Bob Bradley names Landon Donovan, Freddy Adu to U.S. national team roster
World Cup standout and Galaxy captain Landon Donovan and former soccer wunderkind Freddy Adu head a deep and experienced 23-man U.S. roster for next month's soccer friendly with World Cup champion Spain, as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Gold Cup roster didn't have to be finalized until Monday, and national team Coach Bob Bradley worked until midday to pick the team, which is expected to gather for training camp Thursday in Cary, N.C. Players on MLS or European-based teams will be allowed to play this weekend before coming to Cary.
The roster features 14 players who have played in at least one Gold Cup. Eleven men on the team have 30 or more international caps, led by Donovan with 130 appearances for the U.S. national team.
The tournament quarterfinals will be played June 18-19, the semifinals will be held June 22 and the Gold Cup concludes June 25 with the championship match at the Rose Bowl. Among the prizes for the Gold Cup winner is a berth in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
The roster (with their club teams)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (Bursaspor), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
-- Kevin Baxter
Photo: USA midfielder Landon Donovan applauds the crowd after the international friendly match between the United States and Argentina at New Meadowlands Stadium in March. Credit: Justin Lane / EPA