Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added 11 players to the U.S. men's national team training camp roster for this summer's series of matches that includes three friendlies and the team's first two World Cup qualifiers in June.
Having already named 16 mostly foreign-based players earlier this week, Klinsmann added some domestic players to the mix Sunday. The final, 23-man roster for the five-game series will be released May 25.
There were the expected additions, highlighted by Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore, who just finished a spectacular, 19-goal season overseas in the Netherlands. But one noticeable omission was Brek Shea, whom Klinsmann had called on regularly since becoming head coach last July.
“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, still making his way back from a turf toe injury, isn't having a great week. MLS suspended the F.C. Dallas star for three games for kicking the ball at an assistant referee in a recent match against Columbus.
Shea was furious over the flop, which was blatent, but that certainly didn't give him the right to react the way he did. The linesman was lucky Shea got under it as much as he did.
But, back to the players that will be representing the United States this summer ...
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GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Following the match against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 26, the U.S. will host five-time World Cup champions Brazi May 30 in Landover, Md. and will travel to Toronto to face Canada on June 3.
World Cup qualifying begins June 8 when the Americans host Antigua and Barbuda in Tampa, Fla. Four days later, they go on the road to take on Guatemala.
Which four players are most likely to get cut? At least a couple forwards are probably on the chopping block -- and it seems Boyd, Agudelo and Wondolowski could be fighting for a spot or two. Gomez has been too hot and the other forwards are all proven veterans.
Agudelo's recent trade to New York to Chivas USA gives him new life and Klinsmann decided to boost his confidence a little more.
“He has an opportunity now, and we want him to grab it and make clear to everyone that he deserves to be a starter no matter where he plays,” he said.