Klinsmann selects U.S. roster for October friendlies
MIAMI (AP) -- Defender Oguchi Onyewu will rejoin the U.S. men's national soccer team for upcoming matches against Honduras and Ecuador.
Onyewu is one of only three players on the 22-man list released Thursday who has not been in camp with the Americans since coach Jurgen Klinsmann took over last month. The others are goalkeeper Nick Rimando and German-born Danny Williams, who will be eligible to play for the United States after his citizenship is certified.
Top Americans Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Michael Bradley are among those selected.
The U.S. plays Honduras in Miami on Oct. 8, then travels to Harrison, N.J., to face Ecuador on Oct. 11. The team will begin training next week in South Florida.
Klinsmann said FIFA has approved Fabian Johnson's application to switch from Germany's national team program to the U.S. Johnson, a midfielder and defender for Hoffenheim, currently is sidelined by a neck injury, He started for Germany in the final of the Under-21 European Championship two years ago.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
"We would like to continue seeing our players develop through these initial couple of months," said Klinsmann in a press release. "One important thing is to see continuity in the build-up of our national team and also in the way we work as coaches. We'd like to see new faces as well, but we also don't want to shake up the core structure of the team too much.
"The two results with Costa Rica and Belgium didn't work in our favor but we saw clearly that the team started to understand what we demand from them in terms of pace, playing style and how to play. "