Well, the call-ups don’t hurt this time.
Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans were officially called in by the U.S. men’s national team Monday for upcoming friendlies against Scotland (noon Friday, ESPN2) and Austria (11:45 a.m. on Nov. 19, NBC Sports Network).
The 23-man roster does not include MLS players still active in the playoffs, which is why the Sounders FC trio was available, and also does not include some players nursing injuries, like Landon Donovan, Brad Guzan, Edgar Castillo and Clarence Goodson.
“We are excited about the group we have coming in and the big opportunity to finish the year on a high note,” said coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a news release. “We want to use these games to prove a point and see that our players are continuing to improve as we build towards the World Cup. The results in MLS wound up fitting in with our roster plans, so we didn’t need to call in any guys who are still in the playoffs. There are some injuries issues that now give other players the chance to step up.”
In some notes, Dempsey has six international goals in 2013 (matching his career high set last year), Johnson has five goals and one assist (including the game winner against Mexico that clinched a World Cup berth) and Evans has started the last seven games he was available (including five World Cup qualifiers).
Here is the full roster:
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GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
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