U.S. picks roster for exhibition vs. Sweden
CHICAGO -- Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Clint
Dempsey head a relatively full-strength roster picked by the United
States for next week's exhibition game at Sweden.
Forward Josh Wolff, midfielder Bobby Convey, defender Steve
Cherundolo and backup goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann return from
injury layoffs to rejoin the Americans, whose Aug. 22 game in
Goteborg will be their first in Europe since Bob Bradley took over
as coach from Bruce Arena in December.
Wolff (groin) and Hahnemann (back) have not been with the U.S.
team since last year's World Cup, and Convey (knee) last played for
the national team in February. Cherundolo missed the CONCACAF Gold
Cup because of a back injury.
Sixteen of the 19 players on the roster are based in Europe,
with Donovan, midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and defender Jonathan
Bornstein coming from Major League Soccer.
The U.S. team is 10-3-1 under Bradley, going 10-0-1 at home and
0-3 at the Copa America. The Americans are looking to avoid their
first four-game losing streak since January 1997 defeats against
Peru, Mexico, Denmark and China.
After playing Sweden, the U.S. team faces South American
champion Brazil (Sept. 9 at Chicago) and then returns to Europe to
play Catalonia (Oct. 14 in Barcelona, Spain) and Switzerland (Oct.
17 in Basel). There also are plans for a Nov. 17 exhibition game at
Goalkeepers: Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, England), Tim Howard
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgium), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England)
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Michael Bradley (Heerenveen, Netherlands), Bobby Convey (Reading, England), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Benny Feilhaber (Derby, England), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado)
Forwards: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Charlie Davies (Hammarby, Sweden), Kamani Hill (Wolfsburg, Germany), Josh Wolff (1860 Munich, Germany), Sal Zizzo (Hannover, Germany)