Donovan out, Lichaj in as Klinsmann calls on 23 for friendlies
CHICAGO (AP) - Landon Donovan has been left off the U.S. roster for exhibition games at Scotland and Austria because of a lingering ankle injury.
Donovan played poorly against Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier Oct. 11 and was dropped for the match at Panama four days later. While he returned to the field for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Oct. 20 and appeared in all three of the team's playoff games, he did not score any goals.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defenders Edgar Castillo and Clarence Goodson also are hurt and were not included in the 23-man group announced Monday by the U.S. Soccer Federation. No players active in the MLS playoffs were called in either, despite the league observing the FIFA international dates.
Defender Eric Lichaj was selected for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann became coach. Lichaj has not played for the U.S. since the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
The Americans play Scotland on Friday at Glasgow and Austria on Nov. 19 at Vienna.
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
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