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Report: Landon Donovan on United States roster for Gold Cup

Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl reports that Landon Donovan will be named to the United States roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.


Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl is reporting that Landon Donovan will be named on the final 23 man roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The full roster will be announced later in the week and there is no word yet is Omar Gonzalez, who was named on the provisional roster, will be called up for Gold Cup duty as well.

The US will play a friendly on July 5th in San Diego to warm up for the tournament and then have group stage matches from July 9th through July 16th. The Yanks are in a group with Costa Rica, Belize, and Cuba. Should they emerge from that group, they'll have knockout stage matches from July 21st to as late as July 28th.

This means Donovan could miss from the Galaxy's match on July 4th through to at least the road trip to Portland on July 13th. Making the knockout stage could wipe out the entire month of July.

That's a whole month where the best solution on the right flank could be Hector Jimenez or Michael Stephens. With the transfer window opening on July 1st, it could also mean Donovan (and potentially Omar Gonzalez) not meeting a new teammate until weeks after their debut.

For Donovan, the call-up is likely a tryout for returning to the USMNT A-squad. A solid showing in the Gold Cup could mean a call-up for the next round of World Cup Qualifiers. For the US, winning the tournament gets them a spot in a playoff for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.