Donovan back on US squad for World Cup
AFPCHICAGO -- Landon Donovan is back with the United States' top-flight squad as Jurgen Klinsmann named his 23-man roster for World Cup qualifiers at Costa Rica and at home to Mexico.
August 31, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Donovan returns to Klinsmann's “A” team after 10 matches out having enjoyed a stellar CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign in July.
Also included in the squad are young dual-nationals John Anthony Brooks and Aron Johannsson, both in their first World Cup qualifying call-ups.
Johansson, a former Icelandic youth international, is committed to the USA after completing a one-time switch.
Brooks, the Hertha Berlin defender who has represented Germany at youth level, would be officially tied to the United States if he appears in a qualifying match.
The United States top the table in the six-nation final qualifying group in North and Central America with 13 points. Costa Rica are second on 11 points, and have never lost to the USA at home in a qualifier.
After the match in San Jose on Sept. 6, the United States host Mexico on Sept. 10 in Columbus, Ohio.
“The Costa Rica game in San Jose is the biggest game in 2013 for all of us because we want to win there,” said Klinsmann. “We want to qualify as soon as possible for the World Cup in Brazil. We want to get the first ever three points in World Cup qualifying in Costa Rica.”
U.S. captain Clint Dempsey is poised to earn his 100th cap for the United States.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders).