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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

February 23, 2012
EURO-CENTRIC
Only four MLS players on US roster for Italy


Edson Buddle returns to the U.S. National Team mix for next Wednesday's friendly against Italy in Genoa.
Edson Buddle returns to the U.S. National Team mix for next Wednesday's friendly against Italy in Genoa.
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CHICAGO - U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a squad of 21 mostly European based players to prepare for the match against four-time World Cup champion Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa.

Kickoff for the teams' first meeting on Italian soil since 2002 is set for 8:45 p.m. local time (2:45 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision.

The match takes place on the first FIFA international fixture date of 2012, which allowed Klinsmann to select all available players, though he appears to have avoiding calling up players from Major League Soccer whose teams are in pre-season training.

Only the LA Galaxy's Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan, Real Salt Lake's goalkeeper Nick Rimando and Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron were called.

Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan makes his debut in a camp under Klinsmann, the goalkeeper last appearing for the United States in the 1-0 win against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.


"We're looking forward to having all the European-based players back in the roster and picking up where we left off with them from the Slovenia game," said Klinsmann, who is on a three-match winning streak dating back to the 3-2 victory on Nov. 15, 2011, against Slovenia. "I'm excited about getting everybody together and challenging a world-class team like former World Cup winner Italy on their home soil. I think we have put a very competitive roster together. This roster was co-developed with the U-23 team because we wanted them to have a great preparation game before they go into Olympic qualifying in March. Our roster is highly competitive and ready to give them a real fight."

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) :Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) :Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (6) : Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5) :Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)


   
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