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Castillo among four new players called in for USA friendly vs. Denmark

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Edgar Castillo has been called into his first U.S. national team camp.

The New Mexico native and former Mexican national team player was one of four new players called into the U.S. men's national team camp ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Denmark. He will be joining the U.S. team for the first time since the new FIFA rule that allowed him to change national team affiliations from Mexico to the United States.

Midfielders Stuart Holden and Jose Francisco Torres were also called in, as was Ricardo Clark.

Here is the full squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton), Troy Perkins (Valerenga)

DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Edgar Castillo (Tigres), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)

MIDFIELDERS: Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), José Francisco Torres (Pachuca)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Hull City), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)

Clint Dempsey, Steve Cherundolo and Chad Marshall have been sent home. According to U.S. Soccer, neither Dempsey or Cherundolo is injured, but Marshall is carrying a knee injury.

What do you think of the squad? Excited to see Castillo finally called in? Think Holden and Torres should start vs. Denmark? Who didn't get called in that you were hoping to see?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I’ve always been under the impression that Rogers was left footed, especially as he took our corners in that match left footed, hence my question.

  2. Kyle, do you know how many goals Zamora and Kamara scored in the EPL last season? If you’re behind these two, there’s should be little chance of playing for club or country.

    The only spin out for EJ inclusion would be to attribute the Ching intangibles to Z and K.

  3. What does Geoff Cameron have to do to get a call-up? He doesn’t make mistakes and I think he’s better than Hejduk and Pearce at this point.

  4. Technically it wouldn’t be an official cap, but since Castillo already used his one time switch he could never play for Mexico again. Same goes for Jermaine Jones, even though he hasn’t actually played for us yet.


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