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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Rimando hears Klinsmann's call

By Scott French

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando has received his first U.S. national team call-up from Jurgen Klinsmann.

The former UCLA star is among six Southern California products -- the others squad regulars -- on the 22-man roster for friendlies Oct. 8 vs. Honduras in Miami and Oct. 11 vs. Ecuador in Harrison, N.J.

Rimando (Montclair/Montclair HS), 32, was the top domestic keeper under former coach Bob Bradley, and he was on the U.S. roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, but he's made only five international appearances, the last in a 1-1 draw in January against Chile at Home Depot Center.

The Americans' top netminders have been based in Europe, primarily England, for more than a decade. Tim Howard, who plays at Everton and is on this roster, is America's No. 1. Rising youngster Bill Hamid, who plays for D.C. United, is Klinsmann's third keeper for this set of games.

The usual call-ups include Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (Redlands/Redlands East Valley HS), Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma/Alta Loma HS) and midfielder Maurice Edu (Fontana/Etiwanda HS), and Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo, who is from San Diego. Midfielder Michael Bradley, Bob's son, whose family is based in Manhattan Beach, returns to the list after settling in at Chievo Verona.

Also in: San Luis defender Michael Orozco Fiscal (Orange/Magnolia HS), whom Klinsmann is incorporating into central defense.

Bob Bradley, who was dismissed at the end of July, makes his debut as Egypt's head coach on Oct. 8 in an 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger in Cairo. The game means nothing to the Pharaohs, who have been eliminated from the competition, but is crucial for Niger, which has never played in the continent's nations championship.

The full roster:

GOALKEEPERS
Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS
Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers FC/Scotland)
Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg/Germany)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany)
Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal)
Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/Mexico)
Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/England)

MIDFIELDERS
DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona/Italy)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Landon Donovan (Galaxy)
Maurice Edu (Rangers FC/Scotland)
Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids)
Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Danny Williams (Hoffenheim 1899/Germany)

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