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U.S. national soccer team roster for friendlies with Honduras and Ecuador

Juergen Klinsmann’s U.S. roster for friendlies against Honduras on Oct. 8 in Miami (6 p.m., Fox Soccer, Univision) and Ecuador on Oct. 11 at Red Bull Arena (7 p.m., ESPN2, Univision):

GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hanover), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy).

New to the Klinsmann regime: Onyewu, who is playing regularly again at the club level; Rimando, who seems likely to pair with Howard for the Ecuador match, assuming Hamid returns to DCU for the Oct. 12 MLS match at Vancouver; and Williams, a German-American who is now eligible to play in an international match.

“One important thing is to see continuity in the build-up of our national team and also in the way we work as coaches,” Klinsmann said. “We’d like to see new faces as well, but we also don’t want to shake up the core structure of the team too much. The two results with Costa Rica and Belgium didn’t work in our favor but we saw clearly that the team started to understand what we demand from them in terms of pace, playing style and how to play. We are definitely on the right path, and what we now need to focus on in this get together is the eagerness to finish things off up front.”

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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