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U.S. national team news and notes

*Juergen Klinsmann will unveil his U.S. national team roster for the May-June matches this Thursday afternoon with as many as 27 players. He will trim the list to 23 after the friendlies against Belgium and Germany and before the three World Cup qualifiers.

Reasons for the large number of call-ups: seven players are on yellow cards heading into the qualifiers; Klinsmann wants to keep potential Gold Cup players from Europe and Mexico in form; and he wants to take a closer look at veterans who haven’t been playing a lot this year, most notably Stuart Holden.

Training camp will open May 21 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., although not everyone will report right away because of club obligations. The Americans will begin their five-game slate May 29 against Belgium in Cleveland.

*The U.S. Soccer Federation is not commenting on a Sports Illustrated report that Landon Donovan will not be recalled for the May-June matches.

*Klinsmann is in Sao Paulo tonight to watch Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo with Tijuana facing Palmeiras in the second leg of a Copa Libertadores round-of-16 series. The first match in Mexico ended scoreless.

*Ticket sales for the Germany friendly June 2 at RFK Stadium have reached 36,500.

*The USSF is planning to hold a public training session June 1 at RFK. Admission is free. Details will be released shortly.

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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