Klinsmann announces U.S. national team roster for Italy friendly next week

Juergen Klinsmann’s 21-man roster for the U.S. national soccer team’s friendly against Italy next Wednesday (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Galavision, ESPN3.com) includes primarily European-based players — not a surprise given the location abroad (Genoa), opponent (world power), timing (late in MLS preseason and under-23 friendly vs. Mexico the same day) and, well, most of the best Americans do play in Europe. So here’s the list:

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Chievo), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Edson Buddle (L.A. Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy).

“We’re looking forward to having all the European-based players back in the roster and picking up where we left off with them from the Slovenia game,” said Klinsmann, citing the 3-2 victory in November. “I’m excited about getting everybody together and challenging a world-class team on their home soil. I think we have put a very competitive roster together. This roster was co-developed with the U-23 team because we wanted them to have a great preparation game before they go into Olympic qualifying in March.”

Sporting Lisbon center back Oguchi Onyewu (knee injury last weekend) and Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden (returning from a knee injury) are not available.

Surprise absence: Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who is in fine form and playing regularly.

Boyd was initially scheduled to attend U.S. under-23 camp, but Klinsmann called him into the senior national team. He is the only player on the squad without a cap.

Italy will announce its roster Sunday.

Your thoughts on the U.S. list are welcome in our comments section.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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