U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann called in a 24-man squad for friendlies against Costa Rica (Sept. 2) and Belgium (Sept. 6). No Sounders FC players were included, but here’s an opponent watch:
Columbus Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers was called in, but it sounds like he’s been dealing with an ankle issue this week anyways in preparation for Saturday’s game at CenturyLink Field. The FC Dallas duo of Brek Shea and Zach Loyd appear likely out of the picture for Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup semifinal at Starfire Stadium.
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GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nurnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)