Friday, May 25, 2012
CHIVAS: Agudelo dropped by U.S.
By Scott French
Chivas USA's young new star has returned the club after he was dropped from the U.S. national team roster for the “five-game tournament” that begins with Saturday's friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla., and wraps up with next month's World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda and Guatemala.
Juan Agudelo, a 19-year-old, Colombian-born striker acquired eight days ago in a trade from the New York Red Bulls, has been a regular for the U.S. under Jurgen Klinsmann, but his failure to make the cut from 27 to 23 players was not all that surprising. He has just returned from a knee injury and is still seeking his best form, having made only his second start of the season in his Chivas debut in last weekend's SuperClasico victory over the Galaxy.
Agudelo returned to the Goats on Thursday, is scheduled to train Friday morning and be available for Saturday's night's Major League Soccer game against the Seattle Sounders at Home Depot Center.
Also trimmed from the camp roster were Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi and two German-born players, Hertha Berlin defender Alfredo Morales and 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Danny Williams.
Agudelo was the only one of seven forwards in the Orlando, Fla., camp who did not make the roster for three friendlies -- the U.S. plays Brazil on Wednesday in Landover, Md., and Canada next Saturday in Toronto -- and for the qualifiers June 8 against Antigua in Tampa, Fla., and June 12 at Guatemala. The forwards on the list: Galaxy captain Landon Donovan, San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, Herculez Gomez from Mexican champion Santos Laguna, and European-employed Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd and Clint Dempsey.
Donovan (Redlands/Redlands East Valley HS) is five local players on the roster. The others are Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Montclair/Montclair HS and UCLA), Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma/Alta Loma HS and UCLA), Chievo Verona midfielder Michael Bradley (Manhattan Beach), and Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu (Fontana/Etiwanda HS). Two San Diegans -- veteran Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo and Club Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona -- also made the cut.
Here's the full U.S. roster for the five games:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England)
Tim Howard (Everton/England)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers/Scotland)
Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo)
Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico)
Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/Germany)
Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark)
Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon/Portugal)
Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland/Denmark)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona/Italy)
Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico)
Maurice Edu (Rangers/Scotland)
Fabian Johnson (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany)
Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany)
Jose Francisco Torres (Pachuca/Mexico)
Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands)
Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund/Germany)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Landon Donovan (Galaxy)
Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna/Mexico)
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)