Donovan, Buddle off for Italy

February, 23, 2012

Galaxy captain Landon Donovan and returning forward Edson Buddle are heading to Genoa for next week's U.S. national team friendly against Italy.

The L.A. attackers are among four Major League Soccer players in Jurgen Klinsmann's 21-man roster for Wednesday's friendly, a prep for the start in June of the Americans' World Cup qualifying campaign. The match will be telecast on ESPN2 and Galavision (11:45 a.m. PT kickoff). Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair/Montclair HS and UCLA) and Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron also are on the list.

Donovan and Buddle are fresh off European experience. Donovan (Redlands/Redlands East Valley HS), who has been sidelined most of the past week with the flu, is coming off a successful seven-week loan to Everton. Buddle spent a year in the German second division before re-signing with the Galaxy at the start of the month.

Four local “regulars” also are on the roster: U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma/Alta Loma HS and UCLA) and his Rangers FC teammate Maurice Edu (Fontana/Etiwanda HS) and Chievo Verona midfielder Michael Bradley, whose family lives in Manhattan Beach. Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo is from San Diego.

Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan returns to the U.S. team for the first time since November 2010.

Thirteen players on the list, including Buddle, were with the U.S. team for its mid-November win at Slovenia. Four -- Rimando, Cameron, midfielder Jermaine Jones and defender Michael Parkhurst -- were with the U.S. for its victories last month against Venezuela in Arizona and at Panama.

Here's the full roster:

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers/Scotland)
Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo)
Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg/Germany)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark)
Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland/Denmark)
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/England)

Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona/Italy)
Maurice Edu (Rangers/Scotland)
Fabian Johnson (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany)
Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca/Mexico)
Danny Williams (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany)

Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)
Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund/Germany)
Edson Buddle (Galaxy)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Landon Donovan (Galaxy)

And here's a full 2011 U.S. schedule (potential additional games to be added; subject to change):

Jan. 21 at Glendale, Ariz.
United States 1 (Clark 97+), Venezuela 0
Jan. 25 at Panama City
Panama 0, United States 1 (Zusi 9)
Feb. 29 at Genoa
United States at Italy
May 26 at Jacksonville, Fla.
Scotland at United States
May 30 at Landover, Md.
Brazil at United States
June 3 at Toronto
United States at Canada
June 8 at Tampa, Fla.
WCQ-Antigua & Barbuda at United States
June 12 at Guatemala City
WCQ-United States at Guatemala
Sept. 7 at Kingston
WCQ-United States at Jamaica
Sept. 11 at site TBA
WCQ-Jamaica at United States
Oct. 12 at Antigua
WCQ-United States at Antigua & Barbuda
Oct. 16 at site TBA
WCQ-Guatemala at United States



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