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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Klinsmann calls in 24 for HDC clash

By Scott French

Juergen Klinsmann's roster for the U.S. national team's game next week against Costa Rica at Home Depot Center has been released, and there aren't many surprises.

Michael Bradley, the son of Klinsmann's predecessor, is missing from the 24-player list, but he's seeing no time at Borussia Mönchengladbach and is being linked to a move to AS Roma. The side's other big stars -- Galaxy captain Landon Donovan and England-based attacker Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Tim Howard -- are on the roster.

So is Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce, who was called in for Klinsmann's debut earlier this month against Mexico, although he did not play in the match. Pearce had been a preliminary-roster selection for the 2010 World Cup but hasn't represented the U.S. since.

Other local selections are Alta Loma's Carlos Bocanegra, Orange's Michael Orozco Fiscal, Fontana's Maurice Edu, and Huntington Beach's Sacha Kljestan and Robbie Rogers.

The U.S. meets Costa Rica on Friday, Sept. 2, at HDC and will open its training session to the public next Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. The Yanks also will play Belgium in Brussels on Sept. 6.

One newcomer on the list: former Germany U-21 defender/midfielder Fabian Johnson, 23, who was born in Munich, plays for 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and has dual citizenship. German-born back Timmy Chandler returns to the roster, but Jermaine Jones, the third German-American player in the pool, isn't on the roster.

Former Chivas USA head coach Martin Vasquez and former U.S. national team stars Thomas Dooley and Tab Ramos will serve as Klinsmann's assistants for the games, and Galaxy goalkeeper coach Ian Feuer will join the staff for the Costa Rica match.

The full roster:

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

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers FC/Scotland)
Edgar Castillo (Club America/Mexico)
Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg/Germany)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark)
Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)
Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/Mexico)
Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)

MIDFIELDERS
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Maurice Edu (Rangers FC/Scotland)
Fabian Johnson (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany)
Sacha Kljestan (RSC Anderlecht/Belgium)
Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids)
Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS
Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls)
Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)
Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City)
Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)