U.S. roster adds 11 players
Jurgen Klinsmann has added 11 names to his initial list of call-ups in advance of the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifiers next month and Landon Donovan is on it.
So is new Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo.
They're part of a 27-man group that will train through Friday in Orlando then be trimmed to 23 before Saturday's friendly against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla. Those 23 will then represent the U.S. in friendlies against Brazil and Canada and in the first two qualifying games, June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Fla., and June 12 at Guatemala.
Former Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez, who is wrapping up his Mexican league campaign Sunday night for Santos Laguna in the Primera Division's Clausura championship, and Major League Soccer scoring leader Chris Wondolowski from the San Jose Earthquakes also are on the list.
Five MLS players -- Donovan, Agudelo, Wondolowski, Houston defender Geoff Cameron and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi -- joined three Real Salt Lake players, including Montclair-bred goalkeeper Nick Rimando, as the domestic contingent.
"We are excited now to get towards full numbers with the MLS guys and also the players from Europe who are coming in with great form," Klinsmann said. "We want them to pick up the rhythm as fast as possible and make them understand that we are taking the next couple weeks very seriously."
Agudelo, acquired by Chivas on Thursday in a trade from the New York Red Bulls, and Donovan were scheduled to fly Sunday to Florida. They could be away from their teams until mid-June, missing league games Wednesday and Saturday and as many as two U.S. Open Cup matches.
Gomez isn't reporting until Wednesday and Denmark-based defender Clarence Goodson until Thursday. Forward Jozy Altidore, who plays in Holland, appears to a be a certainty for the 23-man roster. He doesn't arrive in camp until after the Scotland friendly.
Among the rising players from MLS not chosen was Brek Shea of FC Dallas.
"We have watched Brek during the last few months, and given his performances and some of the other issues we felt he should be on the standby list," Klinsmann said. "He's still a young player with a lot of talent, and also a lot to learn."
Shea was suspended for three games by MLS this week for kicking the ball at an assistant referee.
Here are the players added to the roster Sunday:
Landon Donovan (Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund/Germany), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna/Mexico), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
And here are the players previously announced:
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), Danny Williams (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany)
Clint Dempsey (Fulham/England)
Scott French covers soccer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.