Michael Bradley was called to the U.S. men’s national team roster for the first time since spraining his ankle while warming-up for the September 6 World Cup qualifier and will be a key as the Red, White and Blue look to close-out a very solid run in 2013.
Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23-player roster to face Scotland on November 15 at Hampden Park in Glasgow (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and UniMas) and Austria at Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Vienna (2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network and UniMas).
Bradley will anchor an all-European based midfield while the remained of the roster is mix of Europe and U.S./Mexico based players. Klinsmann was fortunate that ‘MLS (results) wound up fitting in with our roster plans’ most notably the Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders getting dumped from MLS Cup contention.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) :Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Michael Orozco (Puebla)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)