By FRANCO PANIZO
Here come the big guns.
World Cup veterans Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones were among the six players added to the U.S. Men’s National Team on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s friendly vs. Honduras. Joining them were Graham Zusi and Matt Besler, who also played in Brazil this past summer, and goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Conversely, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sent a half-dozen players back to their clubs. Omar Gonzalez, Brad Guzan, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Luis Gil and the now internationally-retired Landon Donovan were the ones to leave camp.
Gyau did travel with the U.S. to Florida, but only to have his sprained left knee evaluated before returning to Borussia Dortmund. Gyau sustained the injury in the first half of the Americans’ 1-1 draw vs. Ecuador on Friday night.
The squad for Tuesday’s game at FAU Stadium now stands at 21 players. Here is the full updated U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (6): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders (7): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (5): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
What do you think of these roster moves? Expecting the added five field players to start on ? How do you see the USMNT doing against Honduras?
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