U.S. names roster for qualifiers against Jamaica
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 24-player roster void of injured Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley on Sunday for two upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.
The United States resumes qualifying Friday at Jamaica at 8 p.m. (ET) and will host the Raggae Boys on Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio at 8 p.m. (ET).
The United States leads Group A in CONCACAF qualifying with four points, ahead of Jamaica on goal differential. The Americans have tied Jamaica on the road in their four previous meetings in qualifying.
"Obviously these are two huge games for us with six points on the line," said Klinsmann. "We are in a good position at the moment in our group, but we are going into the games ... 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."
Although Klinsmann will be without two usual starters in Donovan and Bradley, he will have the rest of the top U.S. players available. Clint Dempsey, who transferred from Fulham to Tottenham on Friday, was among those named to the team.
Following is the complete U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Racing), 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: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham), Herculez Gomez (Santos).
09/02 17:09:53 ET