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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Chivas' Pearce in Klinsmann's first roster

By Scott French

Juergen Klinsmann's first U.S. roster was announced Thursday, and Heath Pearce has reason to celebrate.


The Chivas USA center back, a preliminary-roster selection for the 2010 World Cup who did not make the final squad, was among 22 players selected for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico in Philadelphia.

Orange's Michael Orozco Fiscal, who plays in Mexico for San Luis, also received a recall -- he's made just one international appearance, back in 2008.

The other locals on the roster -- Galaxy star Landon Donovan, Alta Loma's Carlos Bocanegra, Fontana's Maurice Edu and Manhattan Beach's Michael Bradley -- are national team regulars. Former Galaxy striker Edson Buddle, now in Germany, also is on the list.

Pearce made his U.S. debut in 2005 and has made 33 international appearances, playing almost entirely as a left back. He was shifted to the middle by Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser this season but is expected to be an outside back for Klinsmann.

The full roster:

GOALKEEPERS
Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne/France)
Edgar Castillo (America/Mexico)
Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg/Germany)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark)
Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/Mexico)
Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

MIDFIELDERS
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany)
Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany)
Maurice Edu (Rangers FC/Scotland)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany)
Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca/Mexico)

FORWARDS
Freddy Adu (Benfica/Portugal)
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls)
DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico)
Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt/Germany)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)