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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

August 27, 2009
SWEET 17
Confederations Cup players called in for U.S. WCQs vs. El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago


Former BC star Charlie Davies is part of the 24-man roster for the U.S.'s World Cup qualifiers vs. El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago next month.
Former BC star Charlie Davies is part of the 24-man roster for the U.S.'s World Cup qualifiers vs. El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago next month.
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Seventeen players who played for the U.S. team that stunned then top-ranked Spain in the semifinals of the FIFA Confederation Cup were named to the 24-player roster for its World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador on Sept. 5 and vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 9.

The U.S. hosts the Central Americans at Sandy, Utah before flying to Port of Spain four days later.

The American players from the Confederations Cup included midfielder Landon Donovan, former New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore, and former Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey.

Former FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper was not named to the roster. He recently transfered from MLS to 1860 Munich in the German Bundesliga.

The team will begin gathering Aug. 30 in Utah for training. Following the match against El Salvador, the U.S. team will travel Sept. 7 to Trinidad. The U.S. currently sits in third place in the final round hexagonal, collecting 10 points and a 3-2-1 record through six games. Costa Rica leads the pack with 12 points, while Honduras holds second place based on a superior goal differential to the United States. The top three teams automatically advance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth place team from South America.

“Clearly these are very important games in our effort to qualify for 2010 FIFA World Cup,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. “As we expected, qualifying in this region is very competitive. Both El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago will be hungry to get points from these matches, and we have an opportunity to position ourselves well to secure a berth for South Africa.”

Howard, who missed the previous match in this round against El Salvador while serving a one-game suspension, has recorded a seven shutouts in 12 qualifying appearances. Clint Dempsey, honored with the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the Confederations Cup, scored three times in South Africa, including goals against Spain and Brazil. Dempsey is tied for second place in scoring for the U.S. in this qualifying cycle, netting four goals along with Bradley, Donovan and Brian Ching.

Led by team captain Carlos Bocanegra, four players have appeared in all six of the U.S.’s final round qualifiers. Donovan is the leading cap winner on the roster with 116 international appearances. His strike in the 2-1 qualifying win against Honduras in Chicago on June 6 lifted him to the top of the team’s all-time scoring list in World Cup qualifying with 11 goals. Donovan, who has made 31 qualifying appearances, is poised to surpass Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope and Claudio Reyna as the Americans' WCQ games leader.

Altidore leads all U.S. scorers in this qualifying campaign with five goals, including a hat-trick in the 3-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago in Nashville, Tenn. April 1. Altidore, 19, became the youngest player in U.S. history to record a hat trick. Altidore also scored the first goal to spark the USA’s comeback in the 2-2 draw on March 28 in El Salvador, marking the first time the team has faced and erased a two-goal deficit to earn a point on the road.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman and forward Robbie Findley are making their first appearance on a World Cup qualifying roster. Along with Robbie Rogers, they are only players on the roster without a cap in qualifying. Stuart Holden earned his first World Cup qualifying cap against Mexico. With his goal at Estadio Azteca, former Boston College forward Charlie Davies has recorded two goals in qualifying in three appearances.

The U.S. roster

Goalkeeper (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 12/7 SO).

Defenders (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 22/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 19/0), Jay DeMerit (Watford: 3/0), Clarence Goodson (IK Start: 1/0), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew: 2/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 17/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 2/0).

Midfielders (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake: 0/0), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 11/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 6/0), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 18/4), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 2/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 5/0).

Forwards (6): Jozy Altidore (Hull City: 9/5), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 16/6), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 3/2), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 31/11), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake: 0/0).
   
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