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May 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Eddie Johnson called in by U.S. national team for World Cup qualifiers, friendlies

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgEddie Johnson is headed back to the U.S. men’s national team.

The Sounders FC forward was one of 26 players called up Thursday by coach Jurgen Klinsmann for a slew of upcoming games. Players will meet May 26 in Cleveland ahead of a May 29 friendly there against Belgium. That is followed by a June 2 friendly against Germany in Washington, D.C.

The big games come later in World Cup qualifiers June 7 at Jamaica, June 11 vs. Panama (in Seattle) and June 18 vs. Honduras (in Salt Lake).

Johnson is expected to stay with the Sounders through a May 26 road game against the Los Angeles Galaxy before reporting to the USMNT. He is set to miss MLS games against Chivas USA (June 1) and Vancouver (June 8).

“The hard work we have been doing here doesn’t go unnoticed,” Johnson said in a team release. “I thank my teammates and coaches for pushing me week in and week out. To wear the U.S. National Team jersey in front of Seattle fans will be an unbelievable experience for me. I’m honored and privileged to have this opportunity.”

Johnson has 10 goals in qualifying, tied for second in federation history with Brian McBride.

“Eddie is a guy with amazing pace,” Klinsmann said in an interview with U.S. Soccer. “He can surprise people going one against one and can create something out of nothing.”

Here is the full list of 26 (four MLS goalkeepers will rotate one at a time):

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GOALKEEPERS (6): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)

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