Jurgen Klinsmann's provisional Gold Cup roster was released today by CONCACAF, and it features LA Galaxy players Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez. With the United States involved with World Cup Qualifying this summer, the Gold Cup has been labeled a B-tournament. However, the provision roster features several US players who have broken in to the A-team.
The Gold Cup is likely Donovan's opportunity to earn his way back onto the national team roster for September. Not so much that it's a test, but rather that Klinsmann is showing he wants to get one on one time with Donovan before the Qualifiers.
There is something at stake in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup: a spot in a playoff with the 2015 Gold Cup winner for the 2017 Confederations Cup ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. With Mexico in this year's Confederations Cup in Brazil, the US has a chance to steal away a playoff spot as Mexico won't be using anything close to a full strength squad in the Gold Cup.
There are no qualifiers during July so there's not a conflict in participating in both tournaments. MLS coaches certainly won't be happy about losing some of their stars not only in June and September, but July as well. Omar Alejandro Gonzalez is already with the US in the Qualifying bouts missing three MLS tilts.
If he and Landon Timothy Donovan are called up for the Gold Cup roster, they'll miss at least the LA Galaxy away match at Portland Timbers on July 13th. The US are in a group with Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba which they'll be favored to emerge out of. The games are on Tuesday, July 9th; Saturday, July 13th; and Tuesday July 16th.
Making the Quarterfinals would mean missing the following weeks home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and making the championship would mean missing one more LA Galaxy match away at Colorado.
A.J. DeLaGarza, who participated in January camp, isn't on the provisional roster and likely won't see any time with the US this year.