U.S. coach Bob Bradley called on 13 World Cup veterans - as well as 18 European-based players - for upcoming friendlies.U.S. national team manager Bob Bradley called up a mostly European-laden roster for upcoming games against Poland and Colombia.
All but two of the 20 players called in for the games in Chicago and Philadelphia ply their trade in the Old World. FC Dallas duo Brek Shea and Heath Pearce are the lone U.S.-based players but will not join up with the team until Oct. 10.
The roster features 13 World Cup players, including regulars Tim Howard, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey. It also features newcomers Eric Lichaj of Aston Villa and Jermaine Jones of Schalke. Jay DeMerit, who does not have a club and has been linked to a move to 2011 MLS expansion club Vancouver, is not on the roster.
Bradley opted to leave off MLS-based players from the team in order to "be given as much opportunity as possible to remain with their clubs and continue to make important contributions as the playoffs approach."
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Clarence Goodson (Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham).
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Moenchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham).
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