September 2, 2012
CALLED TO CAMP
Donovan not on 25-man training roster for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers
CHICAGO — U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Sunday called 25 players into training camp to prepare for the World Cup Qualifiers against Jamaica.
Landon Donovan will sit out the next two World Cup qualifiers, against Jamaica on September 7 and 11.
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LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan, who has been hampered by hamstring injuries recently, was left off the roster, while midfielder-forward Clint Dempsey, who is out of match fitness after his transfer from Fulham to Tottenham on Friday, was on the roster.
The Americans faces the Reggae Boyz in Kingston at 8 p.m. ET on Friday (beIN SPORT).
Four days later, the U.S. will welcome the Caribbean nation to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, and players began reporting to Miami on Sunday. The team will train for three days prior to departing for Kingston.
“Obviously these are two huge games for us with six points on the line,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “We are in a good position at the moment in our group, but we are going into the games against Jamaica with the mindset that we want to win both. We feel very confident in the group that we have coming in. We are developing a lot of good chemistry and experience in the team, and now our goal is to become more and more consistent. We are ready to put in a lot of hard work this week and will be prepared on Friday to get a result.”
The U.S. leads Group A in the semifinal round of CONCACAF 2ualifying for Brazil 2014 with four points after two matches, holding the lead on Jamaica based on a superior goal differential.
The Americans will try to win a qualifier in Jamaica for the first time, having collected draws in their previous four attempts. With Guatemala and Antigua & Barbuda also facing back-to-back matches, amassing points in these two games is critical.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)