Klinsmann leaves Donovan off roster
D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was called into the U.S. men's national team ahead of two friendlies and a pair of World Cup qualifying matches, while all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan was omitted by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Hamid, who was a part of the U.S. team's January training camp, will be one of four goalkeepers to rotate as the third U.S. goalkeeper along with Chicago's Sean Johnson, Houston's Tally Hall and Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando. Hamid will join the team from May 30 to June 2 ahead of a friendly against Germany at RFK Stadium on June 2 but will not participate in World Cup qualifiers at Jamaica on June 7 or against Panama in Seattle on June 11.
"It's exciting that we can rotate them a bit in these upcoming couple of weeks," Klinsmann said, "because we don't want the MLS goalies to miss too many of their games."
|U.S. vs. Germany|
|When » June 2|
|Where » RFK Stadium|
|TV » ESPN2/UniMas|
|U.S. roster by position|
|Goalkeepers » Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)|
|Defenders » DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg)|
|Midfielders » Michael Bradley (Roma), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)|
|Forwards » Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)|
Donovan was not called in after taking a sabbatical from soccer over the winter and returning to the Los Angeles Galaxy in late March. He had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday, increasing his season total to two goals and three assists in six games.
The U.S. roster includes forward Jozy Altidore, who had an American-record 31 goals in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, where he was named to the Dutch Eredivisie team of the year. Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden also will return to the team for the first time since October 2010.
The U.S. opens its summer slate against Belgium in Cleveland on May 26.