.

   
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