Monday, May 23, 2011
GALAXY: Both Donovans gone for Gold Cup
By Scott French
The Galaxy will be without two players for most and perhaps all of June, and neither absence is unexpected.
Landon Donovan, of course, is on the 23-man U.S. roster Bob Bradley unveiled Monday for the June 5-25 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is on Jamaica's roster.
Both figure to miss at least three Galaxy games -- June 3 against D.C. United and June 11 against Toronto FC, both at Home Depot Center, and June 18 at Colorado -- and hope to skip a fourth, June 25 at HDC against San Jose.
The Gold Cup quarterfinals are June 18 and 19, the semifinals are June 22, and the final is June 25 at the Rose Bowl. The U.S. is expected to reach the title game; Jamaica appears likely for the quarterfinals, and the Reggae Boyz's final-four chances depend on matchups.
The Galaxy also is slated to open U.S. Open Cup play on June 28, and both are likely to sit it out.
Jamaica, which has eight MLS players -- the largest contingent in the tournament, and that includes the U.S., which has seven -- will play in a June 6 doubleheader at HDC against Grenada.
No Chivas USA players were selected. The likeliest choice, defender Michael Umaņa, has seen just three minutes of action for the Goats this season and was left off Costa Rica's roster.
The New York Red Bulls among MLS clubs are losing the most players: five. Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City have four players on Gold Cup rosters, and D.C. United has three.
Here's a full list of the Major League Soccer players on Gold Cup rosters announced Monday (full rosters can be found at CONCACAF's website):
M Julian de Guzman (Toronto FC)
F/M Dwayne De Rosario (New York Red Bulls)
D Terry Dunfield (Vancouver Whitecaps)
D Andre Hainault (Houston Dynamo)
D Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United)
D/M Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake)
F Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
F/M Arturo Alvarez (Real Salt Lake)
D Steve Purdy (Portland Timbers)
M Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution)
M Craig Rocastle (Sporting Kansas City)
M Stephane Auvray (Sporting Kansas City)
M Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)
F Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia Union)
M/D Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City)
F Ryan Johnson (San Jose Earthquakes)
D Tyrone Marshall (Colorado Rapids)
M/F Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls)
G Donovan Ricketts (Galaxy)
D Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo)
D Shavar Thomas (Sporting Kansas City)
M Jevaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo)
D Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC)
D Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls)
F Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls)
M/F Landon Donovan (Galaxy)
M Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution)
D Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
G Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
M Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
F/M Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Note: No MLS players are on Cuba's nor Panama's rosters.