Jozy Altidore called to USMNT camp; Matt Hedges replaces Brad Evans
U.S. Soccer announced on Friday that forward Jozy Altidore had been called in to the men's national team's training camp in Carson, Calif.
On Friday, Toronto FC announced that Altidore had signed a Designated Player deal with the MLS club after transferring from Sunderland of the English Premier League.
The 25-year-old forward scored three goals over 52 appearances in two seasons with the English club. Altidore has recorded 25 goals over 76 appearances with the U.S. men's national team but missed most of this summer's World Cup in Brazil because of a hamstring tear.
U.S. Soccer also announced on Friday that defender Brad Evans has withdrawn from the camp after being diagnosed with tendinitis in his left knee. FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges was added to the roster to replace Evans.
Evans, 29, has played the past six seasons with the Seattle Sounders after spending the first two seasons of his career with the Columbus Crew. He was named to the preliminary 30-man roster for this summer's World Cup in Brazil but did not make the final 23-man group.
Hedges, 24, just completed his third season with FC Dallas, who fell to the Sounders in this year's Western Conference Semifinals after going 16-12-6.
The camp began on Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 8. The U.S. will travel to Santiago, Chile, later this month to face Chile in a Jan. 28 friendly. The U.S. will also square off with Panama on Feb. 8 in Carson.
- Chris Johnson