Claudio Reyna and Tim Howard, two high-profile Americans based in Europe who have been largely absent from the U.S. national team this year, will return to the squad for a 2006 World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.
They were among 20 players named to the roster for the match at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. A victory would almost ensure the U.S. team (4-1-0) a berth in next summer's World Cup in Germany.
Players with Washington area ties are D.C. United forward-midfielder Santino Quaranta; Belgium-based defender Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood High); New England striker Taylor Twellman (University of Maryland); and former United players Bobby Convey (now in England) and Chris Albright (Los Angeles Galaxy).
Half of the players are from European clubs; the other half are from MLS. Training camp will open Sunday.
"We are facing the usual circumstances of injuries and suspensions, which is all part of the process," Coach Bruce Arena said. "Having said that, I'm certain we can be successful."
Defenders Eddie Pope and Frankie Hejduk are serving one-game suspensions for accumulating yellow cards; several players, including veterans Pablo Mastroeni and Steve Cherundolo, are out because of injuries.
Reyna, a former University of Virginia midfielder hampered by injuries suffered with English club Manchester City last season, has appeared in only one recent qualifier, a 2-1 loss at Mexico in March. He'll likely start next week. Howard, a Manchester United goalkeeper who hadn't been called in lately because of a shoulder injury and lack of playing time in England, will probably back up Kasey Keller.
-- Steven Goff