Juergen Klinsmann invited 11 additional players to the U.S. national team training camp in Orlando on Sunday, increasing the roster to 27 ahead of three friendlies and two World Cup qualifiers.
He’ll unveil the final 23-man roster Friday afternoon, the eve of the Scotland friendly Saturday in Jacksonville (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Galavision). Barring injury, the group will remain together for friendlies against Brazil on May 30 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., and Canada on June 3 in Toronto, plus qualifiers with Antigua on June 8 in Tampa and at Guatemala four days later.
The additions were:
DEFENDERS: Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland).
MIDFIELDERS: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
Notable omissions: FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea, Puebla midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, Bolton center back Tim Ream, Aston Villa outside back Eric Lichaj and Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan.
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GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland).
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo), Joe Corona (Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
European-based players: 16.
MLS-based players: 7.
Mexican-based players: 4.
Through a compromise with Alkmaar, Altidore will report to camp May 28 and miss the Scotland match. (The club wasn’t obligated to release him before June 1.)
Dempsey is recovering from a groin injury and is questionable for the Scotland match. He hasn’t practiced since arriving in Orlando but has made progress, a USSF spokesman said.
Because the final roster is so large and Klinsmann wants this five-game stretch to replicate a tournament format, he might include all three keepers.
Klinsmann, on Shea’s omission: “We have watched Brek during the last few months, and given his performances and some of the other issues we felt he should be on the standby list. He’s still a young player with a lot of talent, and also a lot to learn.”
Shea, who has appeared regularly for Klinsmann, is serving a three-game MLS suspension for kicking a ball at a referee’s assistant.
For Klinsmann’s quote sheet from the USSF, click here.