US Men’s National Team Coach Bob Bradley named a 20 man roster for upcoming international friendlies against Poland and Colombia. The USMNT will play Poland in Chicago at Soldier Field on Saturday, October 9 at 7:00 pm CT. Three days later, the USMNT will host Colombia at the home of MLS’ Philadelphia Union on October 12 at 7:00 pm CT. The friendlies will be the first since the USMNT lost to Brazil in a friendly match in August following the 2010 World Cup. The match with Poland will be televised on FSC and Galavision, while the Colombia match will be televised on ESPN2 and Galavision.
Eighteen of the twenty players featured on the roster currently play with European clubs. The only MLS based players named to the squad are veteran defender Heath Pearce and youngster Brek Shea, both of FC Dallas. Midfielder Jermaine Jones of Bundesliga side Schalke 04 looks to gain his first US cap after declaring for the US team in 2009. Injuries have prevented the German-American from donning the US shirt, but Jones is again healthy and featuring regularly for Schalke in Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League matches.
Aston Viilla’s Eric Lichaj, a 22 year-old defender who is a native of the Chicago area, receives his first call up to the USMNT. Both of his parents are from Poland.
US Men’s National Team Roster
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (St. Etienne), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Eric Lichaj (Aston Villa), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Villareal), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Eddie Johnson (Fulham)