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Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled his 24 man roster for the United States World Cup Qualifier against Honduras on Wednesday. LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez is on it.
LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez was named to Jurgen Klinsmann's 24 man roster for the United States World Cup Qualifier against Honduras on Wednesday. As it is an away match, it will be broadcast on beIN Sport at 1:00 PST. The team is training in Miami today before leaving for Honduras later in the afternoon.
"We want to have a sense of urgency right from the start of the Final Round," said Klinsmann. "We have a lot of respect for Honduras, but our message to the team is that we are going there to get three points. One thing we learned from the Semifinal Round is that you have to bring the right mentality to play in the tough games on the road, and I'm confident we are ready to do that."
For Galaxy player Hercules Gomez is also on the roster, as a general FIFA data allows Klinsmann to call up players in Europe and Mexico. The roster is still heavier on MLS players that has been the norm, with Klinsmann living up to his promise that seven players from the January camp could make the roster for the Qualifier.
Chris Wondolowski, MLS' leading scorer the last three years, did not make the roster after a poor performance in the friendly against Canada. Brad Davis, MLS' best passing threat over the last three years, did make the roster for the first time since 2010.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (World Cup qualifying Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa - 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton - 22/9 SO), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9) : Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City - 0/0), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander - 31/5), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City - 5/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana - 0/0), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg - 0/0), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders - 0/0), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy - 0/0), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim - 3/0), Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg - 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Michael Bradley (Roma - 19/5), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Maurice Edu (Bursaspor - 9/0), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04 - 5/0), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht - 12/0), Jose Torres (Tigres - 9/0), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim - 4/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City - 3/0)
FORWARDS (4 ): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar - 17/6), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur - 26/10), Herculez Gomez (Santos - 6/2), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders - 11/10)