Klinsmann names final Gold Cup roster
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - United States men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann named his final 23-man roster on Thursday for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.
After being left off the roster for several of the Americans' World Cup qualifiers, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan makes his return to the national side.
Donovan, 31, is the most decorated United States player, scoring 49 goals on the international level in 144 appearances.
In addition to the return of Donovan, several MLS youngsters will look to make their mark as Houston Dynamo defender Corey Ashe and Philadelphia Union striker Jack McInerney both received their first call-up to the senior national team.
Ashe was called in for last month's friendly against Belgium, but withdrew because of injury, while McInerney has been opening eyes all season in Philadelphia. The 20-year-old forward has netted an MLS-best 10 goals for the Union this season.
Real Salt Lake veteran Nick Rimando leads a trio of MLS goalkeeper, while Bolton's Stuart Holden is back after getting called in for recent World Cup qualifiers.
The winner of the 2013 Gold Cup, which gets underway on July 7, will compete in a playoff with the winner of the 2015 event for the right to represent CONCACAF at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The U.S. has reached the final of the Gold Cup in five of the last six tournaments, winning three titles.
U.S. roster by position:
GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg).
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde FK), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Tigres).
FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
06/27 12:36:16 ET