Just days before the U.S. national soccer team is to play Italy, Coach Juergen Klinsmann has had to scramble to fill out his roster.
Landon Donovan (bronchitis), Jermaine Jones (calf), Timothy Chandler (hamstring) and Jose Torres (hamstring) have been scratched in the past 24 hours. Sacha Kljestan and Brek Shea were summoned Sunday, and other additions are possible Monday.
Kljestan, a starter at Belgian leader Anderlecht, received his first call-up since September. Shea was scheduled to play for the U.S. under-23 squad against Mexico on Wednesday at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Instead, he will arrive in Genoa on Monday for Wednesday’s friendly against the Azzurri.
For an updated look at the USA roster and Italy’s list.....
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).
Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Chievo), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Brek Shea (FC Dallas).
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo).
Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Domenico Criscito (Zenit St. Petersburg), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino).
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus).
Forwards: Fabio Borini (Roma), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma), Alessandro Matri (Juventus), Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter Milan).