U.S. sets roster for next 2 matches

Updated: March 21, 2011, 12:44 AM ET
Associated Press

CARY, N.C. -- Midfielder Stuart Holden needed 26 stitches to close a gash near his left knee and was dropped Sunday along with defenders Steve Cherundolo and Zak Whitbread from the U.S. national team's upcoming exhibition games against Argentina and Paraguay.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday that an X-ray of Holden revealed no broken bones following the challenge Saturday by Manchester United's Jonny Evans during Bolton's 1-0 loss at Old Trafford. Evans received a red card.

Holden was to be evaluated again on Sunday, according to the USSF. In a Twitter posting late Sunday, Holden said, "Not good news tweeps, speak tomorrow" followed by a sad face.

Last year, Holden's right leg was broken by a challenge from the Netherlands' Nigel de Jong during an exhibition on March 3. He returned May 9 in Bolton's final game of the season.

Cherundolo (groin) and Whitbread (back) will rest nagging injuries. Whitbread, the Norwich defender who scored his first goal in two years Saturday, would have been attending a national team camp for the first time.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley added Leeds defender Eric Lichaj, leaving the roster at 22.

The U.S. plays Argentina on Saturday at East Rutherford, N.J., and Paraguay three days later at Nashville, Tenn. The Americans will debut red jerseys against the Albiceleste.

The revised roster:

Goalkeepers: Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England), David Yelldell (Duisburg, Germany)

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Tigres, Mexico), Timothy Chandler (Nuremberg, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver), Eric Lichaj (Leeds, England), Oguchi Onyewu (Twente, Netherlands), Tim Ream (New York), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England)

Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Aston Villa, England), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Mikkel Diskeruud (Stabaek, Norway), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus, Denmark), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn, England), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht, Belgium)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor, Turkey), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt, Germany)


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