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Donovan back, as Klinsmann announces U.S. Gold Cup roster

Jun 27, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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Jurgen Klinsmann didn’t cause too many surprises as he named his 23-man squad for this summer’s Gold Cup being held in the United States.

With plenty of Klinsmann’s regular starters out of the picture the USMNT head coach has called upon fringe players, as expected, using this competition to give others a chance to shine.

Players from Major League Soccer feature heavily, with 10 players from the USA’s domestic league making the squad. However Klinsmann did have a deal with Major League Soccer teams that he wouldn’t call players up for both the World Cup qualifiers and Gold Cup.

But the US head coach is allowed to add four more players to his roster after the Gold Cup group stages.

The most notable name included is LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who will pull on the USMNT jersey for the first-time in almost a year, with his last appearance for the Yanks coming in the historic 1-0 friendly win over Mexico at the Azteca on August 15, 2012.

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Donovan, 31, is the national team’s active caps leader with 144, while he is also the all-time team record goalscorer (49) and leader in assists (48). His inclusion back in the US national team will please many, including the man himself who has been itching for a Nats call-up since returning from a self-imposed sabbatical during the 2013 off season.

While elsewhere Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney receives his first full call-up. McInerney currently leads MLS in scoring with 10 goals so far this campaign. Will Bruin will get another shot up front and Stuart Holden could play a pivotal role in midfield as he continues his long comeback from injury.

And Rosenborg midfielder Mix Diskerud should now chose the U.S. over Norway as he will be cap-tied when appearing for the full national team, with other European-based midfielders Josh Gatt and Alejandro Bedoya were called upon.

Veterans Kyle Beckerman, DaMarcus Beasley, Nick Rimando and Herculez Gomez also get the nod, with a good mixture of youth and experience selected by Klinsi.

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There are some notable exclusions from the squad, with 34-year-old defender and former captain Carlos Bocanegra surprisingly left out. Could this be the end for Bocanegra’s international career?

The 2013 Gold Cup will run from July 6-28 in 13 U.S. cities. The winner will face the 2015 champion in a playoff for a spot at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

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You can watch the US national team prepare for the Gold Cup with a friendly against Guatemala on July 5, (11pm ET) live on NBC Sports Network. Below is Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man squad for the Gold Cup:

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8) : Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Tigres)

FORWARDS (5) : Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

  1. midtec2005 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    This roster is for experimentation… I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. I think it would be cool to see something like a 4-3-1-2 as follows….

    Bruin – McInerny
    Donovan/Beasley – Beckermen – Holden/Gatt
    Beltran – Gooch – Parkhurst – Ashe

    That’s probably too experimental though. I personally want to see how Bruin, McInerny, and Diskerud do. I fully expect Donovan to be the standout, he’s hungry. Then we will all be trying to figure out how Klinnsy can get him back in the full team.

    • canis216 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      I’m not crazy about 4-3-1-2 with this (or any) American roster. The fullbacks would really need to provide a lot of support in attack or we would really lack width, and at the same time they’d be vulnerable to overloads on the wing in defense. I don’t think our fullbacks are ready for quite that much responsibility.

    • canis216 - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      And now I feel obliged to post a lineup of my own. Personally I favor using a 4-2-3-1. Something like:


      Or maybe we play Beasley at LW, make Landon the number 10, and play Gatt on the right. But I really want Mix in the side and Donovan can use his pace and crossing ability really well out on the wing. Mix would probably play a little than Clint but that could work well if it allows Holden to use his energy to get forward as the link man. Beckerman shields the back four, of course.

      • midtec2005 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        That’s a good lineup. Hopefully we get to see plenty of minutes from the young forwards too.

        I think Beckerman is going to do well. He has struggled in the past, but I think he knows he has to step it up. I’m betting that he will, sometimes it just takes players a while to adjust to the international game.

  2. jpi75 - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    No Brek. Hmm… I was really hoping to see Brek back on the field. But I’ll still be happy to see the players who don’t play Fox Soccer Channel.

  3. planethotdog - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    It’s a shame Bocanegra was left out. Happy to see Gooch, though.

    • midtec2005 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      I didn’t even realize that, you’re right. He was always one of the most consistent players we had…

    • geojock - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Yeah, they do have a good mix of veterans, but I feel those kids could learn a lot playing more with Bocanegra .

  4. geojock - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Will Bruin hasnt done much at all this season for Houston. Not sure about that one.

    I also thought Bill Hamid’s numerous fails had put him out of the USMNT picture. Tally Hall maybe a better pick? Similar story with Sean Johnson, but to be fair I have not seen many of his games recently

    Rimando must hold the some kind of record for number of times called up vs actually games played.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Kyle Beckerman is a horrid international and I can’t believe he keeps coming back. He’s like a bad penny.

    He’s technically slow, physically slow and weak, and a born counterattack killer (ours, not theirs.) He’s prone to dribbling himself into trouble in his own end, and U.S. soccer should have evolved past this point by now.

    • canis216 - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Do you see another holding midfielder on this roster?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        What could that possibly have to do with anything? In MLS, he can do that. Internationally he has proven time and again that it’s not in his kit. I’d much rather give someone new a chance than watch him fail over and over again.

  6. mdac1012 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I am not much of a Beckerman fan myself, but we have to keep in mind this is very much the “B” team. Most of these guys are probably not making the World Cup roster and the ones that do, outside of a couple of guys, aren’t going to see any meaningful minutes anyway.

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