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By IVES GALARCEP
U.S. Men’s National Team veterans Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley headline a veteran squad chosen by Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Klinsmann named a 23-man roster for the tournament, with Donovan and Beasley returning to the national team fold, where they will be joined by national team newcomer Jack McInerney and young midfielders Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud.
Here is the USMNT Gold Cup roster:
GOALKEEPERS– Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Nick Rimando
DEFENDERS– Oguchi Onyewu, Clarence Goodson, Edgar Castillo, Michael Parkhurst, Corey Ashe, Tony Beltran, Michael Orozco, DaMarcus Beasley
MIDFIELDERS– Kyle Beckerman, Joe Corona, Stuart Holden, Alejandro Bedoya, Mikkel Diskerud, Josh Gatt, Jose Torres
FORWARDS– Will Bruin, Herculez Gomez, Landon Donovan, Chris Wondolowski, Jack McInerney
Among the surprising omissions from the team were Brek Shea and former U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra. Shea is set to join Stoke City for pre-season while Bocanegra’s club future is uncertain, with rumors swirling that he will sign with MLS.
Here is the full list of players left off the final Gold Cup roster who were on the preliminary roster (these players could join the team after the group stage as replacements. Each team in the Gold Cup can make four roster chances after the group stage):
Tally Hall, Matt Besler, Carlos Bocanegra, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Davis, Brad Evans, Benny Feilhaber, Eddie Johnson, Brek Shea, Graham Zusi, Alan Gordon, Bobby Wood
The U.S. Gold Cup team opens tournament play on July 9th against Belize in Portland. They also face Cuba and Costa Rica in group play.
What do you think of the roster? Who are you excited to see make the team? Who are you disppointed to see left off?
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