U.S. national team news & notes

January 23, 2013

*U.S. national team training camp continues in Carson, Calif., with two fewer players: Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle (knee) and San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour (sport hernia) returned home with injuries. With a large group remaining in camp (23), Juergen Klinsmann will not call in replacements ahead of the Jan. 29 friendly against Canada at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

The current roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
DEFENDERS: Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), A.J. DeLaGarza (L.A. Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Galaxy), Connor Lade (New York Red Bulls), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Jeff Parke (Philadelphia Union).
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (out of contract), Brad Davis (Houston), Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Benny Feilhaber (Kansas City), Joshua Gatt (Molde, Norway), Graham Zusi (Kansas City).
FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Will Bruin (Houston), Eddie Johnson (Seattle), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).

Canada’s roster for Denmark and U.S. friendlies:

GOALKEEPERS: Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga, Norway), Roberto Stillo (Genoa, Italy), Simon Thomas (out of contract).

DEFENDERS: Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Nana Attakora (FC Haka, Finland), Dejan Jakovic (D.C. United), Doneil Henry (Toronto), Mason Trafford (Mariehamn, Finland), Andres Fresenga (Racing de Montevideo, Uruguay)

MIDFIELDERS: Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby, Sweden), Philippe Davies (Richmond Kickers), Terry Dunfield (Toronto), Kyle Bekker (Toronto), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (out of contract), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Matt Stinson (Toronto), Emmanuel Gomez (Atletico Griffa, Argentina).

FORWARDS: Evan James (out of contract), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes, Norway), Frank Jonke (Jaro, Finland), Kyle Porter (FC Edmonton).

*As of late last week, about 8,500 tickets had been sold for the low-key friendly in Houston, putting it on pace to draw a typical crowd for a January U.S. match featuring second-tier players.

Attendance for recent January matches:

2012: 22,403 vs. Venezuela at U of Phoenix Stadium

2011: 18,580 vs. Chile at Home Depot Center

2010: 18,626 vs. Honduras at Home Depot Center

2009: 9,918 vs. Sweden at Home Depot Center

2008: 14,878 vs. Sweden at Home Depot Center

2007: 10,048 vs. Denmark at Home Depot Center

2006: 16,366 vs. Norway at Home Depot Center and 6,077 vs. Canada at Torero Stadium in San Diego

*Beyond the Canada friendly, Klinsmann is preparing for the opening match of the CONCACAF World Cup hexagonal, Feb. 6 against Honduras in San Pedro Sula. He plans to invite between six and nine players from the January camp to complement the core of veterans from Europe and Mexico. Given his roster policy for significant matches, Klinsmann probably won’t release his traveling roster until Feb. 3, at the earliest. The delegation will travel to San Pedro Sula from South Florida the next day.

*Honduras has been active, competing in the Copa Centroamericana in Costa Rica, which will determine the five regional entries in this summer’s Gold Cup. Honduras has already qualified with a pair of draws in group play, against El Salvador and Panama, and will face Belize in the Copa Centroamericana semifinals Friday. (Costa Rica and El Salvador meet in the other semi.)

GolTV is providing coverage of the tournament and will show matches Friday at 4 p.m. ET (fifth place: Panama-Guatemala), 6:30 (Honduras-Belize) and 9 p.m. (Costa Rica-El Salvador). The third-place game and final are Sunday at 3:30 and 6, respectively. For the Honduras roster in this event, click here.

*Americans abroad today:

MF Michael Bradley and Roma vs. Inter Milan in Italian Cup semifinals, first leg (2:40 p.m. ET, beIN Sport Spanish, tape at 10 p.m. on beIN Sport)

MF DaMarcus Beasley and D Michael Orozco Fiscal for Puebla vs. Celaya in Copa MX (10 p.m., Univision Deportes 2)

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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