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October 1, 2009
Dempsey, Davies among those on U.S. roster for final 2 WCQs

Former BC star Charlie Davies has been called in for the U.S.' last two World Cup Qualifiers.
Former BC star Charlie Davies has been called in for the U.S.' last two World Cup Qualifiers.
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CHICAGO---Former New England Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey and former Boston College star Charlie Davies were named to the U.S. National Team 22-man roster for its final two CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers in Honduras Oct. 10 and vs. Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. Oct. 14.

The U.S. travels to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET. Four days later, the U.S. returns home for the last match of final round qualifying to host Costa Rica in Washington, D.C. at 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

The U.S. roster remains largely unchanged from the team that collected a pair of victories against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago in the previous two qualifiers.

The attack is led by Landon Donovan, who recently became the USA’s all-time leader in World Cup qualifying appearances when he earned his 32nd and 33rd caps in the competition. Donovan has contributed to 10 of the USA’s 14 goals in the final round of 2010 qualifying, amassing two goals and eight assists. He has also tied Cobi Jones for the most assists ever (9) for the U.S. in a calendar year. Jozy Altidore’s game-winning goal in the 2-1 win against El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah, kept him atop the U.S. scoring chart in this qualifying cycle with six goals, while Dempsey moved into second place with five goals when he tallied the tying goal in that game.

One notable addition: former FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper, who plays with 1860 Munich

The U.S. defense is backstopped by goalkeeper Tim Howard, who earned the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. He has posted an impressive eight shutouts in 14 all-time World Cup qualifying appearances, including the 1-0 shutout against T&T on Sept. 9 in Port-of-Spain that gave the U.S. their first away victory in the final round. U.S. captain and defender Carlos Bocanegra is one of four players to have appeared in all eight of the USA’s final round qualifiers thus far, along with Altidore, Dempsey and Donovan. AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu is poised to earn his 50th international cap for the United States, while Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo is the only player in the group to have played in the USA’s last visit to Honduras, earning his second-ever cap in a 2-1 victory on March 28, 2001, in the final round of qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The Houston Dynamo contributes the most players to the roster, sending three to players to the camp that begins Oct. 4 in Miami. Ricardo Clark scored his second international goal and first in qualifying when he netted the critical game-winner against Trinidad & Tobago last month. Brian Ching is tied for third in scoring for the U.S. in this cycle with four goals, while Stuart Holden has entered as a substitute in the USA’s last three qualifiers. Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey sits in second place in the MLS scoring charts with 15 goals in 21 matches

The Americans (5-2-1, 16 points) are in first place. Only four points separate the top four teams with two games remaining, as Mexico (5-3-0, 15) sits one point behind the U.S. Honduras (4-3-1) has 13 points and Costa Rica (4-4-0) has 12. The top three teams advance to the World Cup, while the fourth-place team will participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place side from South America.

While a victory in either of its last two matches would ensure the U.S.’s place in South Africa next year, there are several scenarios in which the U.S. could advance.

To qualify on Oct. 10, the U.S. would need to earn at least as many points as Costa Rica that day – with Costa Rica hosting Trinidad & Tobago, a team that has been eliminated – or Costa Rica would have to lose. If the U.S. does not qualify on Oct. 10, the Americans would need at least a tie against Costa Rica on the final match day to guarantee a sixth consecutive appearance in the World Cup.

The U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 14/8 SO)

DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 24/3), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 4/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover: 19/0), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards: 1/0), Clarence Goodson (IK Start: 1/0), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan: 18/1), Jonathan Spector (West Ham: 3/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach: 13/4), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 7/1), Clint Dempsey (Fulham: 20/5), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus: 4/0), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo: 3/0), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew: 0/0), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca: 6/0)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Hull City: 11/6), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids: 5/0), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 16/6), Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich: 1/1), Charlie Davies (FC Sochaux: 5/2), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 33/11)

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