Early Monday morning, US Soccer Federation announced Jurgen Klinsmann's 21-player roster for the upcoming international friendlies against Ecuador (Friday, October 10th) and Honduras (Tuesday, October 14th). The upcoming Ecuador match in Hartford, Connecticut will serve as the national team farewell for the retiring US icon Landon Donovan.
The roster combines a mix of MLS and European-based players that will serve as a way for Klinsmann to familiarize with young talent ahead of Gold Cup, Copa America, and World Cup preparations. Here's the 21:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Bill Hamid (DC United)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana)
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
Michael Orozco (Puebla)
Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes)
Joe Corona (Tijuana)
Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg)
Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake)
Julian Green (Hamburg)
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund)
Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC)*
Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
*This marks the first time that a US second-division player has been called to the USMNT.
United States faces Ecuador on Friday, October 10th at 6:00PM (ESPN) and Honduras on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:00PM (ESPN).
Looking ahead, this roster does little favor to the already limping Houston Dynamo. With Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido already ccalled up to the Honduran squad Houston will likely face full-strength squads from both matches this week. Toronto FC (who the Dynamo face Wednesday night) get a pass by having centerpiece Michael Bradley stay home. DC United's Bill Hamid will be in Connecticut on Friday but will rejoin the Eastern Conference leaders for Houston's match on Sunday.
After Saturday's loss to New York, the Dynamo were already quite wounded with a near-impossible task ahead (claim four wins in the last four and hope for everyone else to falter). As Houston enters a tough week against intact opponents, a monumental effort just became even more massive.
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